Tyler Makes Pancakes!

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It starts with a grumbling tummy.

And a dream of something yummy.

What is it time for?


Tyler and his dog, Tofu, are hungry for blueberry pancakes.

They are so good to eat—all fluffy and juicy ...

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It starts with a grumbling tummy.

And a dream of something yummy.

What is it time for?


Tyler and his dog, Tofu, are hungry for blueberry pancakes.

They are so good to eat—all fluffy and juicy and hot. But the real fun is making them.

First you need a chicken, a cow, a few blueberry bushes, some special trees, and lots of mixing, flipping, and topping.

Chickens? Trees? We’re still talking pancakes, right?

Yes we are, and Tyler and Tofu find out just how it’s done, all before sitting down for the best breakfast ever!

Do you think pancakes come from a box? Not really! So let Food Network star Tyler Florence and Craig Frazier take you on an adventure from farm to mouth. You’ll learn how we get the best ingredients and discover that the most important one of all comes from the heart.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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)
School Library Journal
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
Kirkus Reviews
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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062047526
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/24/2012
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 577,943
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.24 (w) x 9.86 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Tyler Florence

Tyler Florence is a chef and television star of several Food Network shows, including How to Boil Water, Food 911, Tyler's Ultimate, and The Great Food Truck Race. Before joining the Food Network, he served as executive chef at the award-winning restaurant Cafeteria in New York City. He now owns two restaurants—Wayfare Tavern in San Francisco and El Paseo in Mill Valley—and a retail kitchen shop: Tyler Florence West Coast Kitchen Essentials in Mill Valley. He lives in Mill Valley, California, with his wife, three kids, two puppies, four chickens, and a beehive.

Craig Frazier is the author and illustrator of several picture books, including the Stanley series, Hank Finds Inspiration, Lots of Dots, and Bee & Bird. He is also an internationally recognized designer whose work includes six postage stamps for the USPS, including the 2006 Love stamp and the 2010 and 2012 commemorative Scouting stamps. Craig is married, has two children, and lives and works in Mill Valley, California.

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  • Posted September 14, 2013

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    Fit for Little Foodies!

    Another winner from Tyler Florence! My son loves his books. The illustrations are bold and colorful and the story is very cute. And it makes you want to eat pancakes!

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