The Banana Story of Agony

The Banana Story of Agony

By Andrea Belcham

A review of The Banana Story Of Agony by Lesley Johnson

Published on October 1, 2009

The Banana Story Of Agony
Lesley Johnson

Conundrum Press
$15
paper
68pp
978-1-894994-42-2

Part graphic novel, part children’s picture book, Lesley Johnson’s The Banana Story of Agony is a collection of four whimsical stories recounted primarily through Johnson’s expressionistic illustrations. “Love” describes Paradise lost and then rediscovered; in “There’s No One Home,” a boy refuses to let Santa into his house; “Susan Had a Chicken on her Butt” really is about the fowl on a sulky girl’s posterior; and the title story relays a banana’s tragic quest for self-fulfillment. Johnson’s landscapes are stark but glowing, and her impish characters flow across the pages. Humour and brevity combine in strange worlds that invite readers to create their own tangential storylines. (Ages 13+) mRb

Andrea Belcham lives in Saint-Lazare, where many of her best neighbours are trees.

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