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Peeny Butter Fudge

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  341 ratings  ·  86 reviews
Snuggle, snuggle.
Time to rest.
Nana joins us in her nest.

There is no one like Nana in the whole wide world. She is the best. Nana knows how to take an ordinary afternoon and make it extra special! Nap time, story time, and playtime are transformed by fairies, dragons, dancing, and pretending -- and then mixing and fixing yummy, yummy fudge just like Nana and Mommy d
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 15th 2009 by Simon Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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A sweet, lovely story that will also resonate in the nostalgia department for a lot of adults.

The story is that of children left with their Grandmother while Mom is gone for the day. In the opening illustration we see Mom has left a schedule (and menu) on the refrigerator. Nana, of course, makes sure the children are well-cared for but branches off into her own activities and food choices.

The entire story is about the special love and bond that exist between grandparents and grandchildren. With
Feb 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
Mom goes out for the day and leaves grandma in charge of the 3 kids, complete with instructions for the day. Needless to say, those directions get figuratively thrown out the window and they have a blast. Mom comes home, sees the house is a big mess and is temporarily annoyed until she sees that they've made peanut butter fudge and fondly reminisces her childhood. The end.

This story is told with loads of rhyme and repetition. The illustrations are cute, cartoony and brightly colored. But the be
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm surprised this book came with our curriculum kit and I didn't know Morrison wrote children's books. I loooove this story. It was something the kids related to and there were many opportunities for my students to make personal connections. Also love the illustration. ...more
The Library Lady
Oct 10, 2009 rated it it was ok
I didn't expect to be impressed by the text of this book--and I wasn't. Just because you're a big name writer of adult books doesn't mean you can write kids books--and Toni Morrison should stick to what she's good at.

What IS wonderful about this book are the exuberant pictures of white haired grandma (who is surprisingly spry for her apparent years)having a grand old time with her grandkids. And the final pages as mom comes back and discovers what the kids and Grandma have been up to are warm an
Nov 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My kids laughed their heads off at this true-to-life rhyming tale of a Grandma who blatantly ignores mom's schedule and does whatever she wants while babysitting.

Luckily, my kids have two loving, helpful Grandmas who love when I am not there so they can do things "the fun way."

The illustrations are hysterical and despite a language barrier with two of my kids, it was VERY obvious what was happening and the children related, and found it delightful.

We are going to try the recipe included for Pe
Sam Bloom
Oct 08, 2009 rated it it was ok
I'm really sort of starting to hate rhyming picture books; unless it is well-done, the rhymes can be really cloying and overly cutesy, like they are in this book. Sort of surprising, considering it's Toni Morrison, for crying out loud. ...more
Nov 02, 2009 rated it did not like it
The author obviously dialed-in this drivel. I composed better poetry in the 4th grade. Pass.
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It made me nostalgic about the days I spent with my grandmother as a child. I loved all of the spur of the moment fun and activities provided by their grandmother in this story.
Teonna Taylor
This rhyming book tells of the activities and fun three children and their grandmother have while their mother is at work.
Ashley Pascual
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: heartwarming
Peeny Butter Fudge is a book about these grandchildren spending the day with their grandmothers. The book shows the reader what the grandchildren and grandmothers do together while their other is at work. From having nap time to solving a puzzle together, this book showcases how much of a good time everyone is having. The author does a great job of showcasing the love the kids have for their grandmother and shows how the bond they have together is one that will last forever. I enjoyed looking at ...more
Marlisa Leechelle
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: child-lit
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Jen Kohel
Book Title: Peeny Butter Fudge
Author/Illustrator: Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison, Illustrated by Joe Cepeda
Reading Level: 2.6
Book Level: K-3
Book Summary: Nana babysits her three grandkids, while their mother goes out. Mother leaves a schedule of events for the day, but it appears Nana has different plans for the day. Many adventures to be had and peanut butter fudge to be made!
Bookshelf Genre: Multicultural Literature
Bookshelf Mentor Writing Traits:
Conventions: This story is a bilingual stor
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
Challenges: Reading Goal Posts/21 in 2021 - Project Two/Reading Toni Morrison (Black History Month). A nice rhyming story about the special bond between grandchildren and grandparents. Parents, caring daily for the good of their children, sometimes forget the pleasures and fun of childhood. This book shows how we are playful in youth and playful as elders and how a grandmother can give everyone a vacation from everyday norms to experience the magic that life can hold. Colorful illustrations rend ...more
Eve Schortgen
Apr 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Toni Morrison tells the story of Slade and his Nana. Now Nana, she is not quite like everybody else. She might just be the nicest, craziest lady in the world. She knows how to tell the best stories about fairies and dragons, and she always finds a way to make the world a little more exciting. Most of all, Slade loves making fudge with his Nana.
This is a beautiful story about family. Slade, Morrison's son, believes that his Nana might just be the best lady in the world. The fact that this is bas
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed Peeny Butter Fudge by Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison.

My bookclub is reading a Toni Morrison book for September 2019 and this was one of her books that I choose to read. It is a typical children's picture book with great illustrations and a wonderful story. The story is about a grandmother and her grandchildren and the fun things they do.

I would highly recommend Peeny Butter Fudge to readers who like: well written and illustrated children's picture books.
Jo Oehrlein
Nov 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Grandma's watching the kids today!
Mama leaves instructions, but Grandma takes them as general guidelines.
Lots of fun ensues, including a supper that doesn't match the menu at all.
The last thing that happens is making a batch of peanut butter fudge that absolutely destroys the kitchen.
Mom comes home to a mess and kids who should be in bed and aren't.
She remembers making this with her mom and doesn't get upset.
Kaitlyn Konsmo
I loved the energy and excitement of this book. The kids were having so much fun with their grandma, and the illustrations and rhyme brought this to life. It would be a fun read with grandparents, and I think it is very relatable.

Guided Reading: N/A (estimated F)
ATOS: 1.7
Six Traits: Voice, Presentation
Amy Oberts
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Peeny Butter Fudge" is a multi-generational tale that is sure to entertain young listeners/readers. Its engaging rhymes and captivating illustrations--along with the relatable joy that comes from being spoiled by one's grandma--makes this book a joy to read aloud. ...more
This book tells what happens with mom leaves grandma in charge despite a detailed list of what is to be done that day. It goes through the day the children have with their grandmother making memories and doing fun things. This book had some cute illustrations that showed what happens when grandma comes. Overall I felt that it was not as well written as some of the other books I have read. It did really show how much love and energy came into the home when grandma was there and how much fun she w ...more
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In an attempt to complete my reading challenge while staying relatively sane, I've decided to read some old board books that I loved when I was younger.

This is one of them. I loved this book so much, and made the recipe a handful of times. So sweet, funny rhymes, great book.
A grandmother babysits for her grandchildren. Ignoring most of the instructions left to her, she and her grandchildren have a grand time, and end the evening making peeny butter fudge (which has a family history).
Amy the book-bat
This was cute. It was fun that the grandmother kind of did her own thing rather than stick to the mother's strict schedule while watching the children. I also liked that there was a recipe for the fudge included at the end. ...more
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fun, fun story moved by fascinating rhythm!
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was so sweet and beautiful it almost tugged some tears out of me. A loving culturally relevant text for our young African-American readers.
Beth P
Jun 27, 2018 added it
Happy story of Nana and the grandkids having fun together. Rhyming book with just a few spots where rhythm seems tricky.
Feb 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-lit-toddler, poc
I like both the rhymes and the pictures, but they don't correspond well enough to earn 4 stars. ...more
Karla Winick-Ford
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kids loved it
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Pretty illustrations

The illustrations are fun. The rhymes don’t land well and there isn’t a story; it’s a series of separate pages.
Oct 10, 2019 added it
Yes, I read this today.
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cute book of a nana and her grands having a cute fun night !
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Toni Morrison (born Chloe Ardelia Wofford) was an American author, editor, and professor who won the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature for being an author "who in novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import, gives life to an essential aspect of American reality."

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