Book Title: BOB THE BANANA GOES BAD by Steve Petzinger and Selai Akbar-Hussain
Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 38 pages
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Publisher: Mascot Books
Release date: June, 2021
Content Rating: G for everyone.
In this heartwarming story, Bob the banana goes on an emotional journey as he worries about going bad before he can be of any use to Mr. Abbot. With the help of his friends, he learns to hold on to the hope that he will get picked by Mr. Abbott before it is too late. Through their combined support and perseverance of his refrigerated friends, Bob may be just the right item for Mr. Abbot someday.
Meet the Authors:
Steve Petzinger first created the concept for Bob the Banana when he was just twelve years old. His mother kept the original version, and over the years, his family urged him to publish it. In 2020, he decided to finally take their advice.
Petzinger sought help from his close friend, Selia Akbar-Hussain, who has been teaching preschool for eight years. She has read hundreds of children’s books and is knowledgeable about children’s books content. After months of hard work, their dreams of publishing a children’s book came true.
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Enter the Giveaway:
- Author Interview
- How long did it take you to write Bob the banana?
- When I wrote it in the sixth grade, I can’t imagine it took me more than a couple of days. But turning the book from a classroom project into a professional publication has been a different story. It took the help from a good friend of mine, Sela How i Akbar-Hussain, and the expertise of professional editors and an illustrator to turn it into a final product that is ready for publication. All in all, the editing and illustrations took 6 months.
- Do you have any other writing projects you’re working on?
- I am working on the Bob the Banana second book. To be continued…
- Who is your favorite character in the book and why?
- Other than Bob, my favorite character is probably Arvid the apple since he is the first character that I created other than Bob.
- What’s your favorite children’s book and why?
- My favorite children’s book is Dr. Seuss’ “I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew”. I loved the alliteration and I felt like I could identify with this character fighting against numerous obstacles and ultimately learning that he could handle them himself.
- If you were to create another book about another/side character, who would it be?
- Arvid’s loyalty is something to be noted and recognized. I think that highlighting him would send a positive message to readers.
- If they were to make a movie about this book, who would play Bob?
- Bill Murray (“What about Bob?”)
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