Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast (Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast #1)

by Josh Funk (Author) Brendan Kearney (Illustrator)

Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast (Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast #1)

"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!


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Publishers Weekly

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.

Review quotes

"When I was a kid, my best friend was Josh Funk. I think he's about to become a friend to a whole new generation of kids." —B.J. Novak, author the The New York Times bestseller The Book with No Pictures

"A tale of 'to-go' food that is good for you! What happens between pancakes and French toast when there is only one drop of syrup left? Readers get a ringside seat when the refrigerator door closes and the food comes to life. Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast take off on an edible version of American Ninja, running and rappelling through all the major food groups, each determined to reach the syrup first. The competition is fierce, as Toast plops into a vat of jam, and Pancake get sucked into chili-based muck. As the two royals skip through the Broccoli Forest and sail across soupy seas, the chilly interior of the refrigerator morphs into a true Hunger Games arena. . . . Kearney's illustrations kick butter, with full command of the story's arc. The bean avalanche is a trippy wonder that will be replayed at many dinner tables. The vibrant colors on simple backgrounds keep the action at the forefront, while the acrobatic rhymes tackle the next hurdle. Though not a nutritional guide, this serving of breakfast foods provides a heaping side of verbs. Teachers and students alike will delight in this food fight. Who will be the winner? Readers will be hungry to find out." —Kirkus Reviews

Josh Funk
During the day, Josh Funk writes C++, Java Code, and Python scripts as a software engineer, which he's been doing for the last 20 years. In his spare time he uses ABC's, drinks Java coffee, and writes picture book manuscripts such as Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast, The Case of the Stinky Stench, Dear Dragon, and more. Josh graduated Suma cum Laude from the UMass Amherst Commonwealth College with a degree in Computer Science. He is a board member of The Writers' Loft in Sherborn, MA and the co-coordinator of the 2017 New England Regional SCBWI Conference.

Sara Palacios illustrated the Pura Belpré honor book Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match. She divides her time between San Francisco and Mexico City.
Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9781454914044
Lexile Measure
760L
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publication date
September 20, 2015
Series
Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast

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