Katy Koontz wanted to write children’s books when she grew up. She took the long way around, spending the bulk of her career as a staff writer and editor and then a freelance journalist. Her articles have been published in magazines (including … see full wiki
In a world of perfectly delightful ecological balance, there’s a jungle where people and elephants and bananas co-exist. So postulates author Katy Koontz in her children’s picture book, The Banana Police. But of course, people being imperfect and all that, things don’t seem quite so wonderfully balanced to the residents of this utopia. Imagine sitting behind an elephant at the cinema and you’ll get the picture—quickly and smoothly described in the text and beautifully illustrated by Kelsey C. Roy. Bright colors entice young readers in. Clever details entertain while simultaneously teaching the powers of observation. And double-page spreads read left to right in pictures as well as words, giving the perfect introduction for listeners just learning how to read. The humor’s unforced, happy and entertaining. The story’s pleasingly predictable while filled with enjoyably unexpected details. Language is simply and clear, sentences nicely constructed with just the right amount of repetition and challenge, and the whole is a thoroughly enjoyable children’s book to be treasured and read over again.
Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy by the publisher.