Matthew laughs himself silly one day as he watches the banana-crazy monkeys at the Metro Zoo. That evening, bananas become Matthew's favorite food -- and he refuses to eat anything else! Over the next two weeks, he eats so many bananas that he starts to feel funny. He itches and scratches and itches and scratches until — KABLOOEY! Suddenly, Matthew is swinging from trees and shinnying up flagpoles! His parents try everything to stop his monkey business -- doctors, veterinarians, herbalists, chiropractors, animal trainers, psychiatrists and even a psychic. But nothing seems to work. Has Matthew gone completely bananas?
... captures well the book’s theme of the pleasures of simple goofiness
Andrej Krystoforski, an artist in Richmond Hill, Ontario, captures well the book’s theme of the pleasures of simple goofiness with his bright, energetic pen-and-watercolour illustrations — Krystoforski makes certain that many of the minor background characters are silly and vibrant, too, exactly as they would appear to a boy with a frantic imagination and a desire to pursue his enthusiasms to their ends.
Elliott’s straightforward text with its repetitive elements makes this an upbeat and child-pleasing choice, especially for read-alouds. Young audiences will be immensely satisfied with the final double-page illustration and its wordless conclusion.