Benny the Bananasaurus Rex

by Sarabeth Holden (Author) Emma Pedersen (Illustrator)

Benny the Bananasaurus Rex
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

"Deliciously playful and imaginative."--Kirkus 

He eats them morning, noon, and night. He even rides a bike with a yellow banana seat. In fact, Benny has a secret, he hopes one day he will turn into a banana! And if there is one thing Benny knows, it's that with a little imagination anything is possible.

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Kirkus Reviews

Deliciously playful and imaginative.

Review quotes

An engaging and endearing story about a boy who loves bananas and dinosaurs so much that one day using his imagination he turns into a bananasaurus! Through the story, we see Benny's supportive family, their love and respect for his creativity and the powerful role language plays in connecting people. — Toronto Star

Youngsters will enjoy having this book read to them. Teachers/caregivers can use this book with discussions about different types of families. —CM: Canadian Review of Materials

Sarabeth Holden

Sarabeth Holden lives in Toronto with her husband, Sean, and their sons, Raymond and Jackson. The whole family loves to spend time outside and go on adventures. When they're not outside, Sarabeth enjoys singing made-up songs to make things like diaper changes and face wiping a little more bearable so they can get back to the things they love: blowing raspberries, having kitchen dance parties, and reading stories. Sarabeth grew up in Nova Scotia, Nunavut, New Brunswick, and Ontario, and is co-founder of the Toronto Inuit Association, supporting the local Inuit community as it grows.

Emma Pedersen is a Toronto-based illustrator specializing in children's books and character design. She graduated OCADU from the drawing and painting program, as well as from Sheridan College with a degree in illustration. Aside from creating, Emma enjoys hunting through used book shops, spending time with friends and family, and planning her next trip abroad.

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Inhabit Media
Publication date
April 04, 2023
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV051000 - Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
JUV030120 - Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | Polar Regions
Library of Congress categories

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