Bad Bananas: A Story Cookbook for Kids

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“Bizarrely funny” - Horn Book blog. A wisecracking picture book about the short (shelf) life of a bunch of bruisers—with 7 easy, low-sugar recipes—the perfect family activity: tasty, funny, hands-on fun for ages 4–12; 320 words (plus recipes), 24 illustrations More

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About Karl Beckstrand

Media professor Karl Beckstrand is the award-winning and bestselling author/illustrator of 22 multicultural titles and more than 60 e-books (reviews by Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, The Horn Book’s blog, School Library Journal, ForeWord Reviews). Beckstrand earned a B.A. in journalism from BYU, an M.A. in international relations from APU, and a certificate from Film A. Academy. Formerly a technical recruiter in Silicon Valley, Beckstrand’s early work was produced by small publishers (his first publisher died the day they were to print his book!). Since 2004 he has guided Premio Publishing & Gozo Books.
An engaging presenter and workshop facilitator, Beckstrand has experience in high tech, marketing & design, public policy, film & broadcasting. He teaches TV/radio/film scripts and Web content at a state college and contrasts traditional publishing with digital book publishing. Beckstrand is a volunteer English teacher to immigrants from around the world. His Y.A. fiction, short stories, kids’ e-book mysteries, nonfiction/biographies, Spanish & bilingual books (with ESL/ELL pronunciation guides), and wordless books feature characters of color and usually end with a twist. He has lived abroad, been a Spanish/English interpreter, and speaks on creativity. He enjoys volleyball and kayaking (usually not at the same time).
Beckstrand has presented for SUECON (education conference), Taiwan’s Global Leadership for Youth, California's Capital Book Festival, Utah Educational Library Media Association, Called to Learn conference, Salt Lake City Book Festival, PCI Webinars, Utah Humanities Council, Profnet, Murray City Writer’s Workshop, Utah Housing Coalition, LUW, Midvale City Reading Program, Utah Office of Education, professional groups, and schools. His work has appeared in: Amazon, Baker & Taylor, Barnes & Noble, Border’s, Costco, Deseret Book, Follett, iBooks, Ingram, Kobo, LDS Film Festival, Papercrafts Magazine,, The Children’s Miracle Network, The Congressional Record of the U.S. House of Representatives,, various broadcasts, and Find: “Karl Beckstrand” on FB, Twitter, and
Speaker topics:
"Getting Your Book to the World - Traditional vs. Digital publishing"
"Entrepreneurship: Bless Lives, Make Money with Your Gifts"
"Artistic Education - How the Humanities Enrich Us"
"Writing Scripts for Shows, Film, Ads & the Web"
"Writing for Media: News Stories & Press Releases that Get Attention"
"How Diversity Enriches Everyone"
"Making Habit Work for You - Replace the Bad with Milestones"

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Bad Bananas: A Story Cookbook for Kids
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About the Series: Activity Books for Kids
Great family time activities: Make muffins, find insects, count objects, learn constellations, make up the story for a book with no words, learn opposites & contrasts, find animals, learn interrogatives, and solve mysteries with titles by multicultural author Karl Beckstrand.

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About the Series: Food Books for Children
Great educational activities: Make muffins, find animals made of food, count objects, learn the names of dishes, and see online secrets about these food-based mysteries by multicultural author Karl Beckstrand.

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Rowan Kohll reviewed on July 15, 2019

A delightful book! I bought this for my son, who is seven years old, and we both enjoyed it very much. The illustrations are excellent, the jokes are funny, and I think it's a great idea to include recipes in a story book - or to build a story around a recipe book! Said my son: "It's a really good book and the jokes are funny and it's got interesting facts and I like the bit where one banana saves another banana and the joke about Darth Vader."
Highly recommended!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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