Second Banana (Hardcover)

A Picture Book

By Keith Graves

Roaring Brook Press, 9781596438835, 32pp.

Publication Date: February 10, 2015

List Price: 17.99*
* Individual store prices may vary.


"Think of us as bananas. Obviously, I am Top Banana. The Big Banana. Numero Uno Banana. You are Second Banana," says the Amazing Bubbles, the star of the circus.

And what does Oop, the Second Banana, do? A Second Banana helps fill the pool so Top Bananas can dive. They hold the music so Top Bananas can entertain the crowd. They keep the tires full of air so Top Bananas can drive. In short, they are not the stars of the circus.

But what happens when a Top Banana gets hurt and an eager Second Banana has to stand in his place?

About the Author

Keith Graves is the author and illustrator of many hilarious picture books for children, including Chicken Big, Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance, and The Monsterator, the latter from Roaring Brook Press. Keith lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Nancy, and twins, Max and Emma.

Praise For Second Banana: A Picture Book

“Children would love to be a second banana in this circus . . . Hilarious.” —Booklist

“Under the big top, the show must go on, but the relationship between a spotlight-grabbing monkey and the amiable gorilla that assists him is ripe for a change . . . Readers will relate to the uneven friendship dynamics softened with humor.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This gooft story about the friendship between a monkey and a gorilla (and a mouse) is a delight.” —School Library Journal

“It's a neat ending, though a slightly chilly one.” —Publishers Weekly