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Once Upon a Banana

Illustrated by David Small



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About The Book

Such a little banana causing such a big pile of trouble! How could it be? First the grocer, then the painter, next the bicycle messenger, and then -- oh, no -- not the baby in the carriage! An entire town turned upside down, all by a banana peel!

Caldecott Medal-winning artist David Small and award-winning author Jennifer Armstrong have created a roller-coaster ride of a picture book told in rhyming street signs that will tickle and delight readers from beginning to end and over and over again.

About The Author

A. Jesse Jiryu Davis

Jennifer Armstrong is the author of numerous award-winning picture books and novels. Her works include Hugh Can DoChin Yu Min and the Ginger Cat, The Dreams of Mairhe Mehan (a BCCB Blue Ribbon Book), and Black-Eyed Susan. Her first novel, Steal Away, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, an ALA Notable book, and a Golden Kite Honor book. Other titles include Pockets, Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World, Magnus at the Fire, Photo by Brady, and Once Upon a Banana. She lives in New York state.

About The Illustrator

Photo Credit:

David Small is the Caldecott Award–winning illustrator of So You Want to Be President? by Judith St. George. He also received Caldecott Honors for The Gardener by Sarah Stewart and One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo. He’s illustrated dozens of other award-winning books, including That Book Woman by Heather Henson and The Underneath by Kathi Appelt, and lives in Michigan with his wife, Sarah Stewart.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (October 24, 2006)
  • Length: 48 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780689842511
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8

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Raves and Reviews

"Hilarious...a glorious escapade packed with child appeal."

– School Library Journal, starred review

"Small set up a hilarious chain of events...breathless visual pacing."

– Kirkus, starred review

Awards and Honors

  • ALA Notable Children's Books
  • Kirkus Editor's Choice
  • NCTE Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts
  • Virginia Readers' Choice Award List

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