As you gather ingredients, utensils, and cookware, lightness fills your spirit. You can easily imagine the wondrous odors swirling around you chasing away the woes of the day. It's like having a warm, comforting blanket wrapped around you. JUST A SECOND! Why is it so cold in here? Did someone leave the freezer door open?
It's hard to believe more than three years ago on March 9, 2015 readers were introduced to two delectable food friends, Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast. The cover reveal for Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast (Sterling Children's Books, September 1 2015) written by Josh Funk with illustrations by Brendan Kearney caused quite a stir among the refrigerator crowd. The release of the title caused an even greater sensation among the ranks of racers. It's surprising (or not) what someone will do for the last drop of maple syrup.
By December 13, 2016 the book trailer premiere for The Case Of The Stinky Stench (Lady Pancake Sir French Toast) had people toe-tapping and hand-clapping as they awaited the release date of the companion title, a malodorous mystery. The Case Of The Stinky Stench (Lake Pancake Sir French Toast) (Sterling Children's Books, May 2, 2017) written by Josh Funk with illustrations by Brendan Kearney had people guessing and gathering clues until the final whiff was taken.
I am happy to welcome author Josh Funk back to Librarian's Quest. In this third escapade by the breakfast buddies, Mission Defrostable, a chilly chill is permeating the entire refrigerator realm. What can you tell us, Josh, about this dangerous situation? Will the duo be racers or sleuths?
If Book #1 was a race, and Book #2 was a mystery, then Book #3 is an action adventure full of twists, surprises, revenge and double-and triple-crosses. In Mission Defrostable, the fridge is inexplicably freezing over, and Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast are recruited to help get to the bottom of things.
You have brought to this daring duo's deeds yet another new character. How would you describe this character to readers?
Agent Asparagus of the F. B. I. (Fridge Bureau of Investigation) leads the charge to determine the cause of the big freeze. Frankly, when Asparagus shows up, not much is known about her or the F. B. I. - but as Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast are counted on as leaders in the fridge, they quickly offer to help.
I believe you are a fan of fairy tales, Josh. Is this story based upon a particular fairy tale?
I don't believe so-so if you notice something, it certainly wasn't intentional. Mission Defrostable was based on some of my favorite action adventure movies like Indiana Jones and Mission: Impossible.
In this story the theme of friendship seems to be stronger than ever. Do you care to comment on this, Josh?
Truthfully, I don't think I went into writing any of the Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast adventures with any themes in mind.
In Book 1, there's definitely the 'don't waste time bickering and arguing - or everyone loses' theme. In Book 2, it ended up with a 'don't judge a character who's down on his luck by his appearance (and odor)' theme.
Or in other words, you're right; the theme of both is friendship.
In Book 3, it's ... well, yes - friendship again. But this time it might be more with a twist of 'give people a chance to befriend you - don't assume they don't want to be friends'.
Now you've got me wondering why the theme of friendship is so prevalent in this series. What might this say about the relationship I have with food? Hmmmm . . .
Is there anything else you would like to share with readers before we reveal the exciting new cover for Mission Defrostable?
Well, I'm pretty psyched about this book. It's probably the best one yet. And so is the cover! I think it's brilliant - it works both as a winter book (cold theme) - but also as a summer book (see the popsicles). Illustrator Brendan Kearney has done it again!
And thank you, Margie, for hosting this cover reveal! You're the best!
Thank YOU, Josh, for visiting here again and for the honor of revealing this frosty fabulous cover.
It seems our fearless adventurers are ready to spring into action when dastardly deeds have upset the status quo for the inhabitants of the refrigerator. Obviously the popsicles are happier than happy at the turn of the temperature but others are shivering with the chilly chills. Brendan Kearney has managed to give us the feeling of an icy atmosphere but our heroes maintain warmth with their true hearts. I have to admit that looking at the ice cream carton in the center has me dreaming about my next hot fudge sundae.