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Benny Bensky and the Parrot-Napper

by (author) Mary Borsky

illustrated by Linda Hendry

Initial publish date
Sep 2008
General, General, Humorous Stories
Recommended Age
9 to 12
Recommended Grade
4 to 7
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2008
    List Price

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When their neighbor, Mrs. Graham, charges Rosie and Fran with the responsibility of parrot sitting her pet, Peanut the Parrot, the girls and Benny think the job will be a walk in the park.

While Rosie and Fran immediately take to Peanut — going so far as to make him an honorary detective, Benny is unimpressed with the “dowdy gray” bird. Soon the charming and very vocal parrot makes his way into the girls’ hearts and Benny is left out in the cold, wondering if he still fits in.

But when Peanut becomes the latest victim in a parrot-napping ring, Benny senses something is terribly wrong . . . and he and the girls set out to make it right. Determined to find Peanut before Mrs. Graham’s return, Benny, Rosie, and Fran head out on a new adventure to bring Peanut the Parrot back home.

About the authors

Mary Borsky has published stories in several magazines, including Quarry, NeWest Review, Geist, The Queen's Quarterly and Grain. Her work has been anthologized in Best Canadian Stories `93, The Journey Prize Anthology and The Third Macmillan Anthology. Influence of the Moon is her first book, which she describes as `very autobiographical and not at all biographical. Real life is more boring and less believable than fiction.` Mary Borsky lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

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Linda Hendry has been drawing for as long as she can remember. Some of her earliest works can still be found on the underside of her parent’s kitchen table – the same table that she and her sister sat at for hours and hours, filling up endless stacks of doodle pads with drawings of make-believe families and their adventures. After high school (of course she doodled in her notebooks!) Linda studied visual communication at The Alberta College of Art and Design, then moved to Toronto where she was offered the opportunity to illustrate a children’s book called ‘The Queen Who Stole The Sky’. The book was a finalist for the 1986 Canada Council Illustration award, which certainly helped to get her career rolling. Over 60 books later, Linda still loves to draw but has taken time off from illustrating to explore painting with acrylics and oils or try her hand at simple print-making techniques.

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Editorial Reviews

Praise for Benny Bensky and the Giant Pumpkin Heist:
“. . . a fun-loving tale that young readers will thoroughly enjoy.” — CM Magazine

Praise for Benny Bensky and the Perogy Palace:
“[Borsky] creates her characters deftly . . . Youngsters will particularly like getting inside Benny’s head, seeing things from a dog’s eye view.” — The Hamilton Spectator

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