Peanut Butter and Jellyfish
Peanut Butter and Jellyfish

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Annotation: Best friends Peanut Butter and Jellyfish are constantly being taunted by their neighbor, Crabby--until they help him out of a jam.
Catalog Number: #76350
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2014
Edition Date: 2014
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-375-87036-9 Perma-Bound: 0-605-79331-X
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-375-87036-1 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-79331-6
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2013003155
Dimensions: 31 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Horn Book
Though relentlessly taunted by Crabby, best friends Peanut Butter (a sea horse) and Jellyfish don't ignore his pleas for help when he is caught in a lobster trap. Citing jealousy as its root, Crabby apologizes for his bullying behavior and the three become friends. The colorful digitally collaged acrylics paint a happy setting for this tale of an unbelievably self-aware bully.
Kirkus Reviews
A cantankerous crab lives up to his name, bullying everyone in the ocean until he realizes the importance of friendship. Peanut Butter, a sunny sea horse, and Jellyfish, a gleeful gelatinous blob, are best friends. They swim up, down and around, all over their ocean home. Unfortunately, every time they swim by Crabby, he has something mean to say. Crabby stays on the ocean floor, claws cupped to mouth, taunting, "What a bunch of bubbleheads!" and "You guys smell like rotten barnacles!" and the worst insult of all: "You guys swim like humans!" Peanut Butter and Jellyfish defiantly call back, "Driftwood and sea stones may break our bones, but words will never hurt us." (Technically, Jellyfish doesn't have any bones, but that's beside the point.) But when Crabby finds himself caught in a lobster trap, his foul mouth falls silent. True to heroic form, Peanut Butter and Jellyfish save him. It's not startlingly original, but Krosoczka's saturated waterscape and expressive cast brighten this familiar tale. Crabby does explain that he was jealous—a look behind bullying behavior is always appreciated. There's nothing new under the sea, but these creatures are irrepressible, even Crabby. (Picture book. 3-6)
Publishers Weekly
Two friends take the high road and aid an undersea antagonist in this gentle-natured adventure. Peanut Butter, a smiley yellow seahorse, and his equally cheery best bud Jellyfish love swimming and exploring the ocean. Unfortunately, their outings are usually interrupted by Crabby, a crab who pelts them with insults (-I-ve seen sea snails swim with more style-). When Crabby gets swept up in a lobster trap, Peanut Butter and Jellfyish feel compelled to help and gain a new pal in the process. Krosoczka (the Punk Farm books) gives his characters universal emotions that preschoolers will easily relate to, from Jellyfish-s huffy declaration that -Driftwood and sea stones may break our bones...- to Crabby-s abashed apology. The artwork-acrylic paintings digitally assembled into collages full of heavily brushstroked currents and brightly colored kelps-create an inviting underwater landscape. -It was on the ocean floor that they found their greatest treasure!- writes Krosoczka in closing, letting readers decide whether that means friendship (aww) or the actual chest of gold the friends romp around in as the story ends. Ages 3-7. Agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House. (Apr.)

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Horn Book (8/1/14)
ILA Children's Choice Award
Kirkus Reviews
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Word Count: 446
Reading Level: 3.0
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.0 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 165774 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: AD520L

From the author of National Book Award finalist Hey, Kiddo.

Peanut Butter and Jellyfish are best of friends and swim up, down, around, and through their ocean home.
Crabby is their neighbor. He is not their best friend.
But when Crabby gets in trouble, will Peanut Butter and Jellyfish come to the rescue?
You bet they will!
From award-winning picture book creator Jarrett J. Krosoczka, this is a funny and touching story of friendships old and new, and about being brave enough to apologize.


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