My Dog Banana by Roxane Brouillard, illustrated by Giulia Sagramola. Greystone Books, 2020. 9781771647939
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
What did you like about the book? We meet the main character who is out walking his dog. His dog’s name is Banana and well, he’s a banana. As he is walking his dog everyone keeps asking him questions about his dog. Why doesn’t his dog bark? Why is the dog yellow? What kind of dog is she? With every question the main character responds with growing frustration; why doesn’t anyone notice how normal his dog is? Finally, someone makes fun of his dog by picking up a pear and yelling “Look at my cat everyone!” The main character storms off with his dog and then all of a sudden everyone hears the dog bark “whoof, whoof”. This is a wonderful story encouraging people to get outside of their rigid views of what something should look like and open their imaginations. The illustrations on the page are very minimal in features and colors and they stand out against the plain white background of each page.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No.
To whom would you recommend this book? This book is perfect for a 3-year-old with a budding imagination.
Who should buy this book? Daycares, early learning centers, elementary schools
Where would you shelve it? Picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Rose Metayer, Boston Latin School, Boston MA
Date of review: October 15, 2021