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Bananas in Pyjamas

Bananas in Pyjamas
A Book of Nonsense, illustrated by Tom Barling
Date of composition September 1972
Opus number (No opus number)
Type of work Concert music
ISBN 0-571-10138-0
Duration 5½ mins
Musical forces Voice(s) and Piano
School Suitable for use in schools
Words Carey Blyton
Publisher Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Notes A collection of seventeen nonsense poems, seven set to music, with illustrations by Tom Barling; songs are: 1. Bananas in Pyjamas; 2. The Luxurious Shoe-horn; 3. Sally the Pig; 4. The Stork; 5. Sing a Song of Science; 6. The Manatee; 7. The Axolotl
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Totally nonsensical and full of verbal wit.

Elaine Moss, Children’s Books of the Year, 1972

The expressions on the faces of the children as they launched into Mr Blyton’s work showed clearly why he is gaining such popularity as a composer for young people. [Review of Schools Music Festival in Swanley, Kent, which included performances of Bananas in Pyjamas, Three Food Songs, Three Insect Songs and Three Bird Songs]

T.G.G., Kentish Times, 23th March 1975