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Being Benny

May 19, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

Being Benny is a fun little ebook with great illustrations and rhyming story. It is told by an adult narrator at first and then complemented nicely by a child narrator. The book tells the story of a bored little boy on a rainy day who daydreams. He thinks to himself, "If I were a Tree, I'd Probably Be Oak ... If I were a Chimney, I'd Make Lots of Smoke!"

The story consists entirely of these rhymes, with delightful illustrations of each scene with anthropomorphized characters, like a tree with eyes, nose and expressive mouth. The overall effect is delightful, making for a perfect little bedtime read or for a young reader to enjoy on their own. The text also responds to tapping by triggering narration for the page, even in 'read myself' mode. This is an especially nice feature for new or struggling readers.

Overall this is a well made digital book with simple swipe-style page turn, narration and easy to use settings. The book is very short and not interactive or animated, but it's still a great choice. The story is well written in fun rhymes with expressive graphics that make the book a sure hit with young kids.

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Being Benny

May 19, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

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Dan Wetzel

ArtGig Studio

Length (time):
2 - 3 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: Yes

Allows Own Narration:

Uses Motion: No

Age: 3 - 8

English •

Length (pages):
31 Pages


Story Synopsis - Being Benny

Benny is a boy who is bored on a rainy day. To entertain himself he daydreams about being something other than a little boy. In rhyming verse, he imagines being a tree, chimney, car, shoe, bird, pie, dinosaur, gopher, building, sweater, salad, clock, candy bar, burger, rocket, piano, teacher, king, sandwich, pig, star, monkey and even the reader turning the page.


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Orientation: Landscape

Format: Universal


Home Button, Read to Me, Read Myself, Credits (w/links to web)

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Size: 21.5 MB

Version: 1.0

Lite Version Available: No



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