Why the Banana Split

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Why the Banana Split

It's the question on everyone's mind: just why did the banana split?
Here's a clue: it's for the same reason that the jump ropes skipped town, the jackhammers hit the road, and the cows mooooved on.

And it's got nothing to do with ice cream. Give up? Then grab your best puns and get ready to enter Rick Walton's latest word-play adventure. You'll discover ...

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Overview

Why the Banana Split

It's the question on everyone's mind: just why did the banana split?
Here's a clue: it's for the same reason that the jump ropes skipped town, the jackhammers hit the road, and the cows mooooved on.

And it's got nothing to do with ice cream. Give up? Then grab your best puns and get ready to enter Rick Walton's latest word-play adventure. You'll discover so many ways to split, exit, vamoose, disappear, skedaddle, scram—well, go—that you just might wish you could stay longer.

Rick Walton is the author of Once There Was a Bull ... frog, You Don't Always Get What You Hope For, and Pig, Pigger, Piggest (also illustrated by Jimmy Holder), all, as it happens, from Gibbs Smith, Publisher

Rick Walton is the author, the writer, the creator of over thirty books for kids. He, his wife, Ann, and their four children love to travel. They're happy in their home in Provo, Utah, where Rex is welcome anytime, but whenever they can, they take off for Hawaii, head back east, hit the road for Yellowstone, or run off to Disneyland. They also love to eat bananas.

Jimmy Holder lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Suzanne, and two-year-old daughter, Madeleine, where he illustrates lots of things, including this second book for Rick Walton. In his spare time, Jimmy likes to chase a squealing Madeleine around the house. They split a banana every morning for breakfast.

The people and objects of a town panic and flee when they see a Tyrannosaurus rex approaching, but they discover that only the bananas have anything to fear from this fruit-eating dinosaur.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The creators of Pig, Pigger, Piggest here dish out a kid-tickling serving of humor, illustrating a sequence of punning variations on verb phrases that can all be translated, roughly, to mean "exit." This is exactly what the characters (some human, most not) do when a gigantic dinosaur appears, baring his enormous, sharp teeth. Jump ropes "skipped town," astronauts "took off," frogs "hopped a train" that then "made tracks" and (in a triple whammy) "the bananas split, peeled out, slipped away." Walton stretches his concept with some of the entries (e.g., baseball players "struck out on their own" and trees "took their leaves") and indulges in several groaners (shoppers say "Good buy," and shopkeepers add, "Buy buy"). Depicting amusingly frantic faces on a variety of inanimate objects, Holder's stylized, fittingly exaggerated cartoons will wring chuckles from the audience. Although their worldlier parents may want to take a hike from the one-joke wordplay, kids riveted by puns will guffaw. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
With a dinosaur in the traditional role of menace, Walton gives us a humorous adventure picture book, derived from a play on words. "When Rex came to town, everyone looked at his huge head high in the air and at his large sharp teeth," and, Rex being a dinosaur, everyone promptly left town. Each double page spread is built around one or more puns describing the departure of one group of inhabitants. There is, of course, a happy ending, when we learn what a very selective eater Rex is! Being able to participate in word play and punning is a readiness threshold for Banana. Given that, Banana could be one of those picture books that become part of a family's literary folklore.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586858414
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 8/16/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Rick Walton is the author of dozens of books for kids, including his popular books introducing language arts concepts: Once There Was a Bullfrog, Why the Banana Split, and Herd of Cows Flock of Sheep. He often plays his guitar happily. Rick and his family live in Provo, Utah. For more info visit www.rickwalton.com

Jimmy Holder lives in Pasadena, California where he illustrates lots of things. In his spare time, Jimmy likes to chase his squealing daughter Madeline around the house. They split a bananna every morning for breakfast.

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When Rex came to town, everyone looked at his huge head high in the air and at his large sharp teeth.

And they screamed. "DINOSAUR! DINOSAUR! RUN AWAY! RUN AWAY!" And they did.

The jump ropes skipped town, and the astronauts took off.

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