Banana Fox and the Book-Eating Robot by James Kochalka


Banana Fox and the Book-Eating Robot by James Kochalka. Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic, 2021. 9781338660524

Format: ARC (10/21 pub date)

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:  Fantasy

What did you like about the book? Kochalka has come out with another crowd pleasing, zany graphic offering. Banana Fox is back for his second “mystery,” with the word “mystery” applying generously to a very silly situation. Sharyanna, William and Flashlight (a flashlight) must try to break B.F. out of library jail, which is a dastardly book drop trap designed by the Secret Sour Society. Ten short chapters with the author’s signature thickly outlined colorful comic art, easy to follow panels and speech bubbles and silly, laugh out loud action, will appeal to kids who like funny stories.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  For early elementary graphic novel readers who enjoy the sublimely silly.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Graphic novels

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: July 29, 2021

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