The Peanut-Free Cafe


All the students at Nutley School love peanut butter, especially Simon. For Simon, peanut butter is essential. But then new student, Grant comes to school. Grant is allergic to peanut butter and can’t sit near anyone eating it. Should the principal forbid peanut butter in the cafeteria? What will the students of Nutley School do if they can’t have peanut butter for lunch? Simon comes up with a clever idea. The school can have a peanut-free café! It will be a fun place to eat and watch movies, where the only admission is a peanut-free lunch. The other students gladly give up their peanut-butter lunches to be in the new café with Grant, but can Simon give up the food he loves the most?

  • 32 Pages
  • 10.75" x 8.5"
  • 9780807563878
  • July 2012

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  • Allergies to peanuts can kill and Koster and Cocca-Leffler demonstrate these dangers with brightness and feeling, using Simon and his multicultural classmates as foils because, guess what their favorite lunch food is…The final note comes from the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute, an appropriate end for the only bibliotherapeutic book about peanut allergies. An attractive package with a heavy mission that manages to keep its balance.

    - Kirkus Reviews

  • Although an appended note explains the life-threatening allergies in more detail, all relevant information is included in the child-friendly text, and zippy cartoon illustrations in boldly brushed and hued paints set the tone of a lively story rather than an earnest health lesson.

    - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

  • The story addresses several important topics, all with a lighthearted touch. Cocca-Leffler’s humorous and exuberant illustrations make the book fun. An informative and colorful selection, told in a nonthreatening way that kids will relate to.

    - School Library Journal

  • Many kids know how deadly a peanut allergy can be (1 in 20 are affected.) This story brings the situation home and provides some welcome information for those unfamiliar with the malady…The cartoon-style art is fun, with some moments of exaggerated drama, as when Grant demonstrates what would happen to him if he ate just one peanut.

    - Booklist

Awards & Accolades

  • 2008-2009 Show Me Readers Award Preliminary List (Missouri)


    Maryann Cocca-Leffler

    Common Core

    RL.K-1.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9 SL.K.1a,1b,2,3,4,5 SL.1.1a,1b,1c,2,3,4,5


    • Accelerated Reader Points: 0.50
    • ATOS Level: 3.80