What are peanuts? Are they peas or are they nuts? Do they grow above or below ground? Who invented peanut butter? In the same spirit as his award-winning The Life and Times of the Honeybee, Charles Micucci explores one of America's favorite and most enigmatic snack foods. This fascinating picture book, with its concise, detailed text and abundant illustrations, ranging from the humorous to the scientific, offers a spirited introduction to the life cycle, many uses, and historical influences of the peanut. Micucci's rare gift for making any subject engaging and accessible is again revealed in this truly witty, rich salute to the peanut.