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Betty goes bananas
Antony, Steve, author, illustrator.
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Schwartz & Wade Books, [2014]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Betty the gorilla gets very upset when she is unable to peel her banana, and every effort Mr. Toucan makes to help her only seems to make things worse.
Reading Level:

AD 170 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.6 0.5 171647.

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Like Molly Bang's When Sophie Gets Angry--Really, Really Angry, this book offers families a perfect opportunity to openly discuss emotions and behavior.

Meet Betty, a gorilla. She wants to eat a banana, but . . . try as she might, she can't open it! Poor Betty--she just can't cope, and her frustration quickly becomes a great BIG tantrum. She cries and sniffles, kicks and screams. Luckily, Mr. Toucan is at hand to peel the banana and help Betty calm down. But what will happen when Betty spots another banana?

Both preschoolers and parents will laugh out loud at this simple, utterly hilarious picture book about tantrums.

Author Notes

STEVE ANTONY received his MA in Children's Book Illustration from Anglia Ruskin University in the UK. This is his U.S. picture book debut. Learn more at

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Betty, an adorable pint-size gorilla in a pink dress and matching hair bow, toddles over to a delicious-looking banana. Her sweet demeanor quickly turns sour, however, when she can't peel it. The pale background turns bright red as Betty cries, sniffs, kicks, and screams in true temper-tantrum fashion. Betty finally calms down, but when a seemingly helpful toucan peels the banana for her, Betty's face starts to contort again as another meltdown begins; she wanted to do it herself! The cycle repeats when Betty's banana breaks in half, though this time, the wise bird flees the scene. Uncluttered illustrations feature only Betty, Mr. Toucan, and the rascally bananas. Black graphite pencil along with yellow, pink, and those red outbursts combine with minimal lines to deftly evoke a myriad of emotions as Betty goes on her emotional roller coaster. Young ones will surely recognize themselves and may even crave a banana of their own after reading this strong U.S. debut from Antony.--Mazza, April Copyright 2015 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Newcomer Antony's picture book stars Betty, a small, stumpy gorilla in a pink dress and a pretty bow. Her fur, drawn with soft graphite, looks velvety enough to touch. Wandering into a spread from the left, she spies a banana, but she can't open it, and her frustration leads to a toddler-style meltdown: "Betty cried, WAAAAAA!" and sniffled, SNIFF! SNIFF! and kicked, BANG! BANG! and screamed, AAAAAA!" To punch up the force of her emotions, the backdrop is an angry red. Fortunately, there's a voice of reason in Betty's life: "There is no need for that," says Mr. Toucan, who's not much bigger than the banana, but who has the restraint Betty lacks. "Watch. I will show you how to peel the banana." Unfortunately, Betty's the kind of girl who likes to peel her own bananas. Cue another tantrum, and another round of smiles from readers. Betty eventually gets to eat her prize, but her temper still needs work. Antony understands pacing and rhythm, and his gentle black lines capture Betty's emotions with a few deft strokes; it's a promising debut. Ages 2-5. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-A young gorilla is unable to open a banana she wants to eat and proceeds to cry, kick, sniffle, and scream about it. A calm Mr. Toucan arrives to help, but that only angers Betty more; she wants to peel the fruit herself. As she finally prepares to savor her snack, it breaks, resulting in yet another massive freak out. Several times Mr. Toucan reminds Betty that her behavior is unnecessary, and Betty is ultimately able to enjoy her banana. Naturally, she promptly stumbles upon another on the very last page, leaving readers to imagine Betty going bananas all over again. The banana-print end papers set the tone for the book. Black, white, pink, and red are the only other colors used, so the bright, classic yellow stands out and contrasts nicely with Betty's black fur. The texture and style of the graphite pencil illustrations are reminiscent of children's crayon drawings, and the repetition and silliness of Betty's dramatic behavior allow for reader participation and discussion. A lively companion to Molly Bang's When Sophie Gets Angry... (Scholastic, 2004).-Whitney LeBlanc, Staten Island Academy, NY (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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