I finished the second installment of The Seaside Adventures of Jack and Benny the other day–Salt Water Taffy: A Climb Up Mt. Barnabas–and it has the same fun, slightly tall tale-ish feel as the first one. (More talking animals, a feat or two that seem outside the realm of probability, that sort of thing. And by the way, I feel like this is a series with two names, so I’m improvising as far as the bolding vs. the italics. Let me know if I’ve gotten it wrong!) The story moves along, the drawings are entertaining (although still with the annoying hands), and the family dynamics ring true. I’m getting quite the kick out of this series; it would be perfect for reluctant readers or earlier elementary schoolers in general. Grab the first one and see what you think!