Annie and Simon: Banana Muffins and Other Stories

Written by Catherine O’Neill

In three sweet stories, the reader is invited to get to know Annie and her big, big brother, Simon.

First up, Annie is hungry and Simon suggests making banana muffins. The recipe goes smoothly until Annie insists on counting the nuts and the cranberries. Simon’s interest waivers enough so that Annie slips in chocolate chips, which are not in the recipe. Naturally, the muffins are delicious.

Next, Simon finds himself babysitting with the neighbor’s baby. That goes well until the child’s favorite toy gets misplaced. Turns out, the family dog is burying all sorts of useful items.

Last, Annie and Simon are enjoying treasures from Annie’s past – a pacifier and a book about butterflies. Meanwhile, the dog needs to be distracted away from a porcupine.

Delightful watercolors adorn nearly every page and show how much Annie and Simon enjoy each other. Lovely details will be fun for kids to spot. The book is short enough for early readers to tackle on their own. It can also be enjoyed as a read aloud, especially at bedtime.

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  • Annie and SimonTitle:  Annie and Simon: Banana Muffins and Other Stories
  • Author:  Catherine O’Neill
  • Publisher:  Candlewick Press, 2017
  • Reviewer: Sue Poduska
  • Format:  Hardcover, 64 pages
  • ISBN:  978-0-7636-7498-4
  • Genre: Early Reader Fiction
  • Grade level: K to 3

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