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Children’s #Audiobook Review– Wombat and Jones: The Great Banana Mystery

Synopsis of Wombat & Jones: The Great Banana Mystery (From the back cover)

Wombat and Jones are excited to attend the famous Boris Beaker’s banana bread baking class and like many other friends in town they can’t wait to get to work on making scrumptious banana bread. However, there’s just one problem — before class gets underway, Boris discovers that all of the bananas have gone missing!

Boris Beaker and his disappointed students know there is no chance they can make banana bread without this key ingredient, but Wombat isn’t willing to give up that easily. Putting her investigative skills to the test, she gets help from her trusty sidekick — Furlock Jones — and together they attempt to solve The Great Banana Mystery.

Written by author Arran Francis, creator of multiple series for BBC’s CBeebies Radio, Wombat & Jones: The Great Banana Mystery is a funny tale about friendship, problem-solving, and teamwork. Simple mistakes and jumping to conclusions can happen after all, but Wombat & Jones try their best to put it right and learn from them.


My Review

Wombat and Jones: The Great Banana Mystery is an adorable book for children and a great audiobook. As a child, I struggled with learning how to read because of my poor eyesight. One of the ways my mother helped to teach me to love to read was by purchasing audiobook versions of my favorite books for me. I fondly remember spending many summer hours listening to recordings of R.L Stine’s Goosebumps series. Sometimes, I would follow along on the printed page, but many times I would just close my eyes and get lost in the story.

Although it is much less scary than R.L.Stine (it’s a completely different genre and a different target age group), Wombat and Jones gave me those some happy nostalgic feelings of childhood. Sighted and non-sighted children will be able to enjoy the excellent audio recording of this book. With its clever plot, charming characters, and quick pacing, this book is a wonderful way to introduce children to audiobooks and the joy of reading. The story is lots of fun, and I believe that parents will enjoy listening along with their children over and over again. Plus, who doesn’t love cute children’s book with animals and literary allusions to Sherlock Holmes? Highly recommended for kids and families.



W&J - The Great Banana Mystery (with narrator)

Where to get it:

It can be streamed or borrowed from libraries too

Author Bio

Arran Francis is the creator of multiple series for BBC’s CBeebies Radio and has worked as an audiobook producer on behalf of MacMillan Audio, Audible and Harper Collins. He launched Wombat and Jones Audio in 2019 with the aim of writing children’s novels to be released exclusively in audiobook format.


The audiobooks for the Daisy May’s Daydream Parade and Wombat & Jones series were released last summer with further books in the series and standalone titles being scheduled for publication in 2020.


Keep Up with the Author of Wombat and Jones on Social Media Links

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