Call the The Banana Police!
Humor columnist Tracey Beckerman and author of Author at Lost in Suburbia: A Momoir. How I Got Pregnant, Lost Myself and Got My Cool Back in the NJ Suburbs made me aware of this adorable children’s book.
Deep in the jungle is a sweet little town where people happily co-exist with
elephants, until the townspeople become increasingly annoyed with their lovable,
lumpy, neighbors. After all, they snore loudly, hog the best seats at the
movies, and block all the aisles in the supermarket. Who needs that? When the
Mayor calls on the Elephant Police to devise a clever scheme to get the
elephants to leave, the town ends up buried in all the extra bananas the beasts
usually eat. The Mayor then calls on the Banana Police to deal with the bananas,
but it’s the townspeople themselves who (burp!) finally get rid of them.
Everyone ends up learning, immediately, if not sooner, as the Mayor is known to
say, just how vital those pesky pachyderms really are. The unspoken message is
about the value of peaceful co-existence and cooperation between inherently
We liked when “all the elephants packed up their TRUNKS…”
Kelsey C. Roy’s illustrations throughout the book are incredible. The bananas add a vibrant yellow to all the pages. The two pitch black pages in the middle of the book where the sun was blocked was a lot of fun with the glow-in-the-dark sneakers.
The Banana Police is Katy Koontz’s first children’s book, written for her daughter Sam,
who is pretty much all grown up now. Katy always wanted to write children’s books when she grew up. She took the long way around, spending the bulk of her career as a staff writer and editor and then a freelance journalist.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of The Banana Police but all opinions expressed are 100% my own.