The Barnes & Noble Review
Revisit a classic story of friendship from bestselling illustrator Laura Cornell (of Where Do Balloons Go? and Today I Feel Silly fame). Originally published in 1987, this quirky and loving story follows a little girl as she wonders how she'll survive when her best friend moves away. The magnetic Annie Bananie is a pal like no other -- a dance partner, a bathing buddy, and a true friend.
Cornell's illustrations depict a wonderful range of scenes revealing the fun and freedom of a best friendship, from baby-sitting porcupines to frantically scrubbing freckles from a face. This much-loved picture book captures the essence of friendship, the magic of childhood, and the hardship of leaving the ones you love. Perfectly illustrated and wonderfully written, Annie Bananie should be a staple in every child's bookshelf. (Amy Barkat)
Highlights of a unique friendship are recalled by a small girl whose best buddy Annie is moving away. "Author and illustrator succeed in turning an ordinary story into something special," wrote PW. Ages 4-8. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
When a best friend has to move away, it stirs up a multitude of emotions and memories. That is exactly what the little girl in this story finds out. She reminisces about their joyous timesshe made me brush my teeth with mud, sign my name in cockroach blood, tie my brother to the trees, made me tickle bumblebees. At one point, she hints at her own anger when she asks, "How can you just go away?" The strength of friendship is celebrated in childlike drawings of the two girls. The end line of the story asks a hard questionwill Annie Bananie ever find another friend like this one? Although the picture shows the two hugging happily, there is a niggling fear there that maybe friends can be replaced, mirroring a very common human worry. This could lead to a good discussion of the value of friendship and memories. 2001 (orig. 1987), Laura Geringer Books, $15.95. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Carol Lynch