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By Alexandra Tylee,
illustrated by Kieran Rynhart

A book that celebrates imagination and possibility.


If I was a banana I would be that one,
all yellow and fat and full of banana


If I was a mountain I would be the one 
with the snow and the clouds 
and the rumbling volcano 
that never blows its top 
(well, never enough to hurt anyone)


If I was a lion you might not want to talk to me,
so I won't be a lion


"[This] whimsical exploration of imagination repays repeat readings." 
Kirkus Reviews

"One of the most beautiful books I've read in a long, long time." 
Tall, Short, Tiny & a Pickle


Alexandra Tylee is the owner and chef at Pipi restaurant in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, author of two cookbooks, and the mother of four sons. This is her first book for children.


Kieran Rynhart is an illustrator and animator based in Wellington. He illustrated The New Zealand Art Activity Book for Te Papa Press in 2013, and has animated and illustrated an eclectic mix of music videos and commissions. He was selected as one of Luerzer's Archive best 200 illustrators for 2010/2011.


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If I Was A Banana

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