Bananas in My Ears: A Collection of Nonsense Stories, Poems, Riddles, & Rhymes

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A charming collection featuring free verse stories, rhymes, and poems from the renowned Michael Rosen and quirky artwork by Quentin Blake.

From the chaos of breakfast to the calm of bedtime, this whimsical collection, pairing two former British Laureates, is full of delightful moments. Explore the pleasures of acting silly and the pains of feeling ill, the camaraderie of siblings and strange goings-on at the beach. . . . All this and a trip on ...

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Overview

A charming collection featuring free verse stories, rhymes, and poems from the renowned Michael Rosen and quirky artwork by Quentin Blake.

From the chaos of breakfast to the calm of bedtime, this whimsical collection, pairing two former British Laureates, is full of delightful moments. Explore the pleasures of acting silly and the pains of feeling ill, the camaraderie of siblings and strange goings-on at the beach. . . . All this and a trip on a flying bed, too!

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Children's Literature - Suzanna E. Henshon
What does it feel like to have bananas in your ears? In this whimsical collection, Michael Rosen enchants young readers with poetry and stories that are accompanied by Quentin Blake's classic illustrations. In these amusing stories, young readers can listen to a piece of toast turn into a ghost, see a baby eating eggshells, and watch children build gigantic sandcastles at the beach. In the title poem, a little boy comes down to breakfast with bananas in his ears. He does not seem to notice anything because he has bananas blocking the sounds. In another hilarious scenario, a man accidentally steps on a dog, the dog runs and causes the table to move, and another man perched high up on a ladder screams, "Oh, no!" In this delightful collection of poetry and prose, young readers will fall into the humorous world of Michael Rosen and Quentin Blake, who touch magic and tickle funny bones with this volume of work.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—This collection is organized around four topics: breakfast, the seaside, going to the doctor, and bedtime. While the poems focus on the nonsensical-a boy has bananas in his ears, so he can't hear anyone who tells him that he has bananas in his ears, another boy is surprised when a ghost emerges from his toast-the selections are tied together by the repetition of particular characters and formats. Many of the pieces feature family scenes, and a few formats are repeated in each section, including some about brother and sister Nat and Anna. "What If?" poems utilize speech bubbles for the text. Every poem is paired with a watercolor and ink cartoon illustrations. Some get small vignette images scattered across the page, while others appear on full spreads. Some, like the "Things We Say" selections, depend on the illustrations for extra details, while others are simply complemented by them. The nonsense topics and amusing images are sure to entertain kids, presenting life in all its messy, crazy, chaotic glory. The focus here is on the mundane, with bursts of imagination kids that will relate to. This book could work well as a read-aloud for small groups, but it might be enjoyed even more when children share it together.—Heather Talty, formerly at Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School, New York City
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763662486
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2012
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,382,850
  • Age range: 3 months - 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Rosen is an eminent writer, broadcaster, poet, and performer who has received many prestigious awards. His books with Candlewick include Michael Rosen’s Sad Book, also illustrated by Quentin Blake; We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury; This Is Our House and I’m Number One, both illustrated by Bob Graham; Red Ted and the Lost Things, illustrated by Joel Stewart; Tiny Little Fly, illustrated by Kevin Waldron; and The Totally Wonderful Miss Plumberry, illustrated by Chinlun Lee. In 2007 he became the British Children’s Laureate. Michael Rosen lives in London.

Quentin Blake was the very first British Children’s Laureate. One of the world’s foremost illustrators, he has won numerous awards for his books and is best-known for his work with Roald Dahl. His books with Candlewick include Michael Rosen’s Sad Book, On Angel Wings by Michael Morpurgo, and The Rights of the Reader by Daniel Pennac. Quentin Blake lives in London.

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  • Posted October 26, 2012

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    Nonsensical stuff of rhymes, stories, prose for kids

    Children are interesting creatures - interesting people - and not just small adults. They have this insatiable sense of humor and get tickled over the most nonsensical stuff. They absolutely love rhymes and "stories" in rhyme. (Oh why is there not more of this for them in their world - school, play, pleasure reading, etc.?) "There's a man over there, and he's sitting in the sand. He buried himself at teatime. Now he's looking for his hand. There's a boy over there, and he's sitting on the rocks, eating apple crumble, washing dirty socks. There's a woman over there, sitting in the sea. I can see her but she can't see me." Children love silliness and riddles. They love poems and nonsense stories. So Bananas in My Ears: A Collection of Nonsense Stories, Poems, Riddles, and Rhymes is absolutely right up their alley. There are four divisions to the book. Each follows virtually the same format. I believe some of my favorite parts of the book are the "Nat and Anna" stories. These siblings are so down to earth, sweet, and downright silly. But the stuff of what makes them so much fun is that they are so very much like your own kids - or you when you were a kid. I personally believe if children when very young and continuing through the middle-years are exposed to fun rhyme, serious rhyme, sweet rhyme that they will when they are in their teens and adult life embrace the beauty of poetry instead of shying away from it. But don't think "Bananas" is simply a book of cute rhymes. It is not. It is creatively illustrated with figures and messy scenes with facial expressions and "body language" that will capture your attention and tickle your funny bone. A good read-aloud or I-can-read-it-myself book that children will embrace for the sheer fun of it. DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy by Candlewick Press on behalf of the author for the purpose of a review. All opinions expressed are solely my own and I was under no obligation to render a positive review.

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