Wednesday, September 21, 2016

If I Was a Banana - a bookwrap

A little banana humour to make you smile...


"If I was a Banana"

Authored by Alexandra Tylee and Illustrated by Keiran Rynhard

Ages 3-5
Origin: New Zealand 

Unwrapping some illustrations for you to take a peek at...

Beautiful soft, subdued, illustrations with a colour palette that ignites your imagination to dream and to enter into a magical world.

About the book...

This adventurous and beautiful debut resonates long afterward and begs to be read repeatedly. 

The book was chosen because:  

"If I was a Banana is strong and simple.  We have chosen it because it so encapsulates the world and voice of a child. " -Julie Marshall

The little boy who is the main character looks around his world and imagines the "what ifs" that are swirling around inside his head and paints word pictures of his thoughts to the reader.  This book beautifully captures the magic that a child can find in common objects and day-do-day encounters.  He pontificates on bananas, clouds, toys, breakfast, and my favourite, the stars.  

"If I was a star I would be that one,
the little one,
just above that other star.
It is smiling at me
and is quite different from all the others."

These simple encounters spark his imagination and result in a lovely mix of the poetic and the prosaic touching the heart of a child and an adult as well.  

"If I were a cow I would want to be the one standing over there.  That cow makes you feel like there is nothing more important than being a black cow standing on green grass."

This book perfectly encapsulates a child's voice and world view.  It is simple and funny but has depth.  The evocative illustrations are both technically skilled and emotionally resonant.  The words and illustrations work perfectly together to make a whole greater than its parts.  I highly recommend this book.  

Bloggers note:

If I were a soft fluffy white feather I would catch the breeze and travel the world stopping in London, Paris, Bangkok, Shanghai, New York and Honululu, just to name a few.  I'd tickle people's toes and noses and delight hearing their laughter as I drifted away to another destination.  I'd celebrate my freedom and swirl and dance with pure joy as the wind carried me along from place to place. I'd be the happiest feather in the entire universe and bring delight to everybody and to everything that I came into contact with......  IF......  

About the author...

Alexandra Tylee is the owner and chef at Pipi restaurant in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, author of two cookbooks, and the mother of four sons. This is her first book for children.

About the illustrator...

Kieran Rhynhart is an illustrator and animator based in Wellington, New Zealand.  He illustrated "The New Zealand Art Activity Book" for Te Papa Press in 2013, and has animated and illustrated an eclectic mix of music videos and commissions.  He was selected as one of Luerzer's Archive best 200 illustrators for 2010/2011.

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