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Peanut Butter and Jellyfish

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  593 ratings  ·  111 reviews
Peanut Butter and Jellyfish are best of friends and swim up, down, around, and through their ocean home.
Crabby is their neighbor. He is not their best friend.
But when Crabby gets in trouble, will Peanut Butter and Jellyfish come to the rescue?
You bet they will!
From award-winning picture book creator Jarrett J. Krosoczka, this is a funny and touching story of friendships
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2014)
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Jon Nakapalau
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A book that teaches children that kindness can be shown to those who are unkind.
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-to-tristan
***Rated by my son***
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
Love the title, but the story is kinda lame. Friends Peanut Butter (the sea horse) and Jellyfish struggle with a bully named Crabby. Though his insults sting, the friends still do all they can to rescue Crabby from a lobster trap.

Acrylic paintings digitally collaged. I liked the ridiculous nature of Crabby's initial insult, but the rest were eh. Important topic, but only okay as far as characters, actions, and solution go. PreK-2.
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Jarrett Krosoczka never fails me. Hilarious (Crabby's taunts are so...Krosoczka), exciting, wonderfully illustrated and a perfect little tale of friendship and bravery (all kinds). Move over Rainbow Fish, there's some new denizens of the deep, and they are just fantastic. ...more
Riana (RianaInTheStacks)
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Peanut Butter and Jelly Fish is such a cute book! The art style is perfect for the ocean setting and the whole book has full paged illustrations. Even the inside cover in the front and the back are cute, showing the fishing boat going out to sea and then at the end showing the fisherman and his outcome. The colors are also very vibrant and hold your attention. Most importantly of all however, the story is great. This is a fable that has a very important message that though may at first glance se ...more
Pooja Banga
Sep 29, 2019 rated it liked it
A decent read!
Karen Burt
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Krosoczska's colorful and short book would make a great segue to a conversation about bullying, a frequent problem in schools everywhere. Some of its witticisms may be lost upon young audiences but with proper execution during a read aloud, the meaning would come across easily. The illustrations and characters are cute and engaging.

The supporting illustrations are colorful and engaging with the dramatic and funny expressions on the sea creatures' faces.

Some vocabulary may be a little difficult
Michele Reakes
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This story is about two friends-Peanut Butter, a sea horse, and Jellyfish, a jellyfish. They spend their days swimming around and discovering in their splendid ocean home. While on their adventures they need to pass by another ocean creature, Crabby. Crabby is not very nice, usually teasing them and saying mean things to them. One day the friends are swimming and Crabby is not on his rock. They hear faint sounds of crying ahead of them. It was Crabby! He is caught in a lobster trap and is being ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Krosoczka, Jarrett J. Peanut Butter and Jellyfish. PICTURE BOOK. Random House Children’s Books, 2014. $16.99.
This is a sweet story about two friends who encounter a bully while minding their own business. The friends try to ignore the bully and continue their activity. One day the bully gets in trouble and the two friends help him. All three eventually become good friends.
The story was great. The pictures were bright and fun. The message was important for all children and adults to read. Overa
Sara Grochowski
Peanut Butter and Jellyfish love being best friends and exploring their underwater home, but they don't love Crabby, who constantly heckles the two friends and tries to make them feel bad. When Crabby finds himself in trouble, the Peanut Butter and Jellyfish decide to do the right thing and help Crabby, despite his previous bad behavior and taunts. Crabby is thankful that the two would help him after how horrible he's acting and gathers the courage to apologize and tell Peanut Butter and Jellyfi ...more
Great Books
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ages-5-8
Life in the sea is idyllic for Peanut Butter, a seahorse, and his best friend Jellyfish except for their heckling neighbor, Crabby. Usually they ignore him but one day they hear sobbing instead of insults. Working together the two friends get Crabby out of trouble and find their greatest treasure on the ocean floor. Bright acrylic paintings in digital collages bring the story to life. Reviewer 6.

Rochelle Sondae
May 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Ages: 4 years and Up
Recommended to Rochelle by: BEA 2013
Shelves: picture-books
The little guy and I read 8 books the other day and this one was his favorite. He was rather curious as to what was going to happen to crab. As he is so keen on telling me that aliens are going to come and eat me, he and I discussed the multiple ways in which crab might meet his end. Several rather silly possibilities were discussed. As with the Thomas the Tank engine stories he also liked making the faces of the characters. Especially the grumpy (cross) ones.
Judi Paradis
Aug 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Adorable tale of two best underwater pals--Peanut Butter the seahorse and Jellyfish the, well you know. They are happy, innocent creatures who are plagued by a grouchy crab that criticizes everything they do. When the crab is caught in a fisherman's net, the friends don't celebrate--they help him escape, setting a great example of what good creatures do. A nice book about overcoming bullies, and being a great friend. Perfect for the K-2 set. And the illustrations are terrific! ...more
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the illustrations in this book! The collage of paint cut outs. The idea of painting a somewhat solid but texture color and then cutting it apart and piecing it back together is quite wonderful. It was very successful with the story as well! The textured effect of the paint really adds to the water in the story! The bright colors used add to the tropical aspect of where the story takes place.
Michele Knott
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I love when you really don't have expectations for a book and it ends up blowing you away. I loved the many messages in this book: don't let mean words hurt you, sometimes making the right choice is hard, saying sorry is sometimes the bravest thing to do, friendship is the greatest treasure. ...more
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Who wouldn't want to have friends like the sea creatures found in Peanut Butter and Jellyfish written and illustrated by Jarrett J. Krosoczka? They are cute, lighthearted and have a zest for life; even managing to crack ole' Crabby's shell of crankiness. They are heroes who don't know they are. Which in my book are the very best kinds.

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Amy Formanski Duffy
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Bullying might be an overdone topic right now, but this is a sweet, gentle introduction for the picture book crowd. Crabby is always yelling insults across the ocean floor to PB and J, but when they help him escape from a fisherman, Crabby is man enough to apologize. They all become buddies. Great message for little ones.
Tenille Shade
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Kindness counts. This is a story about a bully who finds belonging. I think all children would benefit from the powerful message about reaching out to those who are excluded and hurting. So glad Peanut Butter and Jellyfish were willing to rescue their tormentor. This would be a great book to read when discussing theme.
This is a great book about friendship and bullies and about always doing the right thing even when someone hasn't always been nice to you. Taking the high road is a great trait to instill in children. The illustrations are lovely, and the story is long enough to be interesting but not too long. ...more
Sunah Chung
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Peanut Butter and Jellyfish are best friends who spend their time exploring the ocean. However, their neighbor, Crabby, is mean to them by insulting their swim and making fun of them without clear reasons. One day, Peanut Butter and Jellyfish witness the moment Crabby is caught in the lobster trap. They bravely save Crabby’s life, and Crabby is brave enough to apologize for its mean manners to them.
The story is lovely and has a lot of advanced vocabulary that readers could learn while reading
Oct 08, 2017 added it
Shelves: chidren-s-lit
Peanut Butter and Jellyfish are best friends. They spend each day exploring the great, wide ocean together. They always have the best of times, but they can always count on Crabby the crab to be perched on his rock ready to ruin their fun. Each day, Crabby teases them and tries to say mean things in attempt to hurt Peanut Butter and Jellyfish's feelings. But when Crabby finds himself in some trouble, will Peanut Butter and Jellyfish help to save him? This story is about using kindness in
Taylor Varejcka
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it

Peanut Butter and Jellyfish are two best friends that love to explore all over their ocean home. But on their adventures, the lobster Crabby seems to always be mean to them. One day Crabby is caught in a lot of trouble and needs Peanut Butter and Jellyfish's help to get out of it. This book help us learn about kindness to others in any situation.


Write a journal entry explaining if you would have helped Crabby when he was in trouble? Why or why not? What is the importance of alwa
James Costello
Krosoczka, J. (2014). Peanut Butter and Jellyfish. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

This is a story about a seahorse and a jellyfish swimming along and exploring the ocean. Eventually they come across a crabby crab, who isn't very nice to the two friends. Later, they find that the crab isn't where he normally is and needs the friends' help. They determine whether or not they should help the mean crab.

Discussion: Would you help the crab who needs help? Why or why not?
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Peanut Butter and Jellyfish are best friends but constantly get picked on by Crabby. Then one day Crabby gets captured by some fishermen and PB&J come to his rescue. The illustrations are nice. The story is simple and gives the easily digestible moral of "people who bully you really are just jealous and may want to be your friend." I dunno about that but it is nice for little kids anyway. I personally would have rather seen Crabby get eaten by the fisherman. ...more
Dec 11, 2019 rated it liked it
A short but sweet tale of two friends who have a bully in their midst. But when push comes to shove and that bully needs their help, the two friends step up to help him. This is a nice book that may help younger readers understand that sometimes people act poorly because they are jealous or feel left out. And it also sets the example that just because somebody treats us poorly, it doesn't mean that we have to treat them the same way. ...more
Alyssa Santoro
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was a very cute book to show the story of friendship and that anyone can be friends even if they did not like each other in the beginning. I liked that the story had the one character that was jealous, get into some trouble and had to receive help from the other characters because they all became friends in the end and it shows that with some help, everyone can become friends and no one can be left out.
Ryan Poehler
May 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Here is a book about friendships, bullying, and doing the right thing. What I enjoyed about this story that's different than others is Crabby being brave enough to apologize for his hurtful behavior. There's also great examples of ignoring unwanted attention and being assertive. These are skills to talk with your child about during and after reading. ...more
Kathryn Bergeron
Summary: What will Peanut Butter and Jellyfish do when the mean crab is in trouble?

Why I Read This: An Aide chose it for me.

Review: Ok. This book is cute. A great piece of literature? No. But perfect for the purpose: yes. It uses its cute name and concept to teach a good message about love, forgiveness, and friendship.
Sep 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-book
Cute characters but I feel tired of the endless bully who gets traps and then rescued by the friendly main characters. It felt like I've heard this story over and over, and that this book doesn't bring anything new. I also didn't like that the writer perpetuates the moto "words don't hurt", as a way of protecting oneself from the bully's insults.

There is some positive teaching at the end of the book, as the bully learns to apologize and to explain that his behavior comes from a feeling of being
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Peanut Butter and Jellyfish are best of friends and they do everything together. A meany named Crabby is rude and unkind. When Crabby needs help Peanut Butter and Jellyfish do the right thing and help.
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Jarrett J. Krosoczka used to be a goofy kid that liked to draw. Now, he is a published author/illustrator with many books to his credit. Growing up in Worcester, MA Jarrett drew relentlessly and always had a cast of characters that he wrote stories for. In 9th grade, Jarrett won a contest with The Worcester Telegram & Gazett

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