What It Is
Charlie and the Banana Monster is a lift-the-flap board book written by Peter Bently and published by the National Geographic Society. The book tells the story of a little chimpanzee named Charlie who starts out explaining to his baby brother Chester that there's no such thing as monsters. But then as Charlie journeys into the bushes to get his secret stash of bananas he starts to hear some scary noises, including where his bananas are hidden.
The book features high-quality photos of Chimpanzees from the National Geographic Society combined with colorfully illustrated jungle scenes. While some lift-the-flaps books are small and flaps can rip easily, these flaps are also large and sturdy, perfect for little hands.
The back of the book also offers some fun tips for parents looking for additional ways to engage their child with the storyline, such as encouraging them to make animal noises as you read along or talking to your child about chimpanzees and how they are similar and different from humans.
Why It’s Fun
Kids will have fun reading along to find out if the scary noises Charlie hears really is a monster, or just a baby brother who is a hungry banana thief. Even if a younger child can't read yet, lifting the flaps offers an engaging way to play along and interact with the story as mom or dad reads aloud. And for beginner readers, the words are easy enough to sound out and practice reading on their own.
Who It’s For
Charlie and the Banana Monster is for ages 3–7.
What To Be Aware Of
This book is part of the National Geographic Kids Wild Tales book series. Each book is sold separately.