Once Upon a Banana

Once Upon a Banana


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Everyday street signs act as deadpan captions for the slapstick happenings in this ingenious picture book that is hilariously told in street signs. Go!

The sign says: “Put litter in its place.” But someone isn’t paying attention. He drops a banana peel on the ground—and a series of comical slips, spills, and falls are set hilariously into motion. First the grocer, then the painter, next the bicycle messenger, and then—oh, no—not the baby in the carriage! An entire town turned upside down, all by a banana peel!

Caldecott Medalist David Small and award-winning author Jennifer Armstrong have created a roller-coaster ride of a picture book told in rhyming street signs that will tickle and delight readers from beginning to end, over and over again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689859519
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Publication date: 07/23/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 467,148
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Jennifer Armstrong is the author of numerous award-winning picture books and novels. Her works include Hugh Can Do and Chin Yu Min and the Ginger Cat (both ALA Notable books); The Dreams of Mairhe Mehan (a BCCB Blue Ribbon Book); and Black-Eyed Susan (a New York Public Library Best Book). Her first novel, Steal Away, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, an ALA Notable book, and a Golden Kite Honor book. Other titles include Pockets, Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World, Magnus at the Fire, Photo by Brady, and Once Upon a Banana. She lives in New York State.

David Small is the Caldecott Award–winning illustrator of So You Want to Be President? by Judith St. George. He also received Caldecott Honors for The Gardener by Sarah Stewart and One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo. He’s illustrated dozens of other award-winning books, including That Book Woman by Heather Henson and The Underneath by Kathi Appelt, and lives in Michigan with his wife, Sarah Stewart.

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Once Upon a Banana 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
SJeanneM on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Basically, the book is a series of pictures that describe what happened when one monkey left a banana peel on the ground instead of in the trash where it belongs. The only words were the ones written on signs in the picture but no text other than that. My younger son really enjoyed following the story and answering the question, ¿Now why did that happen?¿ but my older daughter really didn¿t want to use her imagination to make a story she feels should have been written in.
alswartzfager on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Each picture in this book had many things going on in them. I would have a class discussion and ask the students to point things going on in the book. Also, there are many simple rhyming words and this would be good for learners who are beginning their rhyming lessons in school. The pictures are fantastic and I would recommend this for young children.
mcprice on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is wordless book but it would give students an understanding of what a book is. This is a great picture book for students that do not know who to read. They could come up with their own story to the book.
KellyBryan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an interesting book in that it is pictures only. It really does not need words as the illustrations tell the story perfectly. You get a birds eye view of everything going on in the streets below. You can see all the events that occur by the monkey tossing a single banana peel. These illustrations display a lot various activities going on which will definitely keep the child interested in the book.In class, you can have each student write a story based on one image from the book. You can then combine all of the stories to create a classroom written story of Once Upon a Banana.
kidlit9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Everyday signs serve as captions for this pictorial tale of what happens after a monkey tosses a banana peel into the garbage can and misses.
dangerlibearian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One small banana peels causes a huge mess, a man trips, causing a scaffolding to fall, causing a truck to crash, until bananas for everyone.
klsulliv on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Who ever thought how much ruckus a banana peel can cause? First of all, the monkey decides to run away from his master and eats a banana. He then throws the peeling on the ground which then causes a man to slip and hit a latter that makes the painter fall into a basket of food. The basket then rolls into an intersection which causes multiple accidents involving cars and stop signs being bent. The basket which is still rolling, is now being chased by a pack of dogs from all over since two people were walking a bundle of dogs. A man on a bike then runs into the dogs and is flung into City Hall with bare feet when an old man suddenly steps on a skate board that rolls him in and out of a mall and into a lady with a baby. The baby is then pushed in a stroller through the grass that is supposed to be untouched. The baby rolls through the park, onto a busy street, and hits a speed bump causing the baby to go air born. Luckily, the man who was chasing the monkey had his arms up in the air trying to get the monkey down and that's where the baby lands. But, because the dump truck had to swerve out of the way of the baby before it went air born, it is in trouble because it is about to wreck once the baby has landed. The truck crashes into a stand of bananas, and bananas fly every where. At the end, the chaos has ended and everyone is eating a banana. This all happened because of the monkey throwing the banana peeling on the ground. It is extremely important to throw all trash away in the proper bin to avoid all sorts of accidents that may be caused by something as simple as a peeling or a wrapper.
paulaanweiler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book uses mostly pictures to show how not folloing directions can be disasterous.
fullerl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
With only a few words per page, this book is most definitely about the art work. When a monkey escapes from his juggling owner, the monkey's objective is simple: banana! No one can imagine how much trouble on little monkey and a banana could cause in a one block radius. Chaos ensues but with much hilarity. Readers will not be able to hold back the chuckles as they look through the fun filled water colors of a monkey on a banana mission.