Peanut Goes for the Gold

Peanut Goes for the Gold
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March 31, 2020
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Jonathan Van Ness, the star of Netflix’s hit show Queer Eye, brings his signature humor and positivity to his empowering first picture book, inspiring readers of all ages to love being exactly who they are.

Peanut Goes for the Gold is a charming, funny, and heartfelt picture book that follows the adventures of Peanut, a gender nonbinary guinea pig who does everything with their own personal flare.

Peanut just has their own unique way of doing things. Whether it’s cartwheeling during basketball practice or cutting their own hair, this little guinea pig puts their own special twist on life. So when Peanut decides to be a rhythmic gymnast, they come up with a routine that they know is absolutely perfect, because it is absolutely, one hundred percent Peanut.

This upbeat and hilarious picture book, inspired by Jonathan’s own childhood guinea pig, encourages children to not just be themselves—but to boldly and unapologetically love being themselves.

Jonathan Van Ness brings his signature message of warmth, positivity, and self-love to this boldly original picture book that celebrates the joys of being true to yourself and the magic that comes from following your dreams.

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light-hearted and delightful read about embracing yourself and reaching for the stars
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PEANUT GOES FOR THE GOLD is a cute picture book about following your dreams and being true to yourself. Peanut, the non-binary guinea pig, always does things their own way- with plenty of finesse. One day, Peanut decides that they will be a rhythmic gymnast and begins the process of training with help from their family. Dad helps make their costume, Mom helps to choreograph, and Sammy helps with the music. Peanut trains until they get to the big day and enter the competition.

What I loved: Peanut's story is fantastic. Peanut's personality shines through the pages, and I love how bold and confident they were. The gender non-binary distinction is also a nice plus, as representation is very important. I also love how Dad helped to make the costume, and the whole family helps Peanut achieve their goals.

The amount of text was perfect, and the illustrations are full of color and detail that complement the storyline perfectly. This is a really fun read that children will definitely enjoy! The whole book is very positive and encouraging. Effort/hard work and confidence pay off in this adorable story about the guinea pig who excelled at rhythmic gymnastics!

Final verdict: A celebration of embracing yourself and working towards your goals, PEANUT GOES FOR THE GOLD is a delightful, light-hearted, and encouraging read.
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