Peanut Butter & Cupcake!

Peanut Butter & Cupcake! photos. by Terry Border. 32p. Philomel. Jul. 2014. RTE $17.99. ISBN 9780399167737. LC 2013039974.
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
Peanut Butter, new to town, is having trouble making friends--Hamburger is too busy "walking the dogs" (meaning hot dogs), Meatball jumps (spaghetti) rope, etc.--but finally finds his gelatinous purple partner for the ages. Peanut Butter's friend-courting chant is plodding, but the book's puns are groan-inducingly pleasurable, and the art--for which Border bends and photographs objects--is memorable.

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