Friday, December 18, 2020

Review - Piranhas Don't Eat Bananas

Piranhas Don't Eat Bananas

by Aaron Blabey
Date: 2015
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 24
Format: e-book
Source: library

Find out what piranhas eat -- and don't eat! -- in this new, irresistibly funny picture book from Aaron Blabey, the bestselling creator of Pig the Pug!

Everyone knows that piranhas don't eat bananas -- except for Brian. This little fish loves to munch not only on bananas, but on fruit of all kinds! Brian's piranha friends think he's crazy. Piranhas don't eat bananas -- their sharp teeth are for eating meat! And there's a scrumptious pair of feet dangling in the water nearby...

Rich with author-illustrator Aaron Blabey's hysterical text and unforgettably wacky illustrations, Piranhas Don't Eat Bananas is a hilarious story about trying new things -- no matter how strange they seem!

(synopsis from Goodreads)

Poor Brian. Life's not easy when you're a frugivore... and a piranha. In funny rhyme, Piranhas Don't Eat Bananas details a conversation between Brian and his friends as he tries to convince them that fruit is awesome... and they try to remind him that body parts are delicious.

I first encountered Aaron Blabey's work in The Bad Guys series of chapter books, which also feature a piranha. But I loved seeing these fish in full colour. Kids will love the silly rhymes, and there's plenty of bum talk (without getting too crass).

Overall, this was a pleasant surprise. If you're looking for amusing picture books in rhyme, you might want to check this one out. (As a bonus, you might learn a little something about piranhas and bananas, too!)

Quotable moment:

Premise: 4/5
Meter: 4/5
Writing: 3/5
Illustrations: 4/5
Originality: 5/5

Enjoyment: 4/5

Overall: 4 out of 5

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