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 Code name Bananas
 Author: Walliams, David

 Publisher:  Harper, (2023)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 372 p., ill., 22 cm

 BTSB No: 917395 ISBN: 9780062840158
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 London Zoo (London, England) -- Fiction
 Orphans -- Fiction
 Great uncles -- Fiction
 Zoo keepers -- Fiction
 Gorillas -- Fiction
 World War, 1939-1945 -- England -- Fiction
 Adventure fiction
 London (England) -- History -- 1940-1941, Bombardment -- Fiction
 Great Britain -- History -- 1936-1952, George VI -- Fiction
Historical Fiction
Adventure Fiction

Price: $23.98

A young boy, his great-uncle, and a friendly gorilla from the London Zoo uncover a Nazi plot in wartime Britain.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.30
   Points: 7.0   Quiz: 520262

   Kirkus Reviews (05/01/23)
   Booklist (01/01/23)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 01/01/2023 In this WWII-era farce, Walliams spins an 11-year-old orphan’s concern for the safety of the animals of the London Zoo during the worst days of the Blitz into a hilariously improbable spy thriller. Alarmed by news that loving and beloved gorilla Gertrude has been ordered put down as a dangerous wild creature, Eric enlists his zookeeper great-uncle Sid (a war vet who lost both legs and has secretly gathered a menagerie of similarly disabled zoo residents in his apartment) to help spring her. The caper leads to several droll episodes and ultimately culminates with the group (gorilla and all) captured by Nazi secret agents and bundled aboard an explosives-filled U-boat dispatched to blow up the Houses of Parliament! That, of course, won't do. Gertrude provides plenty of assistance (not to mention frequent massive belches and grossly juicy raspberries), so mostly it’s all in fun, though the author does tuck in the occasional exploding bomb and hail of bullets, as well as appended notes on the Battle of Britain and tragic wartime events. - Copyright 2023 Booklist.

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