Monday, 14 October 2019

Review: 'Iguanas Love Bananas' by Jennie and Chris Cladingbee and Jeff Crowther

DISCLAIMER: I was provided with a copy of this book for the purposes of this review but all words and opinions are my own.

What things do all small children love? Animals? Food? Rhymes? This picture book has all three!


The premise behind this book is a pretty simple one - all the animals in it like to eat the foods they rhyme with. As you can imagine this makes for some very creative pairings - not only do we get iguanas eating bananas, we also get marmosets eating stuffed courgettes, poodles eating pot noodles and bees eating cream teas! 


While the funny and inventive rhymes are great for young children, I think the thing I like most about this book is the illustrations. They tell the story hiding between the lines, of all these animals descending on the human world to get to their favourite foods and causing havoc in the process! It's a really good example of how illustrations can build on the text to create new layers to a story.


As soon as I read this book to Preschooler it became a favourite of his. He's animal mad so loves spotting all the ones he knows and finding out about the less commonly known ones. Girl Child had a read of it too and really enjoyed all the rhymes, she 'got' the humour of it too which Preschooler didn't quite, hopefully he'll work it out soon! I can imagine it being a favourite in our house for a long while yet.

'Iguanas Love Bananas' will be published by Maverick Books at the end of October.

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4 comments:

  1. This looks very funny indeed! Love the use of rhyming in this. #readwithme

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  2. The illustrations in this book are wonderful. Jennie and Chris Cladingbee must have had so much fun coming up with the crazy animal / food combinations.

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  3. This book sounds delightful. The rhyming reminds me of one that used to be a firm favourite when my boys were small - A Lark in the Ark, except the rhymes were with what the animals were wearing, like llamas in pyjamas #readwithme

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  4. This sounds like really good fun - and it might help kids learn about new foods too! I'm sure my nephew would enjoy it.

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