Brian just loves to eat vegetables…but Brian is a piranha and they’re supposed to eat meat! Can he convince the other piranhas to give vegetables a go?
Title: Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas
Author: Aaron Blabey
Illustrator: Aaron Blabey
ISBN: 9781743625781 Language: English
Themes: humour, herbivore vs carnivore, preferences
What’s it about?
This is a story about Brian who is a piranha. Unlike the other piranhas he adores his fruit and veg. Brian decides it is time to convince the other piranhas to give fruit and veg a go.
It’s funny and light-hearted. It mentions several fruit and veg by name with pictures. It rhymes – who doesn’t love a rhyming book?
It has the word “bum” – twice.
This book is not meant to be taken seriously but is one of those books that you can use to break the tension at the end of a long school day. I say the end because once certain ages hear the word “bum” at the end of the story – well, they’re lost and you might as well hand them back to their parents!
In truth though, this is a ridiculously short story that manages to somehow cram a lot in. It has fruit and vegetables shown and names as well as body parts. Simple yes, but it could be used in science lessons about body parts (very basic for younger readers), and fruit and vegetables for health lessons. I would also use it to encourage children to try new things (not necessarily food but in general). I remember once doing a self-portrait with students that used vegetables – I’ll link it into the Teaching Ideas page. The other piranhas are reluctant to try Brian’s food but when they do they find it isn’t all that bad…just just prefer something else instead.
Younger children will delight in the rhyme and story.