Sunday, December 13, 2015

Anna, Banana, and the Friendship Split Book Review

Anna, Banana, and the Friendship Split  by Anica Mrose Rissi
Illustrated by Meg Park
Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
2015 110 pages. Black and white illustrations

I was reading The Writer, January 2016 issue article: One True Rule by Anica Mrose Rissi. She was talking about her debut children's book. She came up with the title first. Which told her it would be a chapter book, target age 6-10, the tone would be funny and even had the conflict there. Anica said even with all that she still felt something was missing. While walking her dog she had an idea: add a dog!
Now all she had to do was write the thing, and boy did she!
Two best friends, one a little bossy and one a little passive. Anna has her birthday wish all planned out, but somehow Sadie talked her out of it at the last minute and it came true!
Sadie told Anna to wish for a pony. Where was she going to put a pony? She got a necklace with a pony pendant. Sadie tried it on and wouldn't give it back. They have a fight and Anna is miserable. She tries to apologize the next day, but Sadie is having none of it. Things go from bad to worse. Finally Anna is mean back to Sadie. Anna has a new best friend and things are just fine. Or is it? Will Sadie and Anna ever be friends again? And now that Anna has a new friend can she have two best friends?
This is written in first person POV and it really draws the reader in. Good job Anica on your first book. And if you like this one there's another one on the way! Anna, Banana, and the Monkey in the Middle.

The illustrations are right on target too! The eyes are so expressive, even Banana's.

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See you next week,

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