"A tale of 'to-go' food that is good for you! . . . Kearney's illustrations kick butter, with full command of the story's arc.. . . Teachers and students alike will delight in this food fight. Who will be the winner? Readers will be hungry to find out." -- Kirkus Reviews
The race is ON! Who will win the tastiest food fight ever? A thoroughly delicious picture book about the funniest "food fight" ever! Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast have a beautiful friendship--until they discover that there's ONLY ONE DROP of maple syrup left. Off they go, racing past the Orange Juice Fountain, skiing through Sauerkraut Peak, and reeling down the linguini. But who will enjoy the sweet taste of victory? And could working together be better than tearing each other apart? The action-packed rhyme makes for an adrenaline-filled breakfast . . . even without a drop of coffee!
What initially looks like a cozy refrigerator tete-a-tete quickly becomes a no-holds-barred competition as Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast race through a landscape of leftovers as they try to secure the last drop of maple syrup. Newcomer Funk's rhymes never skip a beat (though, at one point, Lady Pancake does skip over two beets), and he delights in transforming the fridge and its contents into an arena filled with perils: "Caught behind dressings, one Russian, one Ranch, / she squeezed out and started a bean... avalanche!" Kearney (Flying Machines) is equally inspired, personifying nearly every foodstuff with dot eyes and a U-shaped smile, while also giving the competitors a playfully regal air, even as they become stained with jelly and chili. It's a classic case of the journey outshining the destination--the race is so silly and fun that readers may feel let down by the villain who swoops in to snag the syrup and the halfhearted nods toward friendship and sharing that close out the story. Ages 5-up. Author's agent: Kathleen Rushall, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. Illustrator's agency: Plum Pudding Illustration. (Sept.)Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.