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Playful countdown book with wonderful photos

Nine Banana Slices In Search Of A Place To Sleep

Pieter Gaudesaboos

‘Nine Banana Slices In Search Of A Place To Sleep’ is a surprising photobook that presents a fun variation on the well-known nursery rhyme 'Ten Little Indians'. Nine banana slices are fed up with being in the cold fridge and go in search of a better sleeping place. Along the way, one after the other is left behind: in a dirty cup of hot chocolate, in the fur of a dog, in a shoe... Sometimes a sleeping place is already taken (a little girl’s bed), forcing the remaining slices to continue their search. At other times, they have to fight for a place. So when a black cat suddenly turns up, a banana slice manages to scare it off with the help of a toy car. In short, the race has rather more obstacles than the classic nursery rhyme.

The beautiful design is eye-catching from page one: different colours, fonts and flourishes.

Pieter Gaudesaboos illustrated this remarkable picture book with warm photos whose main tones are yellow and dark brown. ‘Nine Banana Slices’ is a technical tour de force: the slices are real, and as they balance on the edge of the bath or climb on top of a stack of dirty cups they appear to come to life. The accompanying rhyming text is playful and inventive. ‘Nine Banana Slices’ is full of absurd humour and a bold and surprising reimagining of a classic recipe.

Funny and original
NDB Biblion
A gem of a book!