The Gruffalo, for Egmont's Blue Banana series. In Follow the Swallow Chack the blackbird needs to get a message to his friend Apollo the swallow. But Apollo is far away in Africa. In Spinderella a spider longs to learn about numbers, but everyone thinks she's silly. Luckily for Spinderella, her Hairy Godmother has a plan...Blue bananas are illustrated books for NC Level 2 readers learning to tackle longer prose for the first time with the support of extensive illustrations and speech bubbles. They are carefully designed with education in mind, supporting children's understanding of vocabulary and punctuation. Blue Bananas explore the feelings and emotions of characters in a clear fashion.