Peanut Butter & 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 ...

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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

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Editorial Reviews

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One of the implicit lessons of this book is that slices of bread travel in loaves because, like the rest of us, they need friends. Peanut Butter, the hero of this piece, sports paperclips arms and legs that enable him to actively seek companions, but all his options seem to be foods that just don't mix. Eventually though, he finds a perfect sandwich mix with a buddy that every kid can guess. Editor's recommendation. (P.S. Terry Border's debut children's book features the same kind of humorous photography that made his Bent Objects books and blog so popular.)

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)
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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399167737
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 7/29/2014
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 29,442
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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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