Book Title: BOB THE BANANA GOES BAD by Steve Petzinger and Selai Akbar-Hussain
Category: Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7), 38 pages
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Publisher: Mascot Books
Release date: June, 2021
Format available for review: print-hardback (USA), pdf
Tour dates: June 14 to July 9, 2021
Content Rating: G for everyone.
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.
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.
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By Steve Petzinger
I was a very creative kid. I remember being a kid and loving to draw, write, and play music all day long. I loved being creative because it was an outlet and made me happy. I would get lost in the creative process and not think about anything else. Of course back then I had all the time in the world and no responsibilities. As an adult it’s harder to make time to tap into that creative part of myself. I work full-time and do usual adulting things and it seems like there’s not enough hours in the day for even that. But there is a burning desire in me to be creative still so I make time. I play the piano when I get off work. I have a poetry hobby where I use poetry magnets and create short poems on the fridge. I usually do that late at night before bed. I write instead of watching tv a couple nights a week as well.
I still have that creative side of myself. I didn’t outgrow it. For me, I make time because it’s even more important today to have that outlet. When I wrote Bob the Banana, life was busy, but I made time and I’m so happy I did. I felt so proud of myself for fulfilling a creative dream. I’ve accomplished a lot in life but there’s nothing that compares to seeing out a creative vision to the end.
Bob the Banana goes bad is written by Steve Petzinger. It is a fun and beautifully illustrated story about a fridge that is run by Bernie the Bagel who is the mayor. Mr. Abbot owns the fridge. The food friends know that at some point they will be used to make a meal for Mr. Abbot. However before he could be used, Bob turns brown. He feels like he will be no use to anyone and develops a bad attitude. The other vegetables cheer him on and give him positive encouragement but he feels like he has let them down. Bernie the Bagel notices Bob is missing. The other fruits and vegetables try and find him. During this time Bob realizes that he does have a special purpose and when he reveals it the whole fridge cheers.
This is a well written and beautifully illustrated story. My children pointed out that when our bananas go bad we bake with them. I read this story with my 10 and 8 year old sons and we all enjoyed it very much. I received a copy of this book through IRead book tours. All thoughts are my own.