Benny's Brigade by Arthur Bradford

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At recess one day, sisters Elsie and Theo spy a nut wiggling on the ground. Out pops Benny—the world’s smallest and most gentlemanly walrus. After the girls learn that Benny misses his home in the sea, they send him sailing in a milk-carton boat, along with a trusty band of adventure-seeking slugs. Together, Benny’s Brigade (as they call themselves) begin their voyage to a truck-sized island paradise, avoiding the salt water as much as they can. Slugs don’t like salt.

About Arthur Bradford

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Arthur Bradford is an O. Henry Award winning writer and filmmaker. His writing has appeared in Esquire, McSweeney's, Vice, Zoetrope, Men's Journal, and many other publications. His first book, Dogwalker, was published by Knopf in 2001 and Vintage paperback in 2002. It has been translated into nine languages. Bradford is also the creator and director of the acclaimed "How's Your News?" documentary series, versions of which have been broadcast on HBO/Cinemax, PBS, and Channel Four England. Most recently Bradford developed the concept into a series for MTV which ran throughout 2009. He has also directed several shorts and music videos. Bradford lives in Portland, Oregon and serves as co-director of Camp Jabberwocky, the nation's longest running residential summer camp for people with disabilities.Lisa Hanawalt lives in Brooklyn and was born and raised in Palo Alto, CA. She got an art degree at UCLA in 2006. She has received multiple awards for her comic books (2009 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Mini-Comic and 2010 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Comic) and is pretty good at mimicking the sounds of animals. Clients and publications include: The NY Times, Chronicle Books, Vice Magazine, McSweeney’s, The Believer, Arthur Magazine, Motion Theory, LA Weekly, and Teefury.
Published August 7, 2012 by McSweeney's McMullens. 48 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Action & Adventure, Children's Books.

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The language is downright fustian (the children "were sorry to see Benny and the slugs go, but now it was time for school, and they had adventures of their own to which they must attend") and printed in blocks of small type that look lost on the large pages.

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The girls and their classmates build him a vessel from a milk carton, complete with a crew of “three healthy, fat slugs, ready for adventure.” Hanawalt capitalizes on the plot’s inherent oddness in neatly drafted panoramas dotted with solemn-looking insects, lizards, frogs, and elaborately...

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