Would You Like a Banana?

By Yasmeen Ismail

Award-winning illustrator Yasmeen Ismail's delightfully funny picture book featuring a very stubborn gorilla will have the whole family laughing!

Gorilla is hungry but there is absolutely no way he’s going to eat a banana. Not even a teeny taste. Not with some bread or standing on his head. Even if you eat one too, which is something you might do. This brilliant and hilarious picture book from award-winning illustrator Yasmeen Ismail will have everyone laughing at this all-too familiar family situation!

Categories: Picture Books

For readers aged: 3+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781406375848
  • Published: 02 Jan 2020
  • Price: £12.99
  • Size: 250 x 230 mm
  • Pages: 32

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Customer reviews


'This charming, Dr Seuss-esque book has fun with the time-honoured strategy for getting toddlers to try new foods.' The Financial Times

'Reminiscent of Dr Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham and Lauren Child’s I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato, Ismail’s take on the fussy eating theme uses a mix of bold, expressive illustration and photography which brings a light, fun energy to what can sometimes be a frustrating experience for parents.' BookTrust

'From the book’s bright yellow jacket to author Yasmeen Ismail’s bold and funny illustrations, Would You Like a Banana? is vivid and lively.' Northern Echo

'Children’s Book of the Week' Western Daily Press

'Little children will giggle at the gorilla pictured with his bum out, while grown ups with foodrejecting offspring should enjoy the drawing of his disgusted face as he rebuffs the snack.' The Observer

'This read-aloud story is just perfect. How a parent tries to coax their little one to eat something that is good for them, and realise that often reverse psychology is a very useful tool to remember.' Angels & Urchins

'Featured in Mums & Tots.' Mums & Tots

'Children’s Book of the Month.' Swansea Life

'With its zany rhyming text and strong visuals, this is a contemporary take on Dr Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham and, like the Seuss classic, is great fun to read out loud. The illustrations are exceptional, from the vivid yellow cover, to the vibrant end papers and the ape with his striking blue hands and feet is an arresting character. Younger children will adore it.' The Irish Independent

'The artwork is delicious - it has the spontaneity of freehand drawing with the addition of a generous scattering of photos, collage, stars, fruits and banana skins. There is a knickerbocker glory of a double-page spread in the middle. Looking deeper into this text, more is revealed because this book offers teachers opportunities to look more closely at rhyme, word meanings and even think of doing any of those things until you have read it aloud to the class for the sheer joy of sharing it together.' The School Librarian

'Parents having trouble getting toddlers to try new foods might want to use this book, with its fun, Dr-Seuss-like rhymes, as an object lesson. A grumpy gorilla keeps refusing the banana being offered to him. That’s until the banana is taken away, whereupon it becomes eminently desirable.' The Financial Times

'The text’s strong rhythm and repetitive structure lends itself perfectly to dramatic readings and audience participation (be prepared for lots of shouting!) and the extravagant mixed-media illustrations will captivate even the youngest of readers.' CBI

'Now out in paperback, a brilliantly interactive laugh-out-loud story.' The Bookseller

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