I requested What Are You Doing, Benny by Cary Fagan because, I’m sure you guessed it, the book had foxes. And for the most part, that was well worth it. I enjoyed the artwork, I loved the main character–who appears to be nameless–and most of all I loved the fact that they were foxes. I found the story both incredibly real and rather adorable, though admittedly the message of it was not one that I loved, exactly. Still, it was a good one.
The story follows what I assume is a younger brother who wants to spend time and basically do anything with his older brother. Of course, Benny isn’t really all that interested in involving his little brother with his games and projects. In fact, he seems regularly annoyed by the young fox each and every single time that he appears. Ironically, I used to be the Benny in this situation.
It takes some time, but soon enough the young fox decides to leave his older brother alone, turning instead to his puppets in order to entertain himself. And it isn’t too long before Benny notices that his younger brother isn’t around bugging him as he usually does anymore. A great commentary on siblings, this book is a cute one to get if you’ve got multiple kids and they sometimes bug each other.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.