Banana!

Banana!

by Ed Vere
     
 

Two monkeys. One banana. What's to be done?

Ed Vere's hilariously eye-popping art tells the story of two monkeys learning to share in this stunning, nearly-wordless picture book.

One banana. Two monkeys. Perfect!

Overview

Two monkeys. One banana. What's to be done?

Ed Vere's hilariously eye-popping art tells the story of two monkeys learning to share in this stunning, nearly-wordless picture book.

One banana. Two monkeys. Perfect!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
With big, bold spreads and only two words ("Banana" and "Please"), Vere's (The Getaway) story about sharing packs impressive graphic force. A googly-eyed monkey with a Pac-man mouth and stringy arms and legs appears with a banana. Another monkey follows, lit up with excitement. "Banana!" he exclaims; with every spread, his "Banana" cry and his desire grow more desperate. "BANANA!" he screams, finally, arms and legs flailing, with blocks of intense color vibrating behind his tantrum. Seeing the monkey's agony, the first monkey cups his hand to his ear and waits for the magic word: "Please?" The monkeys are drawn simply, defined by black lines with charged, jagged edges. Printed on fields of highly saturated color with no scenery to distract, the figures command attention. Vere's background colors correspond perfectly to the monkeys' changing emotions: yellow for elation, orange and neon pink for escalating worry, and light blue when the banana is split. Without plodding or preaching, the story goes by at the speed of a 15-second television spot, and even the youngest readers will quickly take the point. Ages 1–4. (Nov.)
From the Publisher

“With big, bold spreads and only two words ("Banana" and "Please"), Vere's (The Getaway) story about sharing packs impressive graphic force.” —Publishers Weekly

“A lively title to share in a toddler storytime.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“A fun choice for sharing with a group.” —School Library Journal

“Minimalist text gains expression through varied punctuation and typeface, while speech balloons and other comic-book conventions (not to mention one spectacular simian tantrum) evoke a certain pigeon. Bold, expressive colors and exuberant lines characterize the artwork.” —Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
A large monkey, nattily dressed in a blue striped shirt, walks across the double page, tossing a banana. Running behind him is a smaller monkey. On the next spread, the large fellow looks dubiously back at the smaller, who is happily shouting "Banana!" one of the only two words that appear in the text. "Banana?" asks the youngster. But his request is denied by the finger-shaking elder. An angry scream of "Banana" across a double page is followed by a crying tantrum, and an impasse. Finally, the youngster tries the magic word, "Please?" leading to the happy sharing. The simply drawn cartoon characters have exaggerated long arms, and large eyes that enhance the emotion of the communication. The front end pages display eighteen bananas on different colored squares; on the back end pages the bananas are half peeled. Each double page displays a different color background reflecting that of the squares. The question on the back cover emphasizes the lesson in the amusing story: "Do you know the magic word?" Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Two big-eyed monkeys, two words, but only one banana. How to solve this dilemma is the premise of this colorful story. The monkey in the blue shirt has the banana, and the one in the red shirt wants it. Vere tells their story entirely through facial expressions, body language, and a clever use of "dialogue" which rapidly degenerates into a monkey melt down ("Banana! Banana? BANANA!!"). The monkey in blue reconsiders sharing, but only after his friend offers the second word in this story, a hesitant, "Please?" There's a bit more for these two to learn, but the end result is a win-win situation. Done in brightly colored inks and placed on pages of bold blues, yellows, pinks, and purples, this story is reminiscent of Chris Raschka's Yo! Yes? (Orchard, 1993) with its expressiveness and minimal dialogue. A fun choice for sharing with a group.—Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA
Kirkus Reviews

Using only the words "banana" and "please," Vere tells a story about two monkeys and one coveted fruit. As in Chris Raschka's Yo!Yes? (2003), minimalist text gains expression through varied punctuation and typeface, while speech balloons and other comic-book conventions (not to mention one spectacular simian tantrum) evoke a certain pigeon. Bold, expressive colors and exuberant lines characterize the artwork, which eschews background detail and focuses on the monkeys themselves. One, dressed in blue and white, discovers the banana, and the other, in red and white, sees him and cries, "Banana!" only to be rebuffed. "Banana?" he asks after the page turn, but no dice. After several pages of escalating emotion and no sharing, he finally says, "Please," and his companion offers to share; but the red-clad monkey forgets his newfound manners and swipes the banana away. The ending is rushed in this otherwise finely paced book: "Please!" calls the blue-shirted monkey on the penultimate page, and all is resolved with the banana in two pieces and a shared speech balloon declaring "Banana!" at book's end. (Picture book. 2-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805092141
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
11/23/2010
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
1 - 4 Years

Meet the Author

Ed Vere studied fine art at Camberwell College of Art. He is also a painter, working from his studio in East London and represented by galleries in London and Los Angeles. Ed now lives and works in London.

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