The Boy Who Loved Bananas

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Matthew laughs himself silly one day as he watches the banana-crazy monkeys at the Metro Zoo. That evening, bananas become Matthew's favorite food — and he refuses to eat anything else! Over the next two weeks, he eats so many bananas that he starts to feel funny. He itches and scratches and itches and scratches until—KABLOOEY! Suddenly, Matthew is swinging from trees and shinnying up flagpoles! His parents try everything to stop his monkey business — doctors, veterinarians, herbalists, chiropractors, animal ...

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Overview

Matthew laughs himself silly one day as he watches the banana-crazy monkeys at the Metro Zoo. That evening, bananas become Matthew's favorite food — and he refuses to eat anything else! Over the next two weeks, he eats so many bananas that he starts to feel funny. He itches and scratches and itches and scratches until—KABLOOEY! Suddenly, Matthew is swinging from trees and shinnying up flagpoles! His parents try everything to stop his monkey business — doctors, veterinarians, herbalists, chiropractors, animal trainers, psychiatrists and even a psychic. But nothing seems to work. Has Matthew gone completely bananas?

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Editorial Reviews

Quill & Quire
Andrej Krystoforski, an artist in Richmond Hill, Ontario, captures well the book’s theme of the pleasures of simple goofiness with his bright, energetic pen-and-watercolour illustrations ? Krystoforski makes certain that many of the minor background characters are silly and vibrant, too, exactly as they would appear to a boy with a frantic imagination and a desire to pursue his enthusiasms to their ends.
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Elliott’s straightforward text with its repetitive elements makes this an upbeat and child-pleasing choice, especially for read-alouds. Young audiences will be immensely satisfied with the final double-page illustration and its wordless conclusion.

... captures well the book’s theme of the pleasures of simple goofiness

Andrej Krystoforski, an artist in Richmond Hill, Ontario, captures well the book’s theme of the pleasures of simple goofiness with his bright, energetic pen-and-watercolour illustrations ? Krystoforski makes certain that many of the minor background characters are silly and vibrant, too, exactly as they would appear to a boy with a frantic imagination and a desire to pursue his enthusiasms to their ends.

Children's Literature
Matthew is not your ordinary boy, but he starts out that way. It all begins after an ordinary trip to the zoo on a very ordinary day. But once Matthew sees those silly monkeys, his life becomes anything but ordinary. You see, Matthew just loves those monkeys . . . more than any other animal in the zoo. He loves the way they swing and chatter, they play and bounce and climb. He also loves to watch the way they eat. And when Matthew learns that monkeys love bananas more than anything in the world, he decides that he, too, will love bananas—morning, noon and night. Day in and day out he eats bananas until the skins pile high to the ceiling. Then, one day, one seemingly ordinary day, Matthew feels a tingle . . . followed by a twitch . . . then, a little bitty itch. Then, suddenly—kaboom! Matthew changes into a monkey right before his parents' eyes. Unsure of what to do, his parents take him to every specialist and doctor known to man. He visits herbalists, therapists, acupuncturists, veterinarians and hypnotists. They all come to the same conclusion: Matthew will only change back when he wants to change. So, his parents accept Matthew's new "image" and take him for another outing to the zoo. While admiring the big, strong elephants, Matthew discovers that elephants love peanuts more than anything in the world. Hmmmm, what could be in store for Matthew's parents next? A bigger house, perhaps? The story is amusing and fun with bright watercolor illustrations. 2005, Kids Can Press, Ages 3 to 7.
—Emily Cook
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PreS-Gr 2-When young Matthew visits the zoo, he sees monkeys that are crazy about bananas and decides to eat nothing but bananas and banana products, much to the dismay of his concerned parents. After consuming massive quantities of the fruit, he develops an itch and morphs into a monkey. All of the specialists his parents send him to conclude the same thing: Matthew "will stop being a monkey when he wants to stop being a monkey." Soon his classmates and even his principal are in on the act, devouring bananas with the hope that they, too, might experience a transformation. Then, Matthew revisits the zoo and discovers a new favorite animal: a peanut-eating elephant. Krystoforski's pen-and-watercolor illustrations amplify the silliness of the story with colorful cartoon-style characters and amusing background details. Elliott's straightforward text with its repetitive elements makes this an upbeat and child-pleasing choice, especially for read-alouds. Young audiences will be immensely satisfied with the final double-page illustration and its wordless conclusion.-Carol L. MacKay, Camrose Public Library, Alberta, Canada Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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... captures well the book’s theme of the pleasures of simple goofiness
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554531196
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD680L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrej Krystoforski was born in Poland. He has worked as a production designer and as an animator. In addition to illustrating the Jungle of Utt books and The Boy Who Loved Bananas, he has also contributed illustrations to many magazines and newspapers. Andrej lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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