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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: Tyler and Tofu
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062047523
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062047526
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #550,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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We hope that this book will find a loving home & be a favorite with your family!
Helen Havely
Tyler makes pancakes tells the story of Tyler and his dog, tofu, as they gather the ingredients to make pancakes for his mom and dad.
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The illustrations are cute and imaginative and the story is informative and funny.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Armando N. Roman TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 2, 2013
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My daughter loves books about pancakes. She might only like plain pancakes, without syrup(!), but any book I find where they're being made is a must-read for her. When the Vine program had a special newsletter just for kid's books, this was the first one I went for. I just read it to her tonight as one of her three bedtime stories, and while it held her attention, this probably isn't the kind of book she'll be requesting very much in the future. It's an informative book without being very interesting, doesn't have the most interesting artwork, and well...just isn't that interesting. It's neat to have a book that teaches us where the ingredients in pancakes come from and how things like flour are made, but that's really all this book is about.

One night, Tyler dreams about pancakes, and when he wakes up, sets out on a mission to make some himself. So he goes along with his dog, Tofu, to the market, to get the ingredients for pancakes. Flour, buttermilk, blueberries, all that stuff. With each ingredient that he asks for, the store worker tells him where it comes from, such as flour coming from lots of wheat that's ground up into a powder. Once he gets the last ingredient, Tyler goes home and gets to work on his breakfast for himself and his parents.

...and that's it. Tyler wants to make pancakes, Tyler simply goes to the store and gets them while learning a little bit, and then he makes the pancakes. It's a short read, and they don't go too in-depth on the details with where the foods come from, but why not add a little something to spice it up? Sure, not all books have to be fun reads with funny jokes or illustrations. I kept waiting for something to "happen" and was a little disappointed when reading it to my daughter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Editor of Lillian's Diaries VINE VOICE on January 3, 2013
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"Tyler Makes Pancakes" by Tyler Florence is rated for children 4 and up. I am not sure that the average four or five year old would find this book interesting even if they were really interested in cooking, as my grandchildren age 2-11 are. The opening 2 pages are picture pages without text which show a little boy (Tyler) and his dog (Tofu) sleeping with a dream cloud above each showing an outer space scene with flying pancakes and a planted flag with a bone on it. The little boy wakes up and decides he is hungry and must have pancakes so he jumps on his bike and takes off for the grocery store to buy the ingredients while his parents sleep. (My first thought was that the boy was not old enough to develop a grocery list, travel to a grocery store by himself and weren't there house rules as to what the boy could or could not do when his parents were sleeping and he is awake????)

Throughout the rest of the book the dog has "dream clouds" above his head that don't seem to add to the story, but rather distract. The question arises of what is a dog doing in the grocery store.

I like the concept of children learning where the food they are eating comes from. But in this story the answers to the boy's questions about where each of the items comes from sidetracks the original story. And the comments to or about the dog, as well as the illustrations when the boy asks about each food leads the reader to think when the grocer says "just imagine that we are out on the farm" that Tofu has actually gone to the farm and is chastised by Tyler for chasing the chicken - which is on a farm not in the grocery store where Tyler and Tofu are buying food.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. D. Fischer VINE VOICE on June 24, 2012
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What I liked most about Tyler Makes Pancakes! is that is explains where the food you buy at the grocery store comes from. Of course, Tyler Florence presents the idealized version of happy animals on a farm, not the more realistic factory farm scenario.

Young Tyler dreams he is the captain of a pancake spaceship and wakes up hungry for pancakes. He sets off to the grocery store with his dog, Tofu, without leaving a note for his parents (which seems like a potentially bad idea). The neighborhood grocer explains that eggs comes from chickens, buttermilk comes from cows, flour comes from wheat, blueberries grow on bushes, and maple syrup comes from maple trees in Vermont. The grocer adds bacon (without explaining where it comes from) and a cantaloupe from his garden for a balanced breakfast.

Tyler brings all of the ingredients home and whips up a batch of pancake batter. Fortunately, his dad wakes up in time to do the actual cooking. The recipe for blueberry pancakes is included as well as a one page fact sheet on the ingredients (with fun facts such as the number of eggs a hen can lay daily, how much milk it takes to make a pint of buttermilk, and how high wheat can grow).

As far as I can tell, this is Tyler Florence's first children's book. The illustrations (by Craig Frazier) are fun and colorful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alcee Arobin VINE VOICE on June 20, 2012
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This is a really great children's book that would make a wonderful gift for any kid that shows an interest in food and cooking. In it, a young boy named Tyler decides to make pancakes for his parents. He goes on a trip with his dog, Tofu (adorable name!), and learns where all of the ingredients in his recipe come from. For example he learns about how flour is processed, where blueberries come from, and how buttermilk is made. So aside from the cute story of a kid wanting to cook his parents breakfast, there's an unmistakable nod to whole/sustainable foods and farming. The book ends with Tyler's recipe for blueberry pancakes.

I dock the book one star because the illustrations aren't so inspiring, and it's a dull color palette. But aside from that, this is a very cute book that not only engages children in the kitchen, but also gets them to thinking about where their foods come from, and how they end up on their plates.
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