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Penelope Anne Cole enjoys writing children’s stories to be read aloud. “Reading to children is the best way to help them love literature.” Ms. Cole has taught and tutored at every grade level, K to 12, and community college. She also reviews children's books. When not writing or reviewing children’s books, Ms. Cole enjoys dog walking, reading, gardening, church, and choir activities. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a member of the California Writers Club:  Fremont Area Writers, SF Peninsula Writers, and South Bay Writers, and is a Reading Therapist with Read America. Ms. Cole reviews books at


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Monday, July 2, 2012

One Large Peanut Butter Sandwich to Go by Linda Derkez

In One Large Peanut Butter Sandwich to Go, Linda Derkez has written a book parents and teachers will happily appreciate.  Scotty has a bad habit of walking around with his food and leaving crumbs everywhere.  Mom wants to teach him it’s best to eat at the table, and tries a new strategy.  When he asks if he can walk with his peanut butter sandwich, she asks him where he’ll take it.  Then she conjures up images of every person along the way wanting a bite of Scotty’s sandwich.  He finally decides to eat it at the table -- so he can have it all to himself.

David Fielding’s art illustrates Linda Derkez’s story in an appealing “crayon” style that children will love.  Scotty’s crumb-spilling days end because of Mom’s clever “what if” suggestions to change his behavior.  Paired with David Fielding’s vibrant pictures, we see what Scotty imagines will happen when he walks his sandwich to Dad’s clinic.

This is a fun story that kids will want to see and hear again and again.  The lesson Mom wants to teach Scotty will come across loud and clear.  Thanks to Linda Derkez and David Fielding for a fun and colorful story.

Available from Guardian Angel Publishing, http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com.


  1. what a clever idea to teach kids about seating down to eat. Kudos to Linda! Thanks for sharing the review.

    Nicole Weaver
    Trilingual Children's Author

    1. Hi Nicole, thanks for your comments. I do like books that teach as well as entertain. Blessings.

  2. Hi Penelope, I could have blogged this review another day if I had known you were posting today. I guess it's a great day for Linda and David and The Large Peanut Butter Sandwich to Go. Thanks for your support, and the great review of this cute book.

    1. HI Susan, Yes, we both want to help and seem to be choosing the same days. Thanks so much for all you do.

  3. Well written review. Drat. I only wanted to buy one GAP book this month.

  4. Hi Susan, I know the feeling. There are lots to choose from, aren't there? Thanks for your comments. Blessings.

  5. I just love the title of that book. Makes me want to go make a pb sandwich. :) Thanks for letting us know about this book!

    1. Thanks, Margo. It's a cute, fun book! Thanks again for your comments.

  6. Getting the attention of the student for a long time is not possible now a days. So we must have san activity based learning. Books like this helps us to teach in a fun loving way. Thank yoou for sharing such aa good idea with all.