Code Name Bananas by David Walliams | Book Review

Code Name Bananas by David Walliams

Code Name Bananas by David Walliams
Illustrated by: Tony Ross
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: February 3rd, 2022 (first published: November 5th, 2020)
Genre: Middle Grade, Historical Fiction
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Source: Thank you Times Read for the review copy in return for an honest review
Rating: 4

Go back in time with No. 1 bestselling author David Walliams for a whizz-bang epic adventure of action, laughter and secret plots – and the extraordinary friendship between a little boy and a huge gorilla that just might save the day…

1940. Britain is at war with Nazi Germany.

Eleven-year-old Eric spends his days at the place that makes him most happy: London Zoo. And there’s one animal in particular he loves: Gertrude the gorilla.

With bombs falling all over London, Eric must rescue Gertrude.

Together with his Uncle Sid, a keeper at the zoo, the three go on the run. But while hiding out at the seaside they uncover a top-secret Nazi plot…

Join David Walliams on this action-packed, laugh-out-loud adventure for all the family!


Reading a middle-grade book always makes me feel happy and excited at the same time. I wish I had a younger nephew or niece to share one with. Nevertheless, I am having so much fun, laughing a lot and squinting my eyes when there's trouble going on.

Code Name Bananas is about an 11-year old boy named Eric who lived in 1940 during the Second World War. He had lost both of his parents. He then lived with his grandmother. Right after the school bells ring, he dashes to the London Zoo to spend his time with those animals. He finds comfort at the zoo with the animals, especially with the gorilla named Gertude. However, things don't go smoothly when the air above the London Zoo is under attack. He needs to save Gertude. So, he came up with a brilliant plan with his great-uncle Sid. Then, the adventure begins.

I'm so overjoyed to see a map, no, two maps in this book. It is so cool and helps me in terms of navigating where they were and where they are going to be. I always love it when there's a map in a book. Besides that, the way the author introduces all the characters at the beginning of the story is brilliant. I think this will help the younger readers get to know who is who and what their position is in the story. Because, mind you, there are quite a number of characters in the story, so it helps a lot. Not to forget, the illustrations are so beautiful! I mean, almost every page has illustrations. It is indeed captivating to the reader's eyes.

Code Name Bananas is really an exciting middle-grade historical fiction. I'm enjoying so much following their adventures one after another. My heart was hurting knowing what had happened to Eric's parents and his grandmother because of World War II. Besides that, there are some insights about World War II included at the end of the story. Overall, it is a wonderful, fun, hilarious, and emotional story. Most of all, all the lovable animals, including Gertude. I believe the young reader will enjoy the story, particularly if we, the adults, read it to them and make it interesting with the story's sound; Boing! Boing! Boing! Even I, as an adult, am enjoying reading it.