Reviews for Reading to Peanut

Booklist Reviews 2011 September #2
The joy of learning to read and write is the exciting story in this lively picture book with large, sweet, colorful, cartoon-style illustrations that show preschooler Lucy having fun with her parents and her mischievous dog, Peanut. She starts off by making signs, "Mom" and "Dad," with words and pictures on sticky notes, but Peanut chews them. As the family works together in the garden, she makes signs for the vegetables they plant--"beans," "peas," "carrots," and "corn"--but Peanut digs in the muddy garden and mixes up all the seeds. Her new sign, "mixed vegetables," makes them all laugh and sing. When Peanut chews her sign, "Eat," she laughs that Peanut is also learning to read. The wry show-and-tell story builds up to the climax, when Lucy makes Peanut his own birthday card--she knows to put it high on a shelf, and he eats his cake instead. Young children will enjoy returning to this warm, humorous offering again and again. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Spring
Lucy asks her parents to teach her to read and write--for a secret reason. Bright, unfailingly cheery illustrations show her learning how by drawing pictures and studying the labels her parents make. At the end, readers discover why Lucy is so industrious (it has to do with her misbehaving dog). There's not a lot of tension, but the story is pleasant enough.

Kirkus Reviews 2011 July #2

Learning to read can be an adventure, as this determined little girl and her pup demonstrate.

Lucy wants to learn to read and write, but don't ask why: It's a secret. She gathers up the necessary materials and, with help from her parents, draws pictures of the words she wants to know on sticky notes and writes the appropriate letters underneath. Colorful, energetic acrylics show Lucy and her ever-present pup Peanut in motion over the next few weeks, labeling various people and objects, often to comic effect. (Peanut enjoys munching on paper. Is this his way of learning to read, too?) After a lot of hard work, Lucy is ready. Eyes shining with enthusiasm, on Peanut's birthday she makes a special cake with help from Mom, and she has an even bigger surprise for her beloved dog—a card she's made all by herself. The appealing character, lively pictures and mild suspense make for a warm family story that shows the fun of having a pet and provides a strategy for learning to read that youngsters will eagerly embrace. A strong choice for school or home reading.

Nicely captures the excitement of learning to read and write, complete with the feeling of accomplishment that ensues. (Picture book. 3-6) Copyright Kirkus 2011 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Reviews 2011 September

K-Gr 2--Lucy decides that it's time she learned how to read and write. There is something she wants to do and needs those skills to do it, but she's not telling anyone what that is. Lucy draws pictures, and Mom and Dad supply the printed words, but Peanut the dog usually eats the paper. When Lucy and her mother plant a vegetable garden, they make signs for each row, but the pup digs everything up and eats the signs. The garden has to be replanted. While it is growing, Lucy keeps working on her reading and writing. When the vegetables are harvested, she makes a cake that she puts in her pet's bowl. She then makes a birthday card for him, showing everyone that she can now read and write by herself. The illustrations are done in acrylic, gouache, and colored and pastel pencils. The cartoon characters have big heads, skinny necks, and small arms and legs. The joke of the dog eating all the paper goes on a bit too long and the big event that readers have been promised doesn't quite satisfy.--Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI

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