Peanut Butter & Brains (Hardcover)

A Zombie Culinary Tale

By Joe McGee, Charles Santoso (Illustrator)

Abrams Books for Young Readers, 9781419712470, 32pp.

Publication Date: August 11, 2015

List Price: 16.95*
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Reginald isn’t like the other zombies who shuffle through Quirkville, scaring the townspeople and moaning for BRAINSSSSS! The only thing Reginald’s stomach rumbles for is sticky peanut butter and sweet jelly. He tries to tell his zombie pals that there’s more to life than eating brains, but they’re just not interested. Will Reginald find a way to bring peace to Quirkville and convince the other zombies that there’s nothing better than PB&J?

Debut author Joe McGee and up-and-coming illustrator Charles Santoso have created a delicious tale about being true to yourself that will make readers hungry for more.

About the Author

Joe McGee holds an MFA in writing for children and young adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. His fiction and poetry have been published in both print and online journals, and he is the author of Peanut Butter & Brains. He lives in Frenchtown, New Jersey.

Charles Santoso is a concept artist and illustrator currently living in Singapore. His work has been exhibited in North America, Australia, and France.

Praise For Peanut Butter & Brains: A Zombie Culinary Tale

"Santoso’s ink-and-watercolor drawings..strike a successful silly-scary balance...Striking a reportorial tone, newcomer McGee gets substantial comic mileage out of repeating the word 'brains'—or 'brainsssss,' as it’s evocatively spelled at several points."

— Publishers Weekly

"Run, don't shamble, to get this original zombie tale."

— Kirkus Reviews

"The illustrations’ rounded shapes and pastel watercolor washes portray zombies who are more cute than scary, and full of personality. Signs and balloons with images of brains inside cleverly communicate the zombies’ food preferences in a nonverbal way."

— The Horn Book Magazine