Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Banana Police, by Katy Koontz (illustrated by Kelsey C. Roy)

The Banana Police
Author: Katy Koontz
Illustrator: Kelsey C. Roy
Publisher: Willow Moon Publishing
Publication Date: November 29, 2012
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Mayor McFroontz has a problem. His jungle community is being overrun by elephants! They're everywhere. They take up too much space in the grocery store. They sit in the front row at the movie theatre. They're VERY loud. Something has to be done! Of course, without the elephants around there will be no one to eat all the extra bananas that grow everywhere. Soon the people of the jungle will have more bananas than they can handle. What will they do?

My daughter and I both loved this book. The exuberant silliness and message of cooperation and community spirit reminded me of Dr. Seuss. And the illustrations hit just the right balance between realism and foolishness (they reminded me a little of Michael Martchenko, who illustrates so many of Robert Munsch's books).

I particularly loved the various things the people in the book tried to do with all of their excess bananas, including banana pizza and banana scrambled eggs. My daughter Magda and I had fun thinking of all the things you can do with bananas (though hopefully NOT the banana eggs!).
Magda's Take:
Here's Magda showing off her "Magda banana" (which you can make by scratching the surface of the banana peel with a toothpick).

Magda's personalized banana
You can also visit for more information about the book, banana and elephant facts and cool banana recipes! 

Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this book free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest--though not necessarily favourable--review. I was not otherwise compensated for my review. All of the opinions expressed are strictly my own.

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