“Buzzeo has written a timely book on the underrated power of libraries and mutual aid. Hoang’s delicate use of colored pencil and watercolor gives the tale an endearing and pleasant touch. A charming, intergenerational story of compassion, creativity, and community.” —Kirkus

“Straightforward familial action, the young narrator’s compassion, and Pa’s flexibility (“Sometimes, you just need to switch things up”) give listeners plenty to engage with.” —Publishers Weekly

Generosity and community spirit abound in Buzzeo’s picture book about a boy and his grandfather working to nourish their neighborhood in mind and body. Hoang’s watercoloresque illustrations are charmingly childlike and capture the sweetness of the grandfather and grandson’s close relationship.” —Booklist

This is a delightful book for early readers on nutrition. The illustrations were fun with pictures of the fruits and vegetables mixed with doodles to animate the food and keep your attention.” —YA Books Central

“A story of a kindness as boy and his grandpa who work together to bring a Little Free Pantry to their neighborhood. Jelly Bean’s thoughtfulness about how the food should be placed, his willingness to donate his favorite snack, and his dedication to helping his neighbors are a sweet inspiration to young readers who may want to start their own Little Free Pantries. Buzzeo’s attentive writing with Hoang’s soft illustrations invite young readers into the story that will spark community love.” —Tildy Lutts, Staff Favorites, Belmont Books

Awards & Honors:

  •  Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection