In the McSweeney’s October Newsletter, we encouraged readers of all ages to roll up their sleeves, pluck their crayon fragments from the floor, wipe the applesaucey drool off of any still-functioning markers in the immediate vicinity, and enter an all-ages coloring contest to celebrate Benny’s Brigade!

Benny’s Brigade, a delightful new picture book by Arthur Bradford and Lisa Hanawalt, tells the fascinating “true” story of Benny, a tiny and very gentlemanly walrus who is discovered by two sisters one day inside an oversize wiggly walnut shell. This book—a large and gorgeous hardcover with a jacket that unfolds into a poster—is among the latest releases from McSweeney’s McMullens, our fledgling children’s book department.

Dozens of readers entered the coloring contest, and winners in three age categories were selected by a four-year-old judge. Each winner will receive a free McMullens bundle. Congratulations, winners!

The winning entries are accompanied by the judge’s comments.

WINNERAGE 6 & UNDER
Lillian, age 4 1/2
Judge’s comment: “Cool. She did a great job.”

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WINNERAGE 11 & UNDER
Grace, age 9
Judge’s comment: “Is Benny blowing up? Why is he?”

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WINNERAGE 12 & UP
Justin, age 33
Judge’s comment: “Good. Why did he make
Benny blue? This looks great.”

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HERE, TOO, ARE SOME OF THE JUDGE’S FAVORITE RUNNERS UP. THANKS TO ALL WHO ENTERED!

Aaron, age 9

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Abby, age unknown

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Abraham, age 5

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Aleena, age 9

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Ava, age 5 1/2

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Ben, age 8

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Calder, age 1 1/2

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Cheyenne, age 9

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David, age 9

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Ehab, age 9

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Elizabeth, age 9

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Emma, age 9

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Estlin, age 1

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Ethan, age 7

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Faith, age 9

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Gavin, age 9

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Hudson, age 5

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Isaac, age 4

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Isabella, age 9

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Lance, age 9

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Liam, age 8

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Lily, age 9

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Luesma, age 9

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Mackenzie, age 9

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Madison, age 9

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Marin, age 6

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Melanie, age 9

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Miles, age 7 3/4

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Nancy, age 41

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Nathan, age 9

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Samantha, age 9

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Sophia, age 14

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Tamia, age 9