Bob the Banana Goes Bad by Steve Petzinger

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Bob the Banana Goes Bad book cover with browning banana with grumpy face
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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I read this book with both kiddos and it was a HIT! The artwork brings these characters to life, and the story really draws the reader into the life and situation for these food friends. This seems like the kind of story that could turn into a series. There are a lot of very unique characters in this refrigerator, and we really enjoyed them all!

So, Bob the Banana, like all the other food in the refrigerator just wants to be eaten. That is their role in life. The Mayor supports every food by telling them they will be chosen before they go bad, but when Bob starts to turn brown, it doesn’t look good for him.

I struggled a little bit to decide what to classify this one as. I chose friendship because even though the food friends are all trying to get every food eaten, they are supporting each other in the thing they want. And that’s what friends are for! 😍

Overall, I thought this was a really fun book, and both of my children really enjoyed it! I would recommend this for preschool through middle elementary children!

Where to Find This Book:

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In this heartwarming story, Bob the banana goes on an emotional journey as he worries about going bad before he can be of any use to Mr. Abbot. With the help of his friends, he learns to hold on to the hope that he will get picked by Mr. Abbott before it is too late. Through their combined support and perseverance of his refrigerated friends, Bob may be just the right item for Mr. Abbot someday.

Just the Facts:

Bob the Banana Goes Bad by Steve Petzinger
Genre: Childrens
Page Count: 38 pages
Publisher: Mascot Books
Pub Date: April 6, 2021

Steve Petzinger first created the concept for Bob the Banana when he was just twelve years old. His mother kept the original version, and over the years, his family urged him to publish it. In 2020, he decided to finally take their advice.

Petzinger sought help from his close friend, Selia Akbar-Hussain, who has been teaching preschool for eight years. She has read hundreds of children’s books and is knowledgeable about children’s books content. After months of hard work, their dreams of publishing a children’s book came true.

Author Links:
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