Kid’s Book Review: Code Name Bananas

Kid’s Book Review: Code Name Bananas

About the Book and Author

David Walliams’ latest story for readers aged 7-11 years takes them back to 1940 which is of course right in the middle of the Second World War.

Notwithstanding that it is set at a time when Britain was at war with Nazi Germany this story still includes adventure, strong friendships and humour that his readers love. Illustrated throughout in black and white by creative collaborator Tony Ross, this is sure to be another blockbuster published by Harper Collins.

Eleven-year-old Eric spends his days at the place that makes him most happy: London Zoo where there’s one animal in particular he loves: Gertrude the gorilla.

With bombs falling all over London, Eric must rescue Gertrude. Together with his Uncle Sid, a keeper at the zoo, the three go on the run. But while hiding out at the seaside they uncover a top-secret Nazi plot…

Keep scrolling down to listen to the author introduce his latest book and then read the review by 8 year old Will and his sister.

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David Walliams

David Walliams – comedian, actor and author – continues to take the children’s literary world by storm. His tenth novel, BAD DAD, was an immediate number one, following the triumph of THE MIDNIGHT GANG, the biggest-selling children’s book of 2016. WORLD’S WORST CHILDREN 2, which published in early 2017, spent four weeks at industry number one and eight weeks at the top of the children’s chart. They have achieved unprecedented critical acclaim – and RATBURGER, DEMON DENTIST and AWFUL AUNTIE have all won the National Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year.

David’s books have now exceeded 100 non-consecutive weeks in the children’s number-one spot, and have been translated into 53 languages, selling more than 35 million copies worldwide.

Tony Ross went to art school in Liverpool. His cartoons have appeared in famous publications the world over. His first book, HUGO AND THE WICKED WINTER, was published in 1972. Tony has since written over 100 books and illustrated over 2000! His creations Towser and The Little Princess have been turned into TV series.

David and Tony have worked on six bestselling picture books together, as well as eight of David’s phenomenally successful children’s novels – BILLIONAIRE BOY, GANGSTA GRANNY, RATBURGER, DEMON DENTIST, AWFUL AUNTIE, GRANDPA’S GREAT ESCAPE, THE MIDNIGHT GANG and BAD DAD. David and Tony also collaborated on the 2017 World Book Day title, BLOB, and the two blockbuster short story collections, THE WORLD’S WORST CHILDREN and THE WORLD’S WORST CHILDREN 2.

Book Review

There is one word for this book....AMAZING!

This book was very good and made me laugh out loud.
It is about a little boy and his friend Gertrude (who is a gorilla) and their survival of the war. There were many twists to this book and many characters. It was very funny that Mr Frown couldn’t pronounce his r’s properly and instead said a w.
I would recommend this to my friends because there is one word for this book… AMAZING!


I enjoyed reading it so much that I recommended it to my big sister (aged 11) and this is what she thinks of it:

I agree with Will, this book is amazing! It was so much fun to read. Like most of David Walliams books, I loved every word. Gertrude the gorilla was super funny and kept either blowing raspberries, burps and bottom burps.  I liked how the story was set in WW2 and how they were on a mission to save Gertrude.

This book would be suitable for all aged children at primary school, and I would say it is set to become another David Walliams’ classic.

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Reviewer Profile

Junior Blogger William
  • Name: William
  • Age: 8 years
  • Likes: Video games, outdoor play and Transformers
  • Dislikes: Tomatoes and the colour pink
  • Favourite Book: Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  • Favourite Film: Star Wars
  • Favourite Song: Lego House by Ed Sheeran