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Peanut Butter & Cupcake
     

Peanut Butter & Cupcake

4.8 16
by Terry Border (Illustrator)
 

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For fans of The Day the Crayons Quit, Little Pea, or How Are You Peeling?

What’s a little piece of bread to do when he’s feeling lonely? Find a friend, of course!

And that’s exactly what Peanut Butter tries to do. But sometimes friends are hard to come by, especially when Hamburger has to walk his (hot) dogs, Cupcake

Overview

For fans of The Day the Crayons Quit, Little Pea, or How Are You Peeling?

What’s a little piece of bread to do when he’s feeling lonely? Find a friend, of course!

And that’s exactly what Peanut Butter tries to do. But sometimes friends are hard to come by, especially when Hamburger has to walk his (hot) dogs, Cupcake is too busy building castles in her sprinkle box, and Egg laughs so hard he starts to crack up! Does Peanut Butter have a soulmate? Young readers will know the answer long before Peanut Butter does and laugh along with each mismatched pairing.

In a story that pairs silliness with poignancy, and friendship with anthropomorphic food, Terry Border, the photography mastermind behind the Bent Objects project, makes a triumphant entrance into the children's book world. Complete with a rhyming refrain, this is sure to be a favorite family read-aloud--and laugh-aloud.

Praise for PEANUT BUTTER & CUPCAKE

"Border’s witty food comedy will lure children who are hungry for clever visual entertainment."--Publishers Weekly

"[T]he creatively zany photographs...will make this a read-aloud hit."--School Library Journal

"This book would be a great read-aloud on friendship and food."--Library Media Connection

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
05/05/2014
Border takes ordinary household objects, gives them arms and legs made of wire, and takes brightly-lit, close-up photographs of the results. His first picture book stars a slice of bread slathered with peanut butter who’s new to the neighborhood and needs a friend. His blobby wire hands and feet are inherently funny, and his gestures are remarkably human. Peanut Butter wanders around with a soccer ball singing his signature invitational tune: “I’ll make you chuckle deep down in your belly/ And we’ll go together like Peanut Butter and...” He’s looking for jelly, of course, but he meets some other characters first. He recites his rhyme to a pink-iced confection shoveling in a sandbox, finishing, “And we’ll go together like Peanut Butter and... Cupcake!” “on’t hit my castle with your ball or I’ll be mad!” she snaps. An egg on a unicycle, French fries, and even a jump-roping meatball will divert readers until Peanut Butter finds the friend he’s looking for. Despite the predictability of the storyline, Border’s witty food comedy will lure children who are hungry for clever visual entertainment. Ages 3–5. (July)
From the Publisher
Praise for PEANUT BUTTER & CUPCAKE

"Border’s witty food comedy will lure children who are hungry for clever visual entertainment."--Publishers Weekly

"[T]he creatively zany photographs...will make this a read-aloud hit."--School Library Journal

"This book would be a great read-aloud on friendship and food."--Library Media Connection

School Library Journal
05/01/2014
PreS-Gr 2—Through photographic images of manipulated 3-D objects, Border, who is the mastermind of the Bent Objects Project, crafts hilarity in this new picture book. The hero is a peanut butter—lathered piece of white bread with bent paperclips for arms and legs. Bored with playing solo soccer, Peanut Butter wanders his new neighborhood, requesting companionship in a repeated rhyme with an ending that alters to accommodate each neighbor: "we'll go together like Peanut Butter and…Hamburger" (who happens to be walking two hot dogs). The suspense builds, as readers realize how things should come together. In the end, Peanut Butter and Jelly bring the entire food team together to play. Border's goalposts made of forks and a meatball skipping a spaghetti rope are only a few of the creatively zany photographs that will make this a read-aloud hit.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
Kirkus Reviews
2014-05-14
The familiar theme of the challenges facing a new kid in town is given an original treatment by photographer Border in this book of photos of three-dimensional objects in a simple modeled landscape.Peanut Butter is represented by a slice of white bread spread with the popular condiment. The other characters in the story—a hamburger with a pair of hot dogs in tow, a bowl of alphabet soup, a meatball jumping a rope of spaghetti, a carton of French fries and a pink cupcake—are represented by skillfully crafted models of these foods, anthropomorphized using simple wire construction. Rejected by each character in turn in his search for playmates, Peanut Butter discovers in the end that Jelly is his true match (not Cupcake, as the title suggests), perhaps because she is the only one who looks like him, being a slice of white bread spread with jelly. The friendly foods end up happily playing soccer together. Some parents may have trouble with the unabashedly happy depiction of carbs and American junk food (no carrots or celery sticks in this landscape), and others may find themselves troubled by the implication that friendship across difference is impossible.Still, preschoolers will likely savor this mouthwatering treatment of a subject that looms large in many early school experiences. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399167737
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
07/29/2014
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
12,779
Product dimensions:
10.30(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD750L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
Praise for PEANUT BUTTER & CUPCAKE

"Border’s witty food comedy will lure children who are hungry for clever visual entertainment."—Publishers Weekly

"[T]he creatively zany photographs...will make this a read-aloud hit."—School Library Journal

"This book would be a great read-aloud on friendship and food."—Library Media Connection

Meet the Author

Terry Border is the photography mastermind behind the Bent Objects project, a blog that has led to the creation of three books, two calendars, various greeting cards and many, many jigsaw puzzles. His Bent Objects have also been featured in magazines all over the world. Terry Border lives with his wife and daughter in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Peanut Butter & Cupcake 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
thelittlemissis More than 1 year ago
Absolutely adorable! My 4 year old cannot get enough of this book. It's fun to read and the pictures are incredible! Highly recommend!
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
Never give up when you're having fun! In this picture book, Peanut Butter is new in town and tries to make new friends but he keeps pairing up with the wrong things like egg and meatball. His adventures cracked me up. It’s a friendship book. The point is that you never give up and when you are having fun, others will join you. I think that’s an important lesson for all kids to learn. I liked how the author used real food pictures. It made me so hungry that I wanted to eat the book. I especially liked cupcake. I think cupcake’s castle looked about 20 feet tall. Yummy! I think four and five year olds would like this book because it is funny. It’s a great book about making friends. I give it five stars. Review by Young Mensan Cameron H., age 4, New Mexico Mensa
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I brought this book when it was my turn to read aloud to a second grade class. The book is full of visual gags and funny wordplay. The children really enjoyed it. I was a little stressed about finding a readaloud that was not too babyish for 7-8 year olds,and this book was perfect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my sister who is a kindergarten teacher. I love it! The pictures are great and the story is predictable enough for any child to follow while they laugh along. I would purchase it for any teacher or classroom as I know the kids and teacher would all enjoy it.
Funfitmom More than 1 year ago
So adorable!!! My daughter who is 6 loves this book and she loves to read. She's in a first grade reading group. This book is fun and the pictures are great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 3 year old's favorite book. Really fantastic book, great story, great illustrations and it will tickle your funny bone.
jeannieAnn More than 1 year ago
did not capture my grandson's interest
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book (and was a great steal half off!). It is a nice story of friendship, but the realistic pictures are great for my toddler to look at while we read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great.  both my 2.5 yr old son and I love it.  It's one of his favorite books.  It's entertaining both to the child and the reader.   Writing is clever, and illustrations are very cute.  I would definitely recommend.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Me and my 5 year old love this book. The pictures are so good. The title is a little confusing....but the story is great fun! I'd highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is adorable and a wonderful book for kids.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
amazing book for kids!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is filled with humor as Peanut Butter tries to find a friend to play with. Children learn what goes well with peanut butter but also a greater lesson on sharing and friendship. Ages 3-5 will find this book funny and highly entertaining. The illustrations are colorful and well done. I would recommend this book to other parents/grandparents to share with their children/grandchildren. A surprising delight!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago