Peeny butter fudge

Toni Morrison

Book - 2009

Children spend the day with their grandmother, who ignores their mother's carefully planned schedule in favor of activities that are much more fun.

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Stories in rhyme
Picture books
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers ©2009.
1st ed
Item Description
"A Paula Wiseman book."
Includes a recipe for Peeny butter fudge.
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Main Author
Toni Morrison (-)
Other Authors
Slade Morrison (-), Joe Cepeda (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

A day spent at Grandma's is the subject here—and as the four madly grinning faces on the cover suggest, it's a total lovefest. Mom drops her three kids off at the pink-walled abode along with a list of detailed instructions. These edicts are gleefully ignored as Nana takes her grandkids through sack races, fake doctor visits, dancing, and finally the cooking of some peeny butter fudge. The couplets are conversational, though occasionally they barely rhyme ("Peeny butter fudge, / peeny butter fudge. / Mommy's coming any minute. / Quick, quick. Let's begin it."). The rhythms, meanwhile, often change mid-stanza without much notice. Thankfully, Cepeda's oil-paint illustrations are a perfect mix of earthy and boisterous, using blocky, askew shapes and almost neon coloring to portray both the mystery and clutter of Nana's house. It seems a slight offering until the powerful ending, where disapproving Mom is reminded of her own youth by the smell of the fudge. The concluding recipe gives families a chance to adopt Nana's tradition. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

"12:00 Lunch, 1:15 Nap, 2:25 Playground..." read Mama's instructions, posted to the fridge. But when three children spend the afternoon with Nana, the schedule is forgotten. No TV for them: it's stories ("Fairies, dragons everywhere./ Creepy things under the stairs"), potato sack races, dancing to music from a record player and making "peeny butter fudge" (recipe included). The only moment of doubt occurs when Mama comes home to find three fudge-splattered children and a wreck of a kitchen. But the smell of fudge triggers a mental photograph of Mama making fudge as a child ("My mother taught me," Nana tells the children, "and I taught yours"), and the story ends with a hug. Cepeda's (Mice and Beans) smudgy, intensely colored paintings keep the action moving and convey a house overflowing with warmth. The Morrisons' (The Book of Mean People) slant rhyme text is occasionally slapdash ("Peeny butter, peeny butter/ Nana is the best grandmother"), but versifying rules are for grownups. This is a vision of family life that many kids, rushed from soccer practice to violin lessons, will regard with envy. Ages 4–8. (Sept.) [Page 61]. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 2—When Mom leaves her three children with their exuberant Nana, they play games, hop about in potato sacks, and dance under the chandelier. They also have lunch: "Yummy, lummy. Yummy, lummy./So much happy in the tummy./Look at what our nana made us:/biscuits, ham, and lemonade-us." Their messy fun is apparent as Mom returns while they are making peanut butter fudge. This spirited African-American family is joyfully portrayed in bright oil-paint spreads. Chocolate covers their clothing, food splatters the floor, and the cat peers down from the top of the refrigerator, the freezer door open. The irregular rhymes energize the brief poems, highlighting the love displayed from generation to generation when Grandma shares the cherished family recipe. "My mother taught me,/and I taught yours./Don't ever forget how it's done,/for you will have to pass it on." A scene in which Mom recalls making the dessert when she was a child features wavy lines and muted shades of blue. The illustrations extend the narrative, adding humor and warmth to this offering.—Meg Smith, Cumberland County Public Library, Fayetteville, NC [Page 130]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Children spend the day with their grandmother, who ignores their mother's carefully planned schedule in favor of activities that are much more fun.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Even though Mom leaves behind detailed instructions for Nana, the grandmother and the kids have a different idea--dance time, story time, nap time, and fudge-making time--in a book that includes the Nobel Prize-winning coauthor's top-secret family fudge recipe.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

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 did not so many years ago.... Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison and her son Slade tell a story of what really goes on when Nana is left in charge!