By Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, $16.99, 32 pages
Peanut Butter and Jellyfish were best friends. They loved exploring the ocean together. They visited everyone except Crabby. Crabby was not very nice to them. They tried to ignore him and his insults. Peanut Butter and Jellyfish insisted that words would never hurt them. One day as Peanut Butter and Jellyfish were swimming around they noticed that Crabby was not in his usual place and they also heard sobbing. They immediately noticed that Crabby was caught in a lobster trap. Crabby was scared and Peanut Butter and Jellyfish asked themselves if they should help Crabby out. They decided that things were serious enough that they should help Crabby. They were able to get the latch open but then Crabby told them he was afraid of heights and did not know how to swim. Peanut Butter and Jellyfish devised a plan to untie the crate so that it would sink to the ocean floor. Crabby told them thanks. Crabby then showed bravery by telling Peanut Butter and Jellyfish that he was sorry he had said all those mean things in the past.
This was a wonderful story teaching lessons about bravery, decision making, bullying and the ability to say sorry when one makes a mistake (or two). The full color pages contain simplistic drawings that are cute and engaging. This book will lead to wonderful discussions with your child when situations arise that require them to react to some not-so-nice actions of their peers.
Reviewed by Seniye Groff