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The Banana Story of Agony, Lesley Johnson (Conundrum) 

Bringing weird and wonderful childhood fantasies to life

Not quite a children's book and not quite a graphic novel, Sackville, NB, artist Lesley Johnson creates strange vignettes illustrated in loose, fluid watercolours. Her themes range from a persistent Santa who a suspicious boy won't let into the house, to a girl who ignores her family's warnings that there's a chicken on her butt, to a lonely banana desperate to be eaten. The writhing, wide-eyed banana is the weirdest and most captivating of the stories, where every panel could be a standalone painting. Johnson's stories bring to mind the sort of childhood fantasies that sidestep the line between daydreams and nightmares.

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