Benno and the Night of Broken Glass

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 5
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Benno was the neighborhood’s favorite cat.

During the week, he napped in a sunny corner of Mitzi Stein’s dress shop and begged scrapped from Moshe the butcher. But one night in Berlin, the Nazis changed everything. Life would never be the same.

This cat’s-eye view introduces the Holocaust to children in a gentle way that can open discussion of this period.

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2010
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2010-01-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV016060, JUV033020
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 10.375 x 8.875
ATOS Reading Level 4.7
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 138632
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Afterword, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews


  • Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Awards, Winner, 2012
  • Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices, Winner, 2011
  • School Library Journal Best Book, Winner, 2010



“It is not easy to tell young kids the horrifying truth about the Holocaust, but this picture book is a good place to start.”

School Library Journal

“[W]hat truly distinguishes this book is the striking multimedia artwork composed of paper, fabric, and drawn images in hues of olive, brown, and red. Interesting angles, textures, and patterns add to the visual effect throughout. . . . [T]he message of terror and sadness that marks the beginning of the Holocaust is transmitted in a way that is both meaningful and comprehensible.”
School Library Journal

Author: Meg Wiviott

Illustrator: Josée Bisaillon

Josee Bisaillon grew up in St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada. Her illustrations are a mixture of collage, drawings, and digital montage, taking us into a richly detailed and multidimensional world.