The Best Peanut Butter Sandwich in the Whole World


32 pages
ISBN 0-88753-207-1
DDC jC813'.54





Illustrations by Katherine Helmer
Reviewed by Adèle Ashby

Adиle Ashby, a library consultant, is the former editor of Canadian Materials for Schools and Libraries.


Billy loves peanut butter sandwiches, so his mother decides that he
should learn how to make his own. He decides to make the best one in the
whole world. To create it, he takes his wagon and visits the bakery, the
dairy, and the health food store to bring home whole wheat bread, fresh
butter and peanut butter, and honey. Returning home, he creates the best
peanut butter sandwich in the whole world and proves that by eating it.
He is then visited by the baker, the clerks from the dairy, and the
health food store workers, who have come for lunch.

While the creation of a favorite food has great storytelling potential,
this is a pedestrian story told in pedestrian language (one sentence is
actually printed twice) with illustrations in which the human beings
lack expression. One last quibble: this peanut butter sandwich lover
would never dream of buttering the bread first!


MacLean, Bill., “The Best Peanut Butter Sandwich in the Whole World,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 23, 2024,