Empty Fridge

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A quirky picture book that taps into strong themes in children's lives: the love of food and cooking, sharing, and the importance of good friends and neighbors

It seems everyone in Andrew's building has been so busy during the day, they've forgotten to buy anything for dinner. Their fridges are all empty—well almost. With only three carrots to eat, Andrew decides to go upstairs to ask his neighbor Nabil if he's got anything in his fridge. Nabil's not doing much better: he only ...

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Overview

A quirky picture book that taps into strong themes in children's lives: the love of food and cooking, sharing, and the importance of good friends and neighbors

It seems everyone in Andrew's building has been so busy during the day, they've forgotten to buy anything for dinner. Their fridges are all empty—well almost. With only three carrots to eat, Andrew decides to go upstairs to ask his neighbor Nabil if he's got anything in his fridge. Nabil's not doing much better: he only has two eggs and small piece of cheese. Together, they decide to try the family on the second floor. As they ascend each floor of their apartment building, they gather more ingredients from more neighbors until they reach the top floor and everyone finally has enough for a meal. But now the question is what to cook?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
French author/illustrator Dorémus offers a “Stone Soup” for the modern day in a story first published in 2009. Fittingly, the book’s tall format is quite refrigerator-like in its proportions; opening it reveals neighbors in a five-story apartment building, who all discover their pantries are bare. “There’s not a single packet of noodles in a single cupboard,” writes Dorémus (Bear Despair). “To cut a long story short: it’s a disaster!” Spindly ink cartoons on tan backgrounds present a cross-section of the building, as residents peer into cabinets and stare into empty bowls. A bearded man named Andrew—who plays music for spare change and has set up camp near the mailboxes—makes the first discovery: three carrots. Climbing the stairs, he visits Nabil, who has two eggs and a bit of cheese. They climb further, meeting neighbors and gathering scant ingredients until they find the perfect answer: quiche. Dorémus splashes his characters and pages with bright colors that correspond to their contributions, building on the growing sense of jubilation and camaraderie. By book’s end, the celebration has spread to the streets: “Slices of quiche, slices of life.” What could be better? Ages 5–7. (June)
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"Dorémus splashes his characters and pages with bright colors that correspond to their contributions, building on the growing sense of jubilation and camaraderie."  —Publishers Weekly
Kirkus Reviews
The many and varied occupants of an apartment house in a French city have been busy all day, talking on the phone, cycling, playing music, working, having lunch; so busy, in fact, that--quel désastre!--no one has remembered to buy any food! In a wonderful chain of visits, each colorful character makes a trip up to the next floor to explore how they can pool the paltry ingredients they have scavenged to make a meal that everyone can share. Rose, on the top floor, invites all the neighbors in to brainstorm recipes. Suddenly, she has an epiphany! By combining everyone's ingredients, they can make a quiche. A cozy quiche-baking party ensues, and the neighbors chat and laugh as they prepare the feast. Throughout this little neighborhood, the small miracle spreads. People gather sociably on all the buildings' top floors, and impromptu cookouts sprout on every street corner. Everyone's hunger for company has been satisfied. The whimsical European flavor of Dorémus' line drawings will appeal to children and adults alike. Flat color washes, used selectively, keep the eyes moving around the page and visually make the moral point as the people and the food reach a crescendo of warmth and togetherness. A delicious celebration of community can-do. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780987109934
  • Publisher: Wilkins Farago Pty Ltd
  • Publication date: 6/1/2013
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 12.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Gaëtan Dorémus has illustrated more than 20 books, including the award-winning Empty Fridge, and has produced hundreds of freestanding illustrations and cartoons.

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