Bad Bananas: A Story Cookbook for Kids

Bad Bananas: A Story Cookbook for Kids


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(Humor, family) “Bizarrely funny” - Horn Book blog. A wisecracking activity book about the short (shelf) life of a bunch of bruisers—with 7 yummy recipes to save families from "I'm bored" disease. While banana characters try crazy stunts and start turf wars, this cautionary cookbook provides easy, low-sugar recipes (including banana muffins, smoothies, cookies, and pancakes—more free recipes at The perfect family activity, this clever fruit story facilitates tasty, funny, hands-on fun (ages 4 – 12). 320 words (before recipes) by award-winning author Karl Beckstrand (see 4 Food Books for Kids), illustrated by Jeff Faerber. 24-page, perfect bound 8”x10”, soft or hard cover (and ebook) STEM picture book with conjunctions and African-American child, Premio Publishing & Gozo Books (Mini-mysteries for Minors, worldwide rights © 2011), Baker & Taylor, Follett, Brodart, Black,, Kindle/, iBooks, EBSCO, Flipkart, Ingram, Inktera, Kobo, Mackin, OverDrive, Oyster, SCRIBD, txtr, and select retailers. LCCN: 2010910826, JUV050000, JUV011010, JUV019000, JUV054000, JUV020000, Hard ISBN: 978-0977606542, Soft ISBN: 978-0977606511 (ebook: 978-1452415598)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780977606542
Publisher: Premio Publishing & Gozo Books
Publication date: 04/03/2017
Pages: 26
Sales rank: 988,871
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Karl Beckstrand is the bestselling and award-winning author of 18 multicultural/multilingual books and more than 50 e-book titles (reviews by Kirkus, School Library Journal, The Horn Book blog, ForeWord Reviews). Raised in San Jose, CA, he has a B.A. in journalism from BYU, an M.A. in international relations from APU, and a broadcast & film certificate from Film A. Academy. Since 2004 he has run Premio Publishing. A college media instructor, Beckstrand has presented to Taiwan's Global Leadership for Youth, city and state governments, festivals, and schools. Beckstrand's nationally lauded Y.A. stories, e-book mysteries, ESL/ELL Spanish/bilingual books, nonfiction, and wordless books feature ethnically diverse characters-and usually end with a twist. His work has appeared in: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Border's Books, Costco, Deseret Book, iBooks, The Children's Miracle Network, LDS Film Festival, the U.S. Congressional Record, Papercrafts Magazine, and various broadcasts. FB, Twitter,,

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Bad Bananas - A Story Cookbook for Kids 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Author Anna del C. Dye. for Readers Favorite What a great concept for a story for children that includes an interactive cookbook! The idea is refreshing, fun and creative. The writing flawlessly goes from page to page from the start to the end. I really enjoy the descriptions of the bananas and their different uses in our kitchens. I believe this book will get kids to open their imaginations and see the many possibilities that fruits can have, not only to feed us, but also to entertain us. The story will surface every time they eat a banana for days to come and will become a great conversation piece for friends and family. The story starts when bananas are cut from their mother tree. The tree parents are so proud of them. From there, it talks about their worthy goal of being sold at the store to become useful and delicious in somebody's stomach. It also goes into details of many things that happen to bananas when they are not consumed in a timely manner. In between this fun dissertation about the bananas, you will find different recipes for the kids to try at home. They look like scrumptious and mouth-watering creations. While the readers are reading the book, the characters, in this case fruits, are having their own conversations in a setting that reads like a comic book. The language used in this book is child friendly and the situations are age appropriate. The drawings and color throughout the book are vivid and fun. This book will delight children from 1st - 4th grades, their teachers, and parents.
kimpiddington on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Text made me smile-recipes made my tummy rumble!
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Karl Beckstrand More than 1 year ago
Funny text, great illustrations (and treats!)
HawkeyesJMG More than 1 year ago
Bad Bananas: A Story Cookbook by Karl Beckstrand is a great addition to a child's library. As a teacher of third graders, and now leading a children's book reviewing club, I plan to share this with my students. The illustrations are bold and bright and pull in the attention of the readers. The recipes will provide great times in the kitchen using bananas to create a variety of (low sugar) foods. The story itself is full of humor and readers will probably never look at a banana as "just a fruit" again. And I do believe there is a double meaning to "even a bad banana can turn out good."