Peanut Butter and Brains


  • Peanut Butter and Brains
  • written¬†by Joe McGee
  • illustrated by Charles Santoso
  • published by Abrams¬†Books (2015)
  • Roar Score: 5/5

Kids’ zombie books rarely disappoint, and this one is just adorable. Cute zombies? Who can refuse? Cute zombies with a penchant for PB&J? Sold.

Peanut Butter and Zombies, you basically had me with your title.

Reginald isn’t quite like the other zombies. While they all shuffle around Quirkville looking for brainssssss, Reginald just wants a gooey peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Who can blame him? They’re WAY tastier than brains, believe me.

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Reginald tries to champion the merits of sticky peanut butter over sticky brains, but none of the other brainless (ha, get it?) zombies will listen to him.

Enter little Abigail Zink with her oversized glasses and lunch bag. The horde wants her brains. Reginald wants her lunch.

Joe McGee delivers a charming tale about staying true to yourself and not being a mindless follower. It’s okay to be different. And what better way to convey that than with zombies? Brilliant.

Charles Santoso’s art, as I’ve said, is adorable. I want to see more books with Reginald and Abigail as protagonists. Maybe they could team up and solve problems. Or fight crime. Yeah, a cute crime-fighting zombie. Run with that.

Photo Sep 03, 3 30 24 PM(Disclosure: I was provided with a review copy of this book. All opinions remain my own.)

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