Benny the Bananasaurus Rex

Benny loves bananas. He eats them morning, noon, and night. He even rides a bike with a yellow banana seat. In fact, Benny has a secret, he hopes one day he will turn into a banana! And if there is one thing Benny knows, it’s that with a little imagination anything is possible.

Written by Sarabeth Holden | Illustrated by Emma Pederesen

Hardcover (English) | ISBN: 978-1-77227-442-4 | $18.95 | 9.5″ x 9.5″ | 28 pages | Full-colour illustrations throughout | Ages 3-5 | F&P Level L |

EPUB (English) | ISBN: 978-1-77227-527-8 | $9.99 | 28 pages | Full-colour illustrations throughout | Ages 3-5 | F&P Level L |


“An engaging and endearing story about a boy who loves bananas and dinosaurs so much that one day using his imagination he turns into a bananasaurus! Through the story, we see Benny’s supportive family, their love and respect for his creativity and the powerful role language plays in connecting people.”—Toronto Star

“The book’s silliness is its strength; it will certainly reach imaginative little readers who might themselves be obsessed with a particular creature, costume, or food…Deliciously playful and imaginative.”—Kirkus

“Youngsters will enjoy having this book read to them. Teachers/caregivers can use this book with discussions about different types of families.”—CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“This entertaining, tongue-in-cheek story about a child’s obsession and the power of imagination is the second picture book by Inuk author Sarabeth Holden. Toronto-based illustrator Emma Pedersen clearly has a field day bringing the story to life, switching back and forth between cute little Benny-boy and his huge scary dinosaur persona, as she seamlessly mixes ordinary family-life and effervescent imagination. A fun read for all ages published by Inuit-owned Inhabit Media, who are committed to promoting fascinating Inuit stories both traditional and new.”—The White Ravens


Top Recommended Read — TD Summer Reading Club, 2023

Best Books for Kids and Teens — The Canadian Children’s Book Centre, 2023

White Raven — International Youth Library, 2023

Blue Spruce Award Winner — The Forest of Reading, 2024

Now featured in the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library book list for 2024!