Sunday, November 22, 2015

Anna, Banana, and the Monkey in the Middle by Anica Mrose Rissi -- ADVISABLE

Rissi, Anica Mrose Anna, Banana, and the Monkey in the Middle (Anna, Banana #2), illustrated by Meg Park. 128 pgs. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2015. $15.99. Content: G.

Having two best friends is great -- mostly. There's always someone to play with, someone to sit next to on the bus, and someone to share lunch with. Unfortunately, Anna discovers that it's tough when two very different someones are fighting over her -- and nothing brings out the competition for Anna's attention like a class field trip to the zoo.

With its honest yet humorous look at the complicated natures of friendship and jealousy, this early chapter book feels very relevant to the lives of many elementary-schoolers. The characters are sympathetic and the resolution is hopeful without being too pat. All in all a great second installment in the series.

EL (K-3) -- ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Caryn

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