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  • Published: 5 November 2019
  • ISBN: 9781760891664
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 24
  • RRP: $19.99

A Banana is a Banana

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From household name Justine Clarke (actress, singer, children’s entertainer) and musician extraordinaire Josh Pyke comes a laugh-out-loud picture book based on the song ‘A Banana is a Banana’. Paired with bright illustrations by award-winner Heath McKenzie this story champions the fun kids can have with words, rhymes and a bit of imagination.

If an eggplant really grew eggs, chickens would be out of a job.

If a catfish was really made of cats, then it might get chased by a dog.

And a banana is a banana. That’s what it’s called, I don’t know why.

Join the band for some fun with words and rhymes in this laugh-out-loud picture book based on the award-winning song ‘A Banana is a Banana’.

  • Pub date: 5 November 2019
  • ISBN: 9781760891664
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 24
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Authors

Justine Clarke

Justine Clarke is one of Australia's most accomplished and admired performers: a best-selling children's singer; acclaimed film, television and stage actress with credits that include Tangle, Love My Way, Mad Max Beyond the Thunderdome, Japanese Story and Hedda Gabler. With this is also her constant, reassuring presence on the ABC TV institution, Play School and recent critical and commercial success The Time of Our Lives.

Justine's live shows include sing-a-long favourites from her three ARIA nominated albums, I Like to Sing, Songs to Make You Smile and Great Big World, accompanied by a live band of fine musicians.

Josh Pyke

Josh Pyke is an Australian singer and songwriter known for his six award-winning indie/folk albums, including a best-of album released in 2017. He is committed to representing the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, as one of only six lifetime ambassadors for the charity (and the only non-author lifetime ambassador). He launched the initiative 'Busking for Change' in 2009 to raise support for the ILF. Josh co-wrote the ILF song ‘Words Make the World Go Round’ with Justine Clarke, as well as co-writing, producing and mixing five songs for Justine’s new ABC2 TV show, Ta Da!
Lights Out, Leonard
is his first picture book.

Heath McKenzie

Heath McKenzie is an award-winning Melbourne-based author and illustrator who specialises in stylised digital illustrations (aiming to make them look as non-digital as possible). He has written and illustrated 15 picture books and illustrated a whole lot more across numerous forms of print media.

Praise for A Banana is a Banana

“Entertaining rhyming text, a play on words and fun to read. Bright and cheerful.”

Margaret Hamilton

“Heath McKenzie’s illustrations enhance the quirkiness of the words and all in all, this is just a fun book to share.”

The Bottom Shelf

“A Banana is a Banana matches humour and fun from entertainers Justine Clarke and Josh Pyke with bright illustrations from Heath McKenzie. A book that uses words, rhymes and pictures to spark the imagination and show kids what language can do.”

Ten great reads for your primary school child, NSW Department of Education

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