Peanut Butter and Jellyfishes

A Very Silly Alphabet Book

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 2
  • Reading Level: Grade 1

The very funny Brian P. Cleary takes on the alphabet in this whimsical tour of everyone’s 26 favorite letters. Rhyming, giggle-inspiring verses are illustrated with colorful digital collage artwork by Betsy Snyder. For added fun, every letter is hidden within the artwork—as are several objects starting with each letter!

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 1
Genre Picture Books
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Publication Date 2013-01-01
Text Type Poetry
BISACS JNF013010, JNF042000, JNF045000
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
ATOS Reading Level 2.5
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 113254
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Reviewed

Author: Brian P. Cleary

Brian P. Cleary is an American humorist, poet, and author. He is best known for his books written for grade-school children that explore grammar, math and poetry in humorous ways. In his role in the digital division of American Greetings, he's put words in the mouths of Dolly Parton, Christina Aguilera, William Shatner, Meghan Trainor and more. The multi-million selling author has performed poetry workshops in 500 elementary schools across the county. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

Illustrator: Betsy E. Snyder

Betsy Snyder made her publishing debut in 2007 with her cheerful collages in Peanut Butter and Jellyfishes: A Very Silly Alphabet Book (by Brian Cleary). Since then, she has illustrated ten books for children, including her three that she has also written. Betsy's work has won numerous awards, including recognition from the Please Touch Museum, the Society of Illustrators, the Cooperative Children's Book Center, Parents' Choice and Indie Next List. In addition to writing and illustrating children's books, Betsy is a seasoned designer of greeting cards and other children's products. She lives with her graphic designer husband in northeast Ohio and works in a studio space just a few blocks from home.


Kirkus Reviews

“Billing itself as ‘very silly’ isn’t an exaggeration for this zany alphabet book as it pairs letters with offbeat combinations like Elvis with evergreens and newts with necklaces. Written in a rhythmic rhyme that conjures the verse of Edward Lear, this text reads like a tongue twister. . . Bright, digital collage illustrations, which experiment with textual patterns and bold colors, can be seen from a distance and sync up well with the text. . . Playful and fun.”

Publishers Weekly

“The pictures bubble with color and textures. . . there’s much busy, bright fun in these pages, and budding abecedarians should find plenty to charm them.”
Publishers Weekly

School Library Journal

“This ambitious book provides colorful collages, hidden letters, word pictures, and alphabet sentences presented in rhyme while avoiding many of the pitfalls of the genre. By melding together nonsensical sentences that are as wacky as the illustrations, Cleary opens up the field to using verbs and adjectives as well as nouns.”
School Library Journal