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Anna Banana and the Chocolate Explosion (Book) Review

 
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Cute and cuddly characters combine with an easy to read format that is ideal for young readers.

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Plays on the standard for the genre.


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Anna Banana is a feisty little girl who gets into a lot of trouble – and loads of fun – with her pack of stuffed animal friends.   As the story begins, Anna’s adorable stuffed penguin has a problem. He’s hungry – real hungry – and the only snack that will do is chocolate cake. […]

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Anna Banana is a feisty little girl who gets into a lot of trouble – and loads of fun – with her pack of stuffed animal friends.

 

As the story begins, Anna’s adorable stuffed penguin has a problem. He’s hungry – real hungry – and the only snack that will do is chocolate cake. And so, Anna and her group of fuzzy friends set off to bake a cake. While Anna isn’t going to do all the work, she promises to teach her friends how to bake a cake by themselves.

 

Of course, there are all sorts of ingredients to grab, and everybody works together as a team – except for Anna Banana’s teddy bear, who decides that he works better on his own. As Teddy goes off to bake in solitude, the others get started. As ingredients pour into the bowl, one fuzzy friend gets a little too energetic in his mixing, and soon there is chocolate everywhere. Of course, the spills don’t stop there, and soon the whole place is one giant mess.

 

Amidst all the mess, Teddy reappears with a perfect chocolate cake in hand. Though the others all admire his baking skills, they also have a sneaking suspicion about Teddy’s baking – and so they set off on a spying expedition, to find out the real source of Teddy’s fabulous cakes. In the end, they all learn that it’s okay to make mistakes, and working together makes for a great team.

 

Anna Banana and the Chocolate Explosion is done in a very kid friendly style. There are tons of colorful little illustrations, with Anna’s whole squad of stuffed animal friends looking cute, cuddly, and colorful – just the way kids like them. It’s sort of like a comic book for little kids, which is a great format to keep kids engaged. Kids love looking at pictures, and in this book the pictures are a major part of the story, with comic book sound effects included.

 

Whether you’re looking to find a kid friendly introduction to comic books, or just want a way to keep your antsy reader occupied, Anna Banana and the Chocolate Explosion is a fun addition to your family’s library. The story panel form gives the story a sense of continuous action that walls of text just can’t do. Plus, the panels serve well to break the text into smaller pieces, great for newer readers. While it does sort of play on the standard children’s book fare, kids do love animals and messes, so you can’t go wrong.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)