In the picture book Second Banana, a girl is disappointed with her “rotten” role in the school play—but the show must go on.
The kids in Mrs. Millet’s class are putting on their annual nutrition pageant. Every kid plays a food. Every kid gets a line. It is a big deal. But this year, there aren’t quite enough parts for everybody. So the class is cast: Fish, Cheese, Broccoli, Blueberry, Banana, and . . . Second Banana. Second Banana feels rotten. She wants to be the ONLY banana!
In this deliciously original school story, author Blair Thornburgh and illustrator Kate Berube recognize the dreadful disappointment that a casting list can cause—as well as the power of friendship, creative thinking, and a good attitude to turn a rotten situation into one that’s quite ap-peel-ing. Showtime!
“Thornburgh’s school story about making the best of a less-than-optimal situation and showing kindness and empathy for a new friend will ap-peel (sorry) to young readers and listeners, who will easily identify.” —Kirkus Reviews
Praise for Second Banana
"The setup gives Thornburgh endless pun possibilities , and the rest of Berube’s costumes. . .delight, too. A funny, gentle nudge in the direction of being a better banana."
— Publishers Weekly
"Thornburgh’s school story about making the best of a less-than-optimal situation and showing kindness and empathy for a new friend will ap-peel (sorry) to young readers and listeners, who will easily identify."
— Kirkus Reviews
"Punning aside (it’s “an a-peeling” part, reports the father), this picture book ticks so many boxes in the realm of social-emotional learning that it will be useful across curricula."
— School Library Journal
"An appealing picture book for reading aloud."