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Annie Bananie

Annie Bananie

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by Leah Komaiko, Laura Cornell (Illustrator), Laura Cornell

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There's never been anyone quite like Annie Bananie. So when she has to move away, her playmate cannot believe it — until she realizes that even far apart, they can still be best friends.


There's never been anyone quite like Annie Bananie. So when she has to move away, her playmate cannot believe it — until she realizes that even far apart, they can still be best friends.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Revisit a classic story of friendship from bestselling illustrator Laura Cornell (of Where Do Balloons Go? and Today I Feel Silly fame). Originally published in 1987, this quirky and loving story follows a little girl as she wonders how she'll survive when her best friend moves away. The magnetic Annie Bananie is a pal like no other -- a dance partner, a bathing buddy, and a true friend.

Cornell's illustrations depict a wonderful range of scenes revealing the fun and freedom of a best friendship, from baby-sitting porcupines to frantically scrubbing freckles from a face. This much-loved picture book captures the essence of friendship, the magic of childhood, and the hardship of leaving the ones you love. Perfectly illustrated and wonderfully written, Annie Bananie should be a staple in every child's bookshelf. (Amy Barkat)

Publishers Weekly
Highlights of a unique friendship are recalled by a small girl whose best buddy Annie is moving away. "Author and illustrator succeed in turning an ordinary story into something special," wrote PW. Ages 4-8. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
When a best friend has to move away, it stirs up a multitude of emotions and memories. That is exactly what the little girl in this story finds out. She reminisces about their joyous times—she made me brush my teeth with mud, sign my name in cockroach blood, tie my brother to the trees, made me tickle bumblebees. At one point, she hints at her own anger when she asks, "How can you just go away?" The strength of friendship is celebrated in childlike drawings of the two girls. The end line of the story asks a hard question—will Annie Bananie ever find another friend like this one? Although the picture shows the two hugging happily, there is a niggling fear there that maybe friends can be replaced, mirroring a very common human worry. This could lead to a good discussion of the value of friendship and memories. 2001 (orig. 1987), Laura Geringer Books, $15.95. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Carol Lynch

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HarperCollins Publishers
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10.00(w) x 7.87(h) x 0.00(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Leah Komaiko is the author of several popular rhyming books for children including Annie Bananie, a Children's Choice Award winner, and I Like the Music, a Reading Rainbow Review Book. She lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Laura Cornell lives in New York City with her daughter, Lily (first and only), but they spend much time in California, Laura's first state in her first home. She was asked to illustrate Jamie's first book, and that became ten. Lucky is the first word that comes to mind.

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Annie Bananie 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was given the book Annie Bananie as a joke when I was younger because that was my nickname. After I moved away from my best friend a few years after receiving the book, I read it every day for two months. This book realy made me get through my tough times and I thank the author for writing such a wonderful book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book go me through the bad things in my childhood growing up if I meet the author I would thank them for helping though I am still young it is still mine and my mothers favorite book to this day. sin-cereal TiFfStEr