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When I was asked to write a post about Furious George Goes Bananas, I went bananas (but in a good way). I instantly thought of Tyler, the six-year-old I babysit daily, and how perfect this book would be for him. I mean, what six-year-old boy (or girl) wouldn’t enjoy a picture book about a blue and purple ape constantly becoming outraged and having huge temper tantrums?
In Furious George Goes Bananas, a man in a funny hat takes George out of the jungle and tries to sell him to various people around town in order to make some money. George becomes extremely irate in each situation and goes crazy! If you haven’t already caught on, yes, this book is a comical parody of Curious George. Although there were some slight similarities between the books, Furious George is definitely a book that stands on its own, especially since most kids won’t understand the satire.
From the hilarious illustrations to the recurring error of calling George a monkey (he’s an ape!), Tyler was unable to contain his laughter. Besides being great for entertainment, this is a perfect picture book to discuss anger management and how to behave in certain situations when angry.
So pick up your copy of Furious George Goes Bananas by Michael Rex, featured in Seesaw November, and join George on his furious adventures outside of the jungle!
Written by Promotions Temp, Lauren Kwong. Lauren was a preschool teacher before joining the staff at Scholastic.
November 16, 2012