cover image Bitter Bananas

Bitter Bananas

Isaac Olaleye. Puffin Books, $5.99 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-14-055710-7

Yusuf competes with a family of baboons for tasty, sweet palm tree sap in an African tale retold by a native Nigerian. Young's ``lush tropical colors glow against a largely black backrop'' in ``an inspired--and inspiring--collaboration,'' praised PW. Ages 3-8. (Feb.)