Peanut Butter and Jellyfishes
A Very Silly Alphabet Book
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!
|Interest Level||Preschool - Grade 2|
|Reading Level||Grade 1|
|Genre||Nonfiction, Picture Books|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Millbrook Press ™, Lerner Digital ™|
“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.” --Kirkus
“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
Author: Brian P. Cleary
Brian P. Cleary is the author of the Words Are CATegorical®, Math Is CATegorical®, Food Is CATegorical™, and Animal Groups Are CATegorical™ series, as well as several picture books. 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.