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Tyler Makes Pancakes! (Tyler and Tofu) Hardcover – April 24, 2012
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
The book has a cute idea but my grandkids (age 6 and 3) didn't get carried away with the idea. Their mother thought that the book gets carried away with details and it bogged down instead of moving the story forward. It seems like a neat idea to me to teach kids about where their food comes from in details. But if they don't find the story compelling they won't learn so much.
I personally thought the art work was only so so. It is not as colorful as I would like.
While the information is interesting, it was not presented in an interesting manner, and this is not exactly what I expected when I ordered this book. Pancakes eventually get made, but by the time you read through the first 3/4 of the book, you forget that the end result was supposed to be making pancakes. My daughter is 6, and she lost interest pretty quickly about half way through the book. Maybe it is because we shop locally at farmer's markets so she knows food is not made in a grocery store, but I also think it is because when she saw the title, she expected to hear a story about making pancakes, not a search for the ingredients. The pictures themselves are nothing special, and quite basic. Tyler, for example, is a stick figure.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love love love this book! Comes with a recipe. I hope Tyler keeps writing these so that we not only have great non-annoying kid story books but also a stack of recipes to follow!Published 9 months ago by Jenny
A great book for my grandson Tyler! Anxious to try the recipe.Published 12 months ago by Shelley J. Thull
Love this book. Inspired my son (4 years) to want to cook. Great info on where the ingredients come from.Published 19 months ago by Silver Spring Pediatrician
Awesome book especially if you have a son named Tyler! My Tyler loves it. The storyline and pictures keep him entertained as we read it night after night.Published on January 6, 2014 by Erin DenAdel
It's hard to find books for boys who are interested in cooking. I purchased this for a little boy named Tyler and he loves it. Read morePublished on March 25, 2013 by Cinkatmom
Food Network chef Tyler Florence and Illustrator Craig Fazier team up in this cute book. Tyler, is a little boy who dream of pancakes when he wakes up he decides to surprise his... Read morePublished on January 10, 2013 by My 2 Cents
This is a good book. About an important and interesting subject to kids. Where does food come from? And the answer shouldn't be McDonalds. Read morePublished on January 4, 2013 by Dave English