The French Fry King

The French Fry King

by Roge
     
 

A delectable feast for French fry lovers the world over, written and illustrated by acclaimed French Canadian artist, Rogé, this wonderful story will amuse, beguile and delight young readers! The French Fry King is a clever tale about dreaming big and finding love, told by a charming sausage dog named Roger.
 
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Overview

A delectable feast for French fry lovers the world over, written and illustrated by acclaimed French Canadian artist, Rogé, this wonderful story will amuse, beguile and delight young readers! The French Fry King is a clever tale about dreaming big and finding love, told by a charming sausage dog named Roger.
 
Roger is a sausage dog who is destined for incredible things! He is most definitely NOT the kind of dog that would chase the mailman, chew on bicycle tires, or bark at every car that drives goes by. All of that bores him....
 
He longs to be human, and spends a great deal of time dreaming about his future. For Roger, happiness will only come when he becomes King – King of the French Fries! But will this bring him true happiness?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Roger the sausage dog rockets from obscurity to the ownership of an internationally famous chain of french fry stands (“This dog’s cooking skills are exceptional!” says one customer), but it’s not enough; he wants more out of life. “People only love me for my fries,” he frets. Fortunately for Roger, happiness—in the form of an entrepreneurial poodle named Charlotte—plies a similar trade in a food cart not far away. Rogé (Noah’s Bark) clearly shares some personality traits with his hero. In a series of arch and quirky paintings, even walk-on characters get close attention (a chic mother checks her phone as she walks along with her son, who’s dressed in a Batman costume), and inventive thinking abounds (the French Fry King has elongated T-shirts designed to mimic his body shape, seen on one of his fans). While younger readers may be puzzled by Roger’s ennui—why shouldn’t being the French Fry King make him happy?—and the love-story ending may be a bit cornball, Roger’s a memorable guy, and his discovery of fame and love makes good entertainment. Ages 4–7. (May)
From the Publisher
“…Rogé’s illustrations feature rounded lines and characters that are full of life. Clever details provide many visual delights for the attentive reader…. This is a marvelous allegorical tale that will delight children and adults alike.”
—Quill & Quire 

“This is a deliciously sweet book about Roger, the entrepreneurial canine who tries to fill a void in his life…. Through fun illustrations and light hearted text, our King stumbles upon his Queen and is finally able to find true happiness and fulfillment…. Rogé is a talented and acclaimed illustrator from Montreal, and his latest work here is fun, funny and simply charming.”
—WordsByMom.com

  “… Rogé’s expressive paintings include people who clearly enjoy the pup’s fries and are full of details that young readers will love recognizing: iPods, cell phones, and Batman. A few French labels are peppered throughout, keeping the cultural characteristics of the original. The translated text flows smoothly and works well as a read-aloud. Young listeners will be delighted as Roger finally finds not only success, but also romance.”
School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Roger is a "long sausage dog with big ideas." But he is only a dog until one evening he is inspired by some dropped potatoes. He fixes up an old trailer, peels and cuts the potatoes, fries, and sells them. They are so good that he becomes famous. He travels the world, serving potatoes curried in India, with soy sauce in Vietnam and salsa in Cuba. He is declared the French Fry King and welcomed home by the city on his return. But one day, Roger finds himself bored again. He leaves his stand and wanders glumly until he encounters Charlotte, the Corn Cob Queen, a lovely white dog with her own successful stand. Roger falls in love. "Roger and Charlotte's Royal Shepherd's Pie" stand is the happy ending result. This fantasy is visualized quite simply. Roger is a long dog with black markings, droopy brown ears, and stick-thin legs, but he thinks human thoughts and does human things. There are no landscapes or city scenes in his travels; only humans eating his potatoes. But we are swept along with Roger's adventures until he finds that, "Woof! Life is beautiful!" Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 1—In this picture book, Roger, a long sausage dog, learns that life is more fulfilling when you share your adventures with others. He finds chasing mail carriers and barking at cars boring-he prefers to think big, meaningful thoughts: "If humans were dogs, would they build doghouse skyscrapers?" When an elderly woman drops potatoes at his feet in the park, he dreams up a delicious idea to sell French fries out of a mobile trailer. He becomes famous as the French Fry King when he shares his exceptional recipes around the world, serving the fries with salsa in Cuba and dipped in chocolate in Kenya. Even though he's hailed as a hero when he returns home, he still finds life boring until he meets Charlotte the Corn Cob Queen, another famous culinary pup, and in telling her his stories he forgets to be bored. Rogé's expressive paintings include people who clearly enjoy the pup's fries and are full of details that young readers will love recognizing: iPods, cell phones, and Batman. A few French labels are peppered throughout, keeping the cultural characteristics of the original. The translated text flows smoothly and works well as a read-aloud. Young listeners will be delighted as Roger finally finds not only success, but also romance.—Kristine M. Casper, Huntington Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
A spotted dachshund with an inquiring mind and big ambitions starts his own French-fry stand, and his fries become popular with customized versions around the world. Though Roger finds fame and fortune with his fantastic fries, he ultimately realizes his life is rather empty and worries that he is esteemed for his fries alone. The whimsical illustrations take on a darker, gray cast as Roger descends into a depressed phase, but then he meets a charming white dog, Charlotte the Corn Cob Queen, who has her own successful food business. The two canine entrepreneurs fall in love and invent a new product to sell, Royal Shepherd's Pie. Both the story and the illustrations are appealingly fantastical, with tall-tale exaggerations and witty interactions with satisfied customers. The illustrations have a chic, urban flair with a muted palette and some hints at the author/illustrator's French-Canadian background, such as a few signs in both English and French. A poster of the dogs with their recipe for shepherd's pie is included on the inside of the book jacket. Roger's story conveys the subtle and salutary message that material achievement and fame does not necessarily include love and companionship, and a shared venture may be sweeter than solitary success. (Picture book. 4-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781770493506
Publisher:
Tundra
Publication date:
05/08/2012
Edition description:
Translatio
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.60(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Rogé began his career as artistic director at the marketing agencies Cossette and LG2. He now dedicates himself full time to illustration, painting and writing. His pictures, and many of his stories are featured in over twenty books for children, several of which have been honored through award nominations, including the prestigious Governor General’s Award which he won in 2006.
 
With one foot on the Magdalen Islands, and another in Montreal, Rogé has a unique perspective on life which provides a delightful, and very funny, view of the world.

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