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Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast by Josh Funk – Review & Giveaway

LADY PANCAKE & SIR FRENCH TOAST
A REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

Written by Josh Funk
Illustrated by Brendan Kearney
(Sterling Children’s Books; $14.95, Ages 5-8)

 

Lady Pancake Cover Image

 

Before even reading it, I knew that Josh Funk’s debut picture book, Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast, was going to be a sweet treat, but I had no idea just how many belly laughs it would elicit. To be honest, while I may have initially favored Sir French Toast, my breakfast food partiality in no way influenced my opinion of Funk’s book whatsoever. In fact, I’m actually a von Waffle girl myself.

 

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Interior artwork from Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast by Josh Funk with illustrations by Brendan Kearney, Sterling Children’s Books ©2015.

When word comes down from up high that “The syrup is almost completely gone!’ Miss Brie produces panic in the breakfast food buddies. Before you can say “Genuine Maple,” the good Lady P and her pal, Sir FT, are off, determined to beat the other to the last remaining drop. Funk tickles our taste buds as he takes us on an amazing race up, down, and all around the fridge in an appetizing adventure that includes pushing and shoving, plummeting and hurdling, often at breakneck pace, to reach the syrup.

“Skiing past spinach and artichoke dip,
Toast vaulted high in the air with a …
FLIP!

 

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Interior artwork from Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast by Josh Funk with illustrations by Brendan Kearney, Sterling Children’s Books ©2015.

 

There are simply too may funny food scenes to describe, but suffice it to say Funk’s text provided Kearney with a field day for whimsical illustrations. My favorites are the bean avalanche and the surprise fold out fridge interior at the book’s end, providing your littlest foodie with a chance to closely examine all the contents shelf by shelf.

Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast is not only a rollicking, rhyming read aloud full of colorful fun, but if you’re a Foley (sound effects) fan, here’s your chance to try out your PLOPS!, FLIPS! and THUMPS! to your heart’s content. There’s even an avalanche to test your mettle! Readers young and old will enjoy the wonderful twist to this tale that caught me off and pinned another huge grin on my already happy face. If this book doesn’t leave everyone completely satisfied and sunny side up, I don’t know what will!

– Reviewed by Ronna Mandel

WIN 1 COPY OF JOSH FUNK’S NEW BOOK!!  Plus, if you follow us on Facebook and let us know in the comments below, we’ll give you an extra entry. An additional comment on our Facebook post for this picture book gets you yet another entry. Good luck!

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Cathy Ballou Mealey
September 1, 2015 8:34 am

Congratulations Josh!

Laura
Laura
September 1, 2015 9:49 am

Love both pancakes and French toast. But French toast comes out ahead….so good with homemade jam on it!

Marcie Wessels
September 1, 2015 1:54 pm

Congratulations, Josh! Your book sounds funny AND delicious!

Marcie Wessels
September 9, 2015 10:46 pm

Thank you so much for your kind words, Ronna!

chase
chase
September 2, 2015 10:43 am

My nieces would love this, might be adverse to eating french toast after eating though.

Sarah Floyd
Sarah Floyd
September 2, 2015 12:56 pm

Yumm! I can hardly wait to read this!

Richard R
Richard R
September 2, 2015 2:01 pm

Fun illustrations and rhyme. This book is sweet and good enough to eat.

Lauri Meyers
September 2, 2015 6:07 pm

The “word of mouth” has been so good for this launch that I have been eating breakfast for every meal for weeks:)

Kathy Hoffer
Kathy Hoffer
September 3, 2015 10:55 am

I am a french toast fan! I love my sister’s made with homemade amish bread!

Tara Simone
September 3, 2015 11:22 am

I”m a french toast fan! It’s just more savory and flavorful than pancakes are. For some reason I can’t eat too many pancakes, which is strange since I can devour waffles! Would love to add this to my son’s bookshelf!

Pamela F
Pamela F
September 3, 2015 11:27 am

Love French Toast, and maybe after reading this new book, my kiddos will too!

Laura Royal
Laura Royal
September 3, 2015 11:39 am

I love french toast better b/c of the texture, taste, and keeps me full longer.

beth
beth
September 3, 2015 2:10 pm

Pancakes because I can make them much better than french toast

jill rivera
jill rivera
September 3, 2015 2:19 pm

Pancakes because my step dad always made pancake on Sunday.

michelle k.
michelle k.
September 3, 2015 6:13 pm

I am a French Toast fan!

michelle k.
michelle k.
September 3, 2015 6:14 pm
Reply to  michelle k.

I love French Toast because I my mom used to make it when I was little

Dana Matthews
Dana Matthews
September 4, 2015 1:38 pm

Pancakes for me! Love the fun review!

Jan Lee
Jan Lee
September 5, 2015 12:09 am

I’m a french toast girl 🙂 I like pancakes too but I love the way french toast can be crisped up around the edges!

Penny Parker Klostermann
September 5, 2015 10:04 pm

I’m very excited about this book and can’t wait to eat it…oops! I meant read it. I just imagine it smelling like maple syrup 😀
I love pancakes and French toast so I’m not sure who to root for.

Katie Bellamy
Katie Bellamy
September 5, 2015 11:51 pm

I’m a French Toast girl! Its my fav!

Brenda white
Brenda white
September 6, 2015 8:45 pm

Pancakes because I am finally able to perfect them!

Katherine Cassinelli
Katherine Cassinelli
September 7, 2015 1:30 pm

I think my grandkids would really enjoy this!

Jen
Jen
September 7, 2015 9:17 pm

Yay, Josh! French toast on cinnamon bread!

Jen
Jen
September 7, 2015 9:17 pm

Yay, Josh! French toast on cinnamon bread!

Alyssa Annico
Alyssa Annico
September 8, 2015 8:58 am

Love French Toast!

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