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3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  96 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
George, a young rabbit, gets a message from his pal Oscar, a cat. "How about going to the park to eat jellybeans?" And so the two friends meet up and have a hilarious, poignant, and surprisingly trenchant discussion about the existence of heaven, and what might or might not go on there, while munching on their favorite food, jellybeans. Funny, winsome, with a touch of Frog ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Roaring Brook Press (first published August 13th 2004)
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Feb 15, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Two friends head off to the park to talk, snack, and relax. Over jellybeans and hot chocolate, the pair ends up discussing, guessing, and wondering about heaven.

“I’m going if you’re going, that’s for sure.”

Such a warm, cute, touching--yet serious--exchange on the afterlife that will make you smile and wonder yourself. The power of this story truly snuck up on me.

A pure, sweet delight!

Oct 12, 2015 Chrissy rated it did not like it
My daughter picked this at the library, thinking it was about jellybeans (because the title is jellybeans), we took it home. Well, it's not about jellybeans. It's about death and the afterlife. WHAT? Um, ok. Putting aside the misleading title, still not a good book. Weird format, bland illustrations, and a morose discussion. Stupid.
Nov 19, 2007 stacy rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: children that need to learn about death
bizarre book, definitely not what i expected. it's possible that there should be a disclaimer on it or something.
Michael Dollan
Sweets by Sylvia van Ommen

I can't help but like this book, although I do find it to be somewhat unusual (all part of its charm), and I'll admit right away that I'm not sure I would ever use it in a classroom situation.

The black and white nature of the book at first seems like it may detract from the visual appeal, however the simple line drawings are charming and manage to be full of character. This book reads a little like an adult newspaper comic strip, one of those that uses cartoon techniqu
Eva Kelly
Sep 08, 2014 Eva Kelly rated it it was amazing
I liked the drawings in this one. It's about a rabbit and a cat who meet in the park to eat jellybeans and drink hot chocolate, and how they'll meet in heaven if there is one. I think they will but if they don't, it's ok. They're both nice and will make other friends.
I really really love this one so much that we are buying it. That way someone else can get it from the library and they'll like it too, and I can read it any time I want to.
Oct 16, 2012 Eve rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mariam
My four-year-old daughter picked this up after seeing it on a table at the library. It's very sparse and focused in a subtle way as two friends—a rabbit and a cat—tackle the big questions during an afternoon hanging out and eating jellybeans. An excellent introduction to the concept of an afterlife and how friendship never dies. Five stars.
Jun 13, 2016 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 11, 2009 Libby rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Definitely too mature for my 14-month old son. I was a bit confused at the beginning, until I realized that the two characters were text messaging each other. (isn't that strange for a picture book?) It could be a good segue for talking about death/life after death with your child.
Peter McCleery
May 28, 2014 Peter McCleery rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Very quirky and "European." I think this book is open ended enough to be appreciated by kids and adults. My kids liked the jellybeans and hot chocolate friendship story, while I appreciated it as an odd "Waiting for Godot" sort of thing. I have no idea what the author intended with this book!
Jun 23, 2016 Rivers rated it did not like it
Totally weird. It was with all the kids' books, but I can't see any reason a kid would be interested. I had to switch the words because I didn't need to be reading stuff about dying and "heaven" to my 3 year old. Bizarre book. I am flummoxed as to how it even got published.
Aug 06, 2008 Katherine rated it did not like it
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Right from the beginning, I was put off by the two animal friends texting each other on cell phones. Then the pop theology started, and I almost stopped reading. But I kept reading because I didn't want to miss the ending just in case it had any redeeming qualities, but it didn't.
Carrie Gelson
Jan 04, 2012 Carrie Gelson rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Waiting for Godot meets jelly beans, a rabbit and a cat. I liked this book and its "What if . . ." "What might be. . " discussion about heaven and afterlife possibilities. Not enough children's books explore these types of open ended discussions.
Feb 24, 2016 Michael rated it liked it
Picked up a book named Jellybeans, featuring a cat (?) and a bunny. Not expecting a hard left turn into existential inquiry. was pretty great. Kids did not care for it.
Oct 21, 2011 Muff rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
This is a little gem of a book about friendship now and forever. Understated, yet charming pictures convey the gentle emotions. I rarely buy books, but I ordered a copy of this one.
Mar 26, 2008 Rachelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rachelle by: English Bookshop, Amsterdam
Title in English: Sweets. Available in English from Winged Chariot Press.

This book is utterly charming. Among the top 5 picture books I've ever read.
Dec 25, 2016 Sandra rated it really liked it
Very charming, and surprisingly thoughtful.
May 18, 2008 Maria rated it it was amazing
I love this little book by fellow Dutchie.
It discusses heaven in a fresh way. It's touching and deep.
Jun 04, 2010 Rachel rated it it was ok
Odd picture book involving two animals texting each other to meet in the park with jellybeans and hot chocolate, then it goes into discussion about life after death and will they meet up again.
Mar 02, 2011 Mckinley rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture
Don't let the cover fool you, there is no color in the drawings. They are good though.
Story didn't really work for me.
SAPL Christina
Aug 09, 2011 SAPL Christina rated it really liked it
Shelves: kiddos
Oscar and George meet in the park and talk about heaven over jellybeans and hot chocolate. Open-ended and non-preachy.
Aug 15, 2011 Paula rated it really liked it
Two friends, a rabbit and a cat, speculate about what heaven will be like as they enjoy a visit to the park.
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