27th out of 71 books — 24 voters
The Peanut-Free Cafe
This engaging story about a young boy's severe allergy to peanuts and how his classmates help him cope offers an upbeat perspective on a condition that many children must live with each day. Includes a Note from a pediatric allergist. Full color.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Albert Whitman & Company
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My first thought about this books is that the illustrations are great. They are very engaging and would keep and child engaged. I also appreciate the multicultural class that was depicted. This book also did a great job explaining the dangers of peanut allergies. There is one picture where the allergic boy, Grant, is demonstrating what would happen if he ate a peanuts, he is pretending to be choking. Where this book fails to live up to expectations is its focus on the child who is allergic. Inst...more
From beginning to end, Koster’s The Peanut Free Café is not only an entertaining and fun book, but it’s also a great resource on how to deal with peanut allergies in a caring and colourful way. Koster’s writing paired with a fine selection of wonderfully bright and comical illustrations by artist, Maryann Cocca-Leffler, successfully manages to tell a story in a way that kids of ages 5 and up can relate to. - Kira McGann
Okay, I'm all for supporting those with food allergies (I have some of my own), but this book is terrible. DD brought it home from the school library and we were subjected to it. It starts out with the allergy child feeling left out because they can't have peanut butter, and ends up with the peanut-eating kid feeling left out! How is that a good message?!
This book is a great choice for explaining peanut allergies to young children and could even be used to explain it to children in a class with a student who has this allergy. The illustrations are colorful and fun I like that the book highlights children of different races.