This poetic and beautifully illustrated book explores a boy’s imagination as he wonders which type of creature or object he would like to be. I particularly enjoyed the reasons given as to why he would choose to be a particular cow or a mountain or a cloud. These reasons explore the human mind’s attention to small details and the pleasure that these little things can bring.
The illustrations follow the boy through everyday encounters with objects and nature while showing the parallel world of his imagination. This is a gentle book that could open up thoughtful discussions. My daughter was not excited by it as a story but made reference to it by discussing what sort of something she would be for the rest of the day. It is a perfect book for sharing and could open up deeper discussion about taking time to notice and appreciate the things around us each day.
Title: If I was a Banana
Author: Alexandra Tylee
Illustrator: Kieran Rynhart
Publisher: Gecko Press
Date of Publication: June, 2017
Reviewer: Kirsten Puddick
School: Holy Cross School, Miramar, Wellington