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Sleep Tight, Anna Banana!

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Anna Banana can't settle down tonight, even though her stuffed animal friends are tired and just want to sleep. They suffer through delay after delay and excuse after excuse, until Anna Banana is finally sleepy. And then . . . it's time for their revenge! Anna Banana is about to get a taste of her own medicine.  

 

Anna Banana is a fantastic character—a lively little girl and a fearsome tyrant to her stuffed animal pals. The first of two picture books featuring ...

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Anna Banana can't settle down tonight, even though her stuffed animal friends are tired and just want to sleep. They suffer through delay after delay and excuse after excuse, until Anna Banana is finally sleepy. And then . . . it's time for their revenge! Anna Banana is about to get a taste of her own medicine.  

 

Anna Banana is a fantastic character—a lively little girl and a fearsome tyrant to her stuffed animal pals. The first of two picture books featuring this character, Sleep Tight, Anna Banana! is sure to be a hit with the youngest of readers . . . and with their parents!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/21/2014
Tucked contentedly into bed with her book and surrounded by half a dozen stuffed animals, Anna Banana may look like a mild-mannered sweetheart, but that’s not entirely the case. Just ask those stuffed animals. “Anna Banana! We’re sleepy!” protests teddy bear Grizzler. “Well, just close your eyes!” she responds. One by one, the animals try to find somewhere dark and not punctuated by Anna’s loud laughter to sleep, but she’s not letting anyone leave. “Anna likes to have ALL her stuffed animals around her,” writes French author Roques as Dormal shows Anna snagging Foxface by his tail and yanking Fuzzball away from the lamp he tries to turn off. Eventually, Anna gets tired, and that’s when her now-surly toys decide to teach her a lesson that boils down to “turnabout is fair play”—accordions, couples dancing, and footraces all factor in. It’s a fairly straightforward story about being considerate of others (even if they’re filled with stuffing), but the mischievous physical comedy that Dormal brings to his loosely scrawled cartoons keeps it from ever feeling didactic or dull. Ages 3–7. (June)
From the Publisher
"The cheery cartoon illustrations are full of expression, and Dormal's loose style calls to mind Arthur Howard." - The Horn Book

 

"Anna Banana learns a bit about consideration for others in this amusing story . . .  The humor keeps the story moving along at a brisk, entertaining pace." - School Library Journal

 

"A comics-inspired delight from France introduces an appealingly feisty girl to a U.S. audience . . . This tidy little package could inspire an uptick in bedtime exuberance." - Kirkus Reviews

 

"It's a fairly straightforward story about being considerate of others . . . but the mischievous physical comedy that Dormal brings to his loosely scrawled cartoons keeps it from ever feeling didactic or dull." -Publishers Weekly

 

 

From the Publisher
"A comics-inspired delight from France introduces an appealingly feisty girl to a U.S. audience . . . This tidy little package could inspire an uptick in bedtime exuberance." - Kirkus Reviews

 

"It's a fairly straightforward story about being considerate of others . . . but the mischievous physical comedy that Dormal brings to his loosely scrawled cartoons keeps it from ever feeling didactic or dull." -Publishers Weekly

 

 

Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
Anna Banana is a rambunctious girl during the day and nighttime does not put a huge damper on her energy—even when she jumps into bed to read a bedtime story. When the story proves to be exciting and funny and suspenseful, Anna just cannot stop reading, much to the chagrin of her stuffed animals who are all tired from playing with Anna all day. Try as they might to convince Anna to stop laughing raucously, turn the lights off, or let her animals sleep somewhere else, Anna does not stop reading until late into the night. When she finally does turn off the lights, her stuffed animals decide to teach her a lesson about respecting others at bedtime. The illustrations throughout this text are perfectly convey the humor and unique characteristics of each of Anna Banana’s stuffed animals as well as Anna herself; one can feel her energy through the representation. Younger readers will enjoy Anna’s energy and her dual love of books and friends as well as the inherent good-natured humor of the book. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.; Ages 4 to 8.
School Library Journal
06/01/2014
PreS-Gr 1—Anna Banana learns a bit about consideration for others in this amusing story. She takes all of her beloved stuffed animals (who talk, of course) to bed with her. Even though she's supposed to have turned out the lights, her book is too "fascinating…frightening…hilarious…gripping" to put down. Meanwhile, her exhausted friends try every tactic to get the exuberant girl to go to sleep. When she is finally tired, they turn the tables on her to see how she likes it. Finally, peace and quiet are restored. The comical illustrations, laid out in a variety of sizes and shapes, show a lot of movement and expression, especially through body language. Much of the tale is told through dialogue balloons and will make for a fun read-aloud. The lesson is not heavy-handed, and the humor keeps the story moving along at a brisk, entertaining pace.—B. Allison Gray, Goleta Public Library, CA
Kirkus Reviews
2014-04-09
A comics-inspired delight from France—the graphic-novel publisher's first picture book—introduces an appealingly feisty girl to a U.S. audience.Way past bedtime, Anna Banana's engrossed in her book, finding it alternately "fascinating…frightening…hilarious…gripping." Her six bleary stuffed toys try to sleep, but Anna's loud guffaw startles them awake. Each critter—including Foxface, Whaley and Pingpong the penguin—tries to steal away for some shut-eye, only to be hauled back by Anna, who prefers being surrounded by her pals. Finally, she's tired enough to turn out the light. But her sleepy entourage turns the tables, staging an impromptu musicale, a spirited group bed-jumping session and a running race. Anna protests vociferously, then apologizes to her "little peeps" for her belligerent behavior—and it's lights out for all. Or is it? Roques' cheery, translated text appears in word balloons. Dormal's mixed-media illustrations, in borderless panels and spots (often four to a page), exude a cartoonish zeal. Illustrations on endpapers add to the narrative (though jacket flaps obscure too much of it). The toys' impressive emotional range is deftly captured, and clever details (such as Whaley spouting when Anna startles the group awake) should amuse both parents and kids.This tidy little package could inspire an uptick in bedtime exuberance. Happily, another outing with Anna and company is planned. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781626720190
  • Publisher: First Second
  • Publication date: 6/17/2014
  • Pages: 28
  • Sales rank: 557,047
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Dominique Roques was born in 1948 in Casablanca. She has two sons, one of whom likes drawing picture books. Her appreciation for her son Alexis's artwork inspired her to start writing stories for him. Together they have published several books starring Anna Banana. Sleep Tight, Anna Banana! is the first to be translated into English.

 

Alexis Dormal was born in 1977 in Brussels and studied filmmaking and then fine arts in Lyon, France. Now he makes books with word balloons. He has collaborated with Dominique Roques on the Anna Banana series, the first of which is Sleep Tight, Anna Banana!

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