With the careful placement of a banana peel, a hyena with a serious case of schadenfreude sets off a chaotic series of misfortunes. Giraffe slips on the peel and skids "straight into a tree--KER-RANG!" which causes a coconut to fall on Hippo, making him step on Snake, who bites Ostrich, and so on. Hyena, ignoring his friends' indignant repetition of the phrase "That's not funny!" cackles away--until his prank lands him in a pile of elephant poop. Reynolds--who previously worked with Willis on Who's in the Bathroom?--contributes cartoony watercolors that play up the numerous animals' expressions of anger and shock. The message is more "what goes around comes around" than "be nice"--as Hyena slinks away into the sunset, the other animals, who so resented Hyena's howling, guffaw just as heartily at Hyena's predicament as he did at theirs. Those looking for a morality lesson won't find it--this story is all about the pratfall. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)[Page ]. Copyright 2010 PWxyz LLC
PreS-Gr 1--When Hyena puts a banana peel on Giraffe's path, he sets off a chain of events that he finds extremely hilarious. He laughs and laughs at the other animals' misfortunes--a coconut falls on Hippo's head, Snake gets stepped on, Rhino tumbles into the swamp, Turtle lands on Vulture, etc.--while they exclaim, "That's not funny!" The joke, of course, is on Hyena when he slips on the forgotten peel and steps into a huge, steaming pile of Elephant's poo, causing all the other animals to laugh. Children will love the large, colorful illustrations that clearly show each animal's pain and anger in a fun and cartoony way. The text placement is fairly interactive with the pictures, and there are plenty of onomatopoeic words ("Bink!" "Ker-rang!" etc.). Good for reading aloud and sure to be popular with the storytime crowd.--Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH[Page 96]. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.