Peanut Butter Press Children Books Review and Giveaway ~ CAN 08/11

| July 10, 2014 | 44 Comments

Peanut Butter Press Books. Photo by I Tell Stories

Peanut Butter Press Books. Photo by I Tell Stories

Peanut Butter Press is a Manitoba-based publisher of children’s books and I am pleased to have the chance to write these four reviews. The books provided to me for this review are just a sample of the variety offered through Peanut Butter Press. Please take a moment to check out their website to see all of their titles.

To set the scene, my daughter and I played “Library” and “School” while we read these books. My daughter loves reading and was a fan of all four books.  She also informed me that her stuffed turtle, teddy bear and seal liked the books as well. So, they appeal to children and their stuffed animal friends alike!

"Itty BittyBits". Photo by I Tell Stories

“Itty BittyBits”. Photo by I Tell Stories

Itty Bitty Bits was written by Anita Daher and illustrated by Wendy Bailey. It tells the story of Molly, who wants to invite her friend Yen for a sleepover, but according to her mother, she can’t have a sleepover until her room is clean. She tries to enlist the help of her family members, before learning an important lesson from an ant – any job can be done if you do it “itty bitty bit by itty bitty bit.”  After we read this story, Mary went around cleaning her playroom “itty bitty bit by itty bitty bit”, so it was a double-win in this house. Now how young is too young to start her on doing laundry?

"Who Wants This Puppy?". Photo by I Tell Stories

“Who Wants This Puppy?”. Photo by I Tell Stories

Who Wants This Puppy? was written by Pat Ternovetsky and illustrated by Zane Belton, who was only seven years old when he did the drawings. This story is from Max’s point of view as he transitions from living on the farm with his mother and siblings, to becoming a Christmas present for a family that doesn’t take good care of him and abandons him at a shelter. Finally, Max is adopted by a family that understands the responsibility involved in having a dog and how important it is for pets to be treated well and given lots of attention.  This story should be read by anyone considering getting a dog. Seeing the situation through the dog’s eyes was heartbreaking at times, but satisfying when Max found the right home for him. Mary loved playing the “Spot the Paw Print” game!

"Freddie's Problem". Photo by I Tell Stories.

“Freddie’s Problem”. Photo by I Tell Stories.

Freddie’s Problem was written by Resa Ostrove and illustrated by Jason Doll. It tells the tale of an impulsive frog who ate too many flies and suffered for it. Freddie visits friend after friend trying to get advice on how to deal with his gas problem. I liked the variety of text and illustration placement in this one and the bright and funny pictures that inspired other lively frog and animal stories from Mary when it was her turn to “read” the book.

"That's What Bears Are For". Photo by I Tell Stories

“That’s What Bears Are For”. Photo by I Tell Stories

That’s What Bears Are For was written by Marilyn Helmer and illustrated by Sonia Nadeau. In this story, Jenny and her mother find Bear in the attic. Unfortunately for Bear, a very affectionate creature, Jenny’s mother decided to place Bear on the shelf with Jenny’s other “special toys” – things that are fragile and shouldn’t be played with. The other toys on the shelf, like a doll from Spain, are happy to be out of reach, but Bear works doggedly to get to Jenny for hugs and cuddles. Because that’s what Bears are for! Mary was thrilled with the fact that Jenny in the story “looked like her.”

These books, each illustrated beautifully, would be a fun addition to any family library and I encourage you to check out Peanut Butter Press to order your own copies or to view the other books available.

Have any of you read any of these titles before? Which children’s book is your all-time favourite?

Disclaimer: I have been compensated with products for writing this post. All opinions are honest and are my own.

 Peanut Butter Press Children Books Giveaway

Peanut Butter Press Books. Photo by I Tell Stories

Peanut Butter Press Books. Photo by I Tell Stories


Enter to Win these 4 children books from Peanut Butter Press Books (value $50):

  • Freddie’s Problem
  • Who Wants This Puppy?
  • Itty Bitty Bits
  • That’s What Bears Are For

Giveaway ends on Monday August 11th, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST.

Good luck!

Rules: Open to Canadian residents 18 +. You have 48 hours to reply by email once you are notified as the winner. If you don’t, we will draw another entry. Prize is non-transferable. No substitution or cash equivalent of prizes is permitted. The selected winner must correctly answer a mathematical question in order to win the prize mentioned above. The Ottawa Mommy Club is not responsible for prize fulfillment and for the delivery/shipment of the prize(s) mentioned above.For our complete set of rules, please click here.

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Samantha lives in Stittsville with her husband, Jon, and their daughter, Mary. Samantha works full-time for the federal government and also enjoys writing part-time, including as a writer for Ottawa Parenting Times Magazine. Feel free to check out her website – and follow her on Twitter @I_Tell_Stories

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  1. Monique L.S. says:

    “That’s What Bears Are For” looks like a nice story that my daughter will enjoy.

  2. kathy downey says:

    I love love to read I Know My Grandma Loves Me to my grand-daughter,thanks

  3. Meagan says:

    I’d like to read Whose Trees are These?

  4. andie says:

    I think my kids would like: “Airplanes in the Garden: Monarch Butterflies.”

  5. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    I’d like Would Someone Please Answer the Parrot!

  6. Maegan Morin says:

    Airplanes in the Garden looks like a really cute book!

  7. Amy C says:

    Airplanes in the Garden sounds interesting.

  8. May says:

    I think Itty Bitty Bits would be nice!

  9. Judy C (Judy Cowan) says:

    Airplanes in the Garden since we are big into butterflies this year. This is the first I have heard of these books, they look like they have some great ones!

  10. Victoria Ess says:

    I would like to read Who wants this puppy.

  11. kristen visser says:

    That’s What Bears Are For! looks absolutely adorable and perfect for my daughter

  12. KD says:

    I haven’t read any of these. I don’t have an all-time favourite book, but my all-time favourite author is Richard Scarry!

  13. Darwin says:

    I would like to read The Windplane Man to my kids.

  14. danielle t says:

    Freddie’s problem

  15. Laura says:

    Mary’s Atlas: Mary Meets Ontario – looks like a fun way to talk about our local geography!

  16. Crystal Englot says:

    I think my son would love Would Someone Please Answer the Parrot!

  17. Sarah says:

    That’s what bears are for!

  18. Rene says:

    Why Penny Loves Peanuts! Anything with recipes is a winner for my kids.

  19. Heidi C. says:

    That’s What Bears Are For looks very cute!

  20. tennille says:

    Mary’s Atlas, Ontario would be a great gift for my niece

  21. Fan R says:

    We like Airplanes in the Garden.

  22. jan says:

    Whose Trees Are These

  23. angela m says:

    I would love to read the That’s What Bears Are For to my kids

  24. My four year olds would love all the books but my kids love frogs so Freddie Problem would be a hit.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

  25. Karine says:

    Itty bitty bits :)!

  26. I think “That’s What Bears Are For” would be great.

  27. Brandi Y. says:

    We would most love to read Who Wants this Puppy?

  28. Angela Mitchell says:

    I think my kids would really enjoy Airplanes in the Garden.

  29. Ms Margaret Ann MacKenzie says:

    I think my little guy would love “Freddie’s Problem”.

  30. Piroska says:

    I’d love to read Itty Bitty Bits to my grand-daughter.

  31. Bailey Dexter says:

    I would love to read the book of I Know My Grandma Loves Me to my granddaughter!

  32. Cate B says:

    Both of my kids sleep with bears, so fittingly we would choose “That’s What Bears Are For”

  33. Viv Sluys says:

    I would really like to read Itty Bitty Bits to my daughters. I wonder if it would help them to clean their rooms!

  34. Margaret MacKenzie says:

    My little guy wold love Freddie’s Problem.

  35. Suzie M says:

    Freddies Problem would be a great one

  36. katy emanuel says:

    Would love to read Freddie’s Problem with my daughter. I think she would get a few good laughs out of it.

  37. Michelle B says:

    The Windplane Man would be a book that would grab my son’s interest.

  38. Florence C says:

    I know my Grandma loves me

  39. Kathryn says:

    Who wants this puppy

  40. Would love to read “who wants this puppy?” to the kids. Love animals!

  41. Julie G. says:

    “Wilson Do You See IT” would be fun to read to my granddaughter.

  42. Stacey Roberson says:

    I would love to read Airplanes in the Garden and The Windplane Man to my little guy.

  43. Tracey says:

    Freddy’s problem, looks like my boys would like it!

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