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Merry Christmas, Peanut! by Terry Border

Merry Christmas, Peanut! by Terry Border is yet another in his series of food-as-characters picture books that I find infinitely amusing and especially entertaining. Of course, I love any picture book with food in it and Border's books do double duty with food as characters and food as part of the story at times.
Merry Christmas, Peanut! finds a holiday-loving kid and his mom and dad off to grandmother's house for a Christmas Day feast. But, there seems to be one delay and obstacle after another, from a literal traffic jam to a downed bridge. Things seem hopeless. Except Peanut is an eternal optimist who whips out this (hilarious) refrain whenever things seem bleak, "Don't be sad! I'll cheer you up! I'm the Merry Christmas Nut!" Read Merry Christmas, Peanut! to the right kid and you will be hearing that refrain around your house for days to come!
With every stop along the way, Peanut finds wayward nuts with nowhere to go. Of course he invites them all to grandmother's for a Christmas feast! As the snow falls and they make their way to grandmother's house, the path becoming harder and harder to find, Peanut begins to lose hope. But, I think you know what his parents and new friends have to say to that sad nut! They find their way to grandmother's where a feast (of real, human sized food, which make it even funnier) awaits. The guests all stay the night and the next day the peanuts play ice hockey on an orange popsicle...

Fun, funny and filled with the spirit of Christmas, Merry Christmas, Peanut! is a MUST HAVE. But, I warn you, if you give this book to a child, s/he is going to want the rest of Border's books...

Source: Review Copy

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