Monday, April 4, 2016

Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast

I have been reading quite a few rhyming picture books for RhyPiBoMo, but my very favorite so far has got to be Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast by Josh Funk; illustrated by Brendan Kearney (Sterling Children's Books, 2015).


I mean, the title alone is ridiculously irresistible!

Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast are hanging out in the back of the fridge when they are alerted by Miss Brie that the maple syrup is almost gone. There begins a frantic footrace past all of the refrigerator residents. There is some mocking -- and some gloating -- until finally, covered in goo, they realize that yet another breakfast royalty has beaten them to the bottle.


This could very well be considered a book on manners and/or sibling rivalry, for the foods realize that, had they not been bickering, they probably could have attained the syrup themselves. But the book is not at all preachy; it is delightful to read. Funk's descriptions of the various food zones in the fridge are creative and clever, and his use of rhyme is impeccable, employing multisyllabic rhyming words to tell a story that is not at all forced.


In perfect complement to the text are Kearney's playful and amusing illustrations. With colorful pages filled with smiling broccoli, skiing toast, and a triumphant Lady sailing on a loaf of French bread, the book holds much to engage a child.


I highly recommend reading this one with your kiddos soon!

One more note: Take a look around Josh Funk's website. Not only will you learn more about his other books set to be published, but you will also find a Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast activity pack and a tab of resources for writers. Lots of great gems to learn from there!

Happy reading!

~Jen


12 comments:

  1. Thank you for the kind words! Made my day. Good luck with #RhyPiBoMo and all of your writing!

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    1. You are very welcome! Such a wonderful book. :)

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  2. This sounds like an irresistible book! I just put it on reserve at my library.

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    1. My son was laughing throughout -- it's a joy to read!

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  3. What a hoot! Just the right amount of silly, it seems!

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  4. You had me at the cover and title. Definitely outside the box and quirky. Love your selection and the illustrations.

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  5. I have been so excited to read this one. I've heard ONLY wonderful things :) So many good books, so little time!

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    1. That is SO TRUE. So many books I'm wanting to get to!

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  6. This looks A.DO.RA.BLE! Can't wait to share it with my little ones! Thanks so much for linking up this post at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com this week!
    Tina

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