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eBook Once Upon a Banana ePub

by Jennifer Armstrong,David Small

  • ISBN: 0689842511
  • Category: Humor
  • Subcategory: For Children
  • Author: Jennifer Armstrong,David Small
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books; 1st edition (October 24, 2006)
  • Pages: 48
  • ePub book: 1329 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1693 kb
  • Other: txt mbr mobi lit
  • Rating: 4.5
  • Votes: 818

Description

Once you begin to take in its complexity and sheer good nature, however, you cease to be merely amused and end up sincerely impressed.

3 reasons why Once Upon A Banana - written by Jennifer Armstrong and illustrated by David Small - is worth your time (cause who doesn't love a story about a monkey, a banana, and a banana peel?!) - Emily. For inquiries: hellowhetherwomanl.

Once Upon a Banana book. Written and illustrated by Jennifer Armstrong, David Small. Published by Simon & Schuster. Everyday signs serve as captions for this pictorial tale of what happens after a man tosses a banana peel into the garbage can and misses. Topics in Once Upon a Banana. Caldecott Medal-winning artist David Small and award-winning author Jennifer Armstrong have created a roller-coaster ride of a Such a little banana causing such a big pile of trouble!

Once Upon a Banana book. Caldecott Medal-winning artist David Small and award-winning author Jennifer Armstrong have created a roller-coaster ride of a 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!

Once Upon a Banana (9780689859519) by Jennifer Armstrong.

Once Upon a Banana (9780689859519) by Jennifer Armstrong. Caldecott Medalist 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, over and over again. Author Bio. ▼▲. Jennifer Armstrong is the author of numerous award-winning picture books and novels. Her works include Hugh Can Do and Chin Yu Min and the Ginger Cat (both ALA Notable books); The Dreams of Mairhe Mehan (a BCCB Blue Ribbon Book); and Black-Eyed Susan (a New York Public Library Best Book).

by Jennifer Armstrong & illustrated by David Small. In a tour de force of visual sequencing captioned only by a set of rhyming street and shop signs, Small sets up a hilarious chain of events along a busy city street. The action starts on the front endpapers as a street performer’s monkey snatches a banana from a fruit stand and tosses the peel onto the sidewalk.

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 . Book Cover Image (jpg): Once Upon a Banana. Hardcover 9780689842511.

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. A. Jesse Jiryu Davis. MB). Author Photo (jpg): Jennifer Armstrong.

by Jennifer Armstrong · David Small. 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! Caldeco. The Mouse and His Child. by Russell Hoban · David Small.

The Fire-Us Trilogy (Book 1: The Kindling, Book 2: Keepers of the Flame, and Book 3: The Kiln) is a series of post-apocalyptic young adult fiction by Jennifer Armstrong . Once Upon a Banana (2006), Armstrong and David Small. Anything is Possible (2006). The Poet's Basket (2006).

The Fire-Us Trilogy (Book 1: The Kindling, Book 2: Keepers of the Flame, and Book 3: The Kiln) is a series of post-apocalyptic young adult fiction by Jennifer Armstrong and Nancy Butcher. The series begins in 2007, five years after a plague of unknown origin has killed the vast majority of the human population. The plot concerns the family, a group of orphan children living in the small fictional town of Lazarus, Florida. The older children, now approaching adolescence, attempt to emulate the behavior of the "first families" to which they belonged before the plague.

Jennifer Armstrong, David Small. 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.

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.

Comments

Ohatollia Ohatollia
Books for my 1st grade granddaughter to practice her reading. Very good books. Thank you.
Kifer Kifer
Hilarious! My niece loved it! So did I!
Hugifyn Hugifyn
I had purchased it for an uncle who has had a stroke; thinking it would be easy to understand with no speech. It was a big disappointment.
I did not send it on.
Carrot Carrot
There is a laughable perception that wordless picture books are easier to write, read, and review than their wordy brethren. What a cute idea. The truth of the matter is that it's hard to think of anything intended for a young audience that is more difficult to put together. When a wordless tale is simple, like Barbara Lehman's, "The Red Book", your average everyday reviewer can fall back on the simple post-modernism of it all. "Once Upon a Banana" by Jennifer Armstrong, however, borders on the insane. The details by illustrator David Small coupled with the plain good storytelling (and amazing absence of true bodily injury) makes this book a kind of contemporary silent film that'll have no difficulty entertaining your pint-sized Buster Keatons. Once you begin to take in its complexity and sheer good nature, however, you cease to be merely amused and end up sincerely impressed.

In the beginning it's just a man and his monkey, eeking out a living on the street. The man juggles and the monkey, seeing a delicious banana sitting at a greengrocer's stall, takes off like a shot so as to get a taste. The man is quick to give chase but the monkey has already begun to cut a swath of destruction in its wake. By merely eating the banana and tossing its peel to one side, a burly motorcyclist slips and crashes into a ladder. That ladder, in turn, has a painter on it who falls backwards into a full shopping cart of vegetables on a downward slope. Suddenly we've left the man and monkey and are watching as the cart crashes into a bicyclist, distracting a judge, who steps on a boy's skateboard, and in the process detaches a baby from its caregiver. Eventually the baby goes flying, the city streets are a mess, and in a glorious twist of fate that defies description, the world explodes into a fabulous burst of bananas bananas bananas.

A person could ramble on about details and the sheer number of them in this book, but I can't really drill that idea home to you unless I point out the clever way in which the story in this book is told. This is the only picture book I can think of that begins its tale on the cover. See the juggler and his monkey? Open that same cover and ALREADY the monkey has made a break for it. That cheeky monkey didn't even wait for the publication information to make an appearance. BOOM! Monkey gone. It gets more nutty still when you see that a motorcycle couple watching the now disappearing primate have inadvertently driven right onto the front bookflap of the book. Then the story continues and all is well just until you get to the very end of the story. There, for the meticulous souls amongst us (and I am certain that there are quite a few) is the map of the city block on which all this took place. And there, on the BACK bookflap, are Laurel and Hardy continuing a visual gag you may not have even noticed nine pages before the end of the book. THAT is what it means to take your work seriously. THAT is storytelling in a picture book format at its best. And if I were to recommend that people learn what it means to tell a picture book story through action alone, this title would be my number one pick of the litter.

I suppose "Once Upon a Banana" bears a slight resemblance to "The Boy, the Bear, the Baron, the Bard" by Gregory Rogers, but only in a kind of fast-moving, utterly silent fiasco kinda way. The slapstick motif isn't lost on Mr. Small either. Laurel and Hardy's mere appearance tip the hat to the great comedic heroes of the past. And I am ashamed to say that though I have read this book multiple times to myself, it wasn't until I looked at the bookflap in the hopes of finding another word for "fiasco" that I saw that the street signs in this book rhyme. I'm danged if they don't too. "City Hall", "Shopping Mall", "Underpass", "Keep Off the Grass!" I could go on. With one sign per spread, these words remind us that as talented as the illustrator is, he's not the only person working on this book. Ms. Jennifer Armstrong came up with the original idea. She wrote down what would occur, in what order, by what signs, and in which particular places. Readers and reviewers tend to forget that the authors of wordless picture books often get completely forgotten alongside their flashy artistic partners in crime. Let us now pay full and complete tribute to Ms. Armstrong then. David Small is a talented man, but some of the people he's illustrated books for in the past have been less than worthy of his skills. With Ms. Armstrong he is perfectly, and evenly, paired.

What this book has done is to allow Mr. Small the chance to let loose with his storytelling. "Once Upon a Banana" had actually been turned down in the past when publishers that met with Ms. Armstrong felt the story was too complicated to be told efficiently and effectively by ANY working artist. Enter the only person I know who could have done it. I was lucky enough to see Mr. Small give a speech recently about some of the logistics involved in even creating this story. Let's look again at the map of the city block where man, monkey, and innocent bystanders get into a kafuffle. Mr. Small mentioned in his talk that he had a devil of a time figuring out how some of the actions Ms. Armstrong had described could logistically work out. Moving City Hall across the street, for example, takes on momentous significance when it comes to keeping a book's action and energy moving. Mr. Small also has given us a truly diverse cast of remarkably realistic city dwellers. From the old perpetually-yelling vendor to the dreadlocked painter to the gay shopper in purple spandex, this book's got someone for everyone.

If I have any complaint with the book, it is a small one based entirely on the fact that I am a children's librarian. Many libraries these days will glue the bookflaps of their titles to the front and backs of their books so as to better attach some protective plastic covers. This isn't a problem at the front of the book, but when it is done to the back, some of Mr. Small's map is obscured. Publishers would do well to remember that to illustrate under your bookflap is to limit the view for a lot of kids. But aside from that petty bit of designer-critique, the book is a joy. A romp. A rollicking, high-stepping, frantic, frenetic, whirly-twirly bit of wordless amusement. Give it to a kid who can't read yet. Give it to a kid who relies on visual stimulation to enjoy books. Just give it to a kid. More fun than it has any right to be.
Gldasiy Gldasiy
Given the scarcity of time most parents are able to eek out with their children today, how we spend that time is all the more important. Tucking away in a corner with a good book and a child is bliss, especially when the child is actually interested and tuned in to the book at hand. Once Upon a Banana is a perfect book for any person over one. Recently a barely two year old and I spent 20 minutes enjoying the insightful detail of David Small's wonderful drawings. We pointed out all that was going on, and followed the various characters as they tumbled through the pages. The monkey became an instant highlight, and she searched for him on every page. I notice that the trend seems to peg this book at the 4 to 8 year old range. In our experience, well crafted, beautiful and detailed drawings can be very powerful for young minds just learning to look out and notice the world around them. As someone who's worked with children for more than 20 years, I'd encourage parents to seek out books like this one; books filled with art and insight. David Small seems to understand what children, and adults, really want to see when they peer out into the world through picture books.
Nagor Nagor
I go to the library every week and check out as many books as the library will let me to share with my daughters ages six and two. I carefully go through the shelves book by book and choose ones that look interesting and age appropriate. Every once in awhile, I stumble on a book that stands out from the rest. This was one of those books. I saw this one and thought it looked cute and put it in the bag. After I got home and had the chance to sit down and really look at it, I felt like I had discovered a hidden treasure. The story, told all in pictures, is so fun and entertaining I fell in love with it. It is the kind of book you can look at over and over and discover things you missed each time. I am adding this to my list of all time favorite kids books. The author and artist have come up with such a clever and fun story, I wish I could tell them personally what a great work they have done. I highly recommend sharing this book with a little one in your life. My girls loved it!
Steelcaster Steelcaster
Found this book on accident and the kids love it. If you don't already have wordless picture books, you should definitely add this one! This book is requested often which means kids give it five stars as well.
One of favorite books of all time!! My 3 year old through 11 year old love it. Gets better each time you read it and notice more details.