Viking. (Peanut, Butter, and C­rackers: Bk. 2). Jun. 2021. 96p. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9780593117460.
K-Gr 3–Dogs Peanut and Butter and their feline friend Crackers are back for a second graphic novel volume full of domesticated adventures. Now that Peanut the puppy is settled into his new home, it’s time for him to go to doggy school, but trying to become a good dog is hard work, especially when the bullies of the Littles group target him for being the new kid. Both Crackers and Butter want to help him, but Crackers has to figure out how to get from the Middles to the Littles, and Butter, who’s still at home, needs to sneak into the canine-filled facility. Readers will enjoy seeing how much the fur siblings care for one another, as well as their different approaches to resolving Peanut’s problem. The artwork is colorful and cartoonish, with panels focusing mostly on the animals. Although humans make intermittent appearances, only a hand or pair of legs are visible, immersing readers into the world of pets.
VERDICT Young readers are sure to relate to Peanut’s experience of going to school for the first time and his attempts to fit in. Bound to be a hit with young pet lovers.

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