Reviews for Tyler Makes Pancakes!

Booklist Reviews 2012 July #1
*Starred Review* Where do blueberry pancakes come from? Certainly not from a box! Young Tyler wants to make blueberry pancakes for his parents, so off on his bike he goes with his dog, Tofu, running alongside to Mr. Jones' market. Mr. Jones gives Tyler the 411 on real food: eggs come from chickens; buttermilk comes from regular cows, not butter cows; flour comes from wheat, not flowers; and blueberries don't come from the produce section, at least not originally. At each stage of the explanations, the clever artwork takes readers to the farm where they can see the true origin of the ingredients. There's even a cold, early spring visit to watch the maple sap being drained from the tree and boiled into syrup. Finally it's time to get those pancakes cookin', resulting in stacks so high you can't even see Tyler's parents' faces. This well-conceived book, which tells a lot but never too much, is sure to hold kids' attention. The easily flowing text is matched with Frazier's simple stick-figure artwork, decorated throughout with amusing detail, and colored primarily in shades of berry blue and pancake gold. Florence, a Food Network chef, does a great job of mixing information, story, and fun, and the result is delicious. The pancake recipe and a fact page add a welcome dollop at the end. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall
Tyler wants to surprise his parents with a pancake breakfast (recipe included). He learns where the basic ingredients come from thanks to a gabby grocer--a stand-in for the Food Network star author. But wait: shouldn't a kid old enough to make pancakes already know this stuff? Tyler's stick limbs are an odd counterpoint to the art's many more-detailed elements.

Kirkus Reviews 2012 April #1
Do pancakes come from a box? Food Network star Florence has penned a children's ode to the know-where-your-food-comes-from movement. A story told completely in dialogue, it begins with little Tyler waking from a dream in which he is the captain of a pancake spaceship. With full-on determination, he sets out on his mission to make pancakes, accompanied by his equally inquisitive dog, Tofu. Tyler's first stop is Mr. Jones' market for groceries. For each ingredient, the kind and patient grocer transports young Tyler out of the market and back to the farm, where chickens provide the eggs, cows provide the buttermilk and the wheat grows in flat places like Kansas. Florence brings home the message that the best food has the best (or least processed) ingredients. Without the word "organic" appearing once, the cooking-from-scratch message is loud and clear. Capturing the spirit of curiosity is Frazier's department. The renowned graphic designer has created Tyler as a stick figure with a big round head and a pink nose. Even with a limited palette of mostly blues and ochers, wonder, humor and clarity shine from the pages. The childlike perspective featuring enormous stacks of pancakes and tiny, distant adult faces invites readers into Tyler's real and imagined worlds. A strong choice for foodies and all curious children. (recipe, informational page) (Picture book. 4-8) Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2012 March #1

Chef and Food Network celebrity Florence makes his children's book debut with an earnest tale about where food comes from--specifically the ingredients needed to make pancakes. When a boy named Tyler awakens from a pancake-themed dream, he's ready to tackle making flapjacks for breakfast. Armed with a list, he heads to the market with his dog, Tofu, where Mr. Jones the grocer answers Tyler's ingredient questions. "Buttermilk --whatever that is.... Does it come from a butter cow?" the boy asks. "Buttermilk comes from regular cows," Mr. Jones explains. "It's lemony and thicker and creamier than regular milk." Dominated by pale blues and yellows, Frazier's (the Stanley series) illustrations toggle between the market and the farm, and younger readers may find some of the shifts in location confusing. Florence's text often has a didactic tone that doesn't match the sunny lightness of Frazier's art, done in a zippy cartoon style that employs thick blue outlines and blocks of bright color. Weak attempts at humor (usually involving Tyler's dog) fall flat; a final spread offers a pancake recipe and additional facts about the various ingredients. Ages 4-7. (May)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2012 June

Gr 1-3--A didactic take on a boy's journey to make pancakes for breakfast. When Tyler wakes up after a dream about pancakes in outer space, he and his trusty dog, Tofu, head to the market for ingredients. While the grocer explains where the ingredients come from--eggs from chickens, buttermilk from cows-Tyler and readers get a lesson in finding fresh food. While the author is to be commended for trying to encourage healthy eating, the story falls flat. Tyler is portrayed as a cartoonlike stick figure who bounces between the reality of talking to Mr. Jones at the market and scenes showing chickens and cows, making his location in space and time possibly confusing for young children. It also seems unrealistic that a child who can ride a bike to market alone would not know where eggs come from. Attempts at humor using Tyler's dog aren't completely successful, and in the end the story has more lumps and bumps in it than pancake batter.--Necia Blundy, Marlborough Public Library, MA

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