Are you a cheeseburger?
Book - 2021
Grub is a lonely raccoon rumbling in the trash for food. Seed is a seed patiently waiting in the trash, hoping someone will plant it. When the two finally meet, they realize they might be able to help each other! Grub wonders what Seed will grow, and is hoping it's Grub's favorite food, mouthwatering cheeseburgers.
- Picture books for children
New York, NY :
Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
- First edition
- Physical Description
- 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
- Main Author
Grub the raccoon meets Seed the seed one night while rooting through a garbage can. Seed is waiting for someone to plant him. On the hopeful chance that Seed will grow into a hamburger plant, Grub plants Seed immediately, and then they wait. Grub keeps Seed faithful company from moonrise to moonset until Seed finally blooms. It's not what they had expected, and not even what they hoped, but flowers are special, too. Maybe even as special as a cheeseburger. This is a sweet tale of slow-blossoming friendship and unconditional acceptance, of celebrating differences and being gentle with others. The story and its quirky characters are highly original and use excellent dialogue, positioned on the page with thoughtful and theatrical placement. The use of color in a mostly nocturnal book is particularly skillful, culminating in a glorious rose-colored sunrise, and the illustrations present delightful layers of imaginative, whimsical joy—from the most adorable Seed-bottom to a raccoon playing the banjo and dreaming of donut bushes and pizza blossoms. Preschool-Grade 2. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews
While foraging in a garbage can, a raccoon named Grub meets glowing green Seed, who has bright black eyes and a knowing smile. Seed, who is hoping to get planted, isn't in a hurry to dissuade Grub of the notion that Seed could eventually grow into his favorite food, a "very good and very special" cheeseburger. But what starts as a relationship of mutual expediency deepens as Grub keeps watch on the patch of ground where Seed is nestled. Arnaldo's (Time for Bed's Story) witty mixed-media drawings keep readers slightly off-balance—in a good way—through their mix of real and fanciful elements and varying compositional tactics as the two exchange stories and deepen their bond: "Grub told Seed about the top three cheeseburgers he had ever eaten.... Seed told Grub about all the interesting things he saw down in the earth." When Seed pops through the ground and blossoms into a flower, Grub's face is the very picture of thwarted expectations—until he realizes how much the friendship means to him. There's a lot of profundity within these whimsical pages—about growing up, overcoming disappointment through acceptance, and valuing relationships over personal needs—which should plant some hearty seeds of conversation for readers of all ages. Ages 4–8. Agent: Alexandra Levick, Writers House. (June) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.Review by School Library Journal Reviews
PreS-K—Refreshingly novel for its unexpected duo of characters, Arnaldo's digitally illustrated story about a budding friendship between a raccoon and a plant seed will amuse young listeners. Grub the raccoon roots through a trash can for his dinner, only to find a curious, green Seed asking to be planted in the ground. With the fervent hope that Seed will become a cheeseburger plant, Grub cares for him as he sprouts. Grub has never had cheeseburgers before, deeming them "very good and very special," a handy but subtle metaphor that ultimately reflects the idea of friendship and often pops into the duo's simple, sometimes silly, conversations. Interpreting such an unembellished message in the story amid the action and creative visuals may require discussion to help reveal how the time Grub and Seed spend growing a special friendship, rather than cheeseburgers, holds the greater value. Arnaldo makes productive use of negative space and crafts different perspectives panel by panel to set the pace of the text and animate her characters; however, insights into Grub and Seed's emotions are limited, with exception to the conclusive revelation. VERDICT A delightfully quirky tale about an uncommon pairing of characters that offers light humor and guileless dialogue as they learn to treasure their blossoming friendship.—Rachel Mulligan, Westampton, NJ Copyright 2021 School Library Journal.
"Grub is a lonely raccoon. Rumbling in the trash. Looking for food. Seed is, well, a seed! Patiently waiting in the trash. Hoping someone will plant it. When the two finally meet, they realize they might be able to help each other! Grub has just one big question first: What will Seed grow? Could Seed grow Grub's favorite food, mouthwatering cheeseburgers? Seed isn't sure what a cheeseburger is exactly, but . . . maybe! And so begins a hilarious friendship following two unlikely strangers learning more about the other and discovering the pressure that comes with fulfilling expectations"--Review by Publisher Summary 2
A Kids' Indie Next List pick! Laugh-out-loud humor and a tender friendship blossom in author-illustrator Monica Arnaldo’s charming picture book about a lonely raccoon and a glowing seed, and the world’s most important question: Can this seed grow cheeseburgers? Grub is a lonely racoon. Rumbling in the trash. Looking for food.Seed is, well, a seed! Patiently waiting in the trash. Hoping someone will plant it. When the two finally meet, they realize they might be able to help each other! Grub has just one big question first: What will Seed grow? Could Seed grow Grub’s favorite food, mouthwatering cheeseburgers? Seed isn’t sure what a cheeseburger is exactly, but . . . maybe!And so begins a hilarious friendship following two unlikely strangers learning more about the other and discovering the pressure that comes with fulfilling expectations. Author-illustrator Monica Arnaldo will leave readers giggling and clamoring for more in this charming story that celebrates the unexpected—and how the most special friendships bloom only when we are unapologetically ourselves.