Saturday 14 January 2012

14. Banana Skin Chaos by Lilli L'Arronge

Banana Skin Chaos by Lilli L'Arronge
Published Aug ust 2011 Allen & Unwin

From the publisher:

A little boy is about to throw a banana skin on the ground when his sister warns him of the disasters that will follow in this brilliant picture book of actions and consequences.
As each page is turned, the story develops increasingly astonishing detail. Soon a quiet, ordinary town becomes somewhere with more than a little chaos.

Here we have another story that begins with the end papers.  We see the banana being grown, packed, shipped, trucked and sold to the mother of the boy who is the centre of our story.

It starts with the banana skin being thrown on the ground and at first we see one foot about to step on it, then the scene gets wider as the  man falls and an old woman comes into the picture, who inturn gets the banana skn in her face, drops her bags, let's go of her dog and falls into a wheelbarrow.  This goes on and on until everyone in the street is effected by one small banana skin.

It's funny and clever. There is very little text, but a lot to talk about.  The street scene gets more and more chaotic and there are so many "accidents" to discover.  It's also a really good book to use for prediction.

Who will like this book: Boys and Girls Age 5 +
Read it if you like: Rufus the Numbat by David Miller

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