Posts Tagged ‘breakfast’

Grab your oatmeal and orange juice. Flip some flapjacks. Spread some peanut butter on that toast. And while you’re munching, go bananas with these silly breakfast stories!

monkey-with-a-tool-belt-and-the-maniac-muffins-cover-imageMonkey with a Tool Belt and the Maniac Muffins, written and illustrated by Chris Monroe
published in 2016 by Carolrhoda Books

Duluth-author (hooray!) Chris Monroe’s busy monkey, Chico Bon Bon, is back with his epic tool belt!

Chico’s buddy Clark is making giant pancakes for breakfast and things have gone completely lulu in a hot minute. Serious structural damage is happening in the kitchen courtesy of Clark’s bad aim and his ultra-dense pancakes!


Not to worry. Chico’s tool-belt apron is loaded with everything from a pickle squeezer to a tofu toggle and he’s ready to step in and help. However, even as Chico cleans up a bit here and welds a bit there, Clark has moved along to the next item on the menu, his supersecret blueberry muffins.

This time, actual explosions result!


Watch the pandemonium unfold, cheer as Chico’s brilliant problem-solving ability comes to the rescue, then use the recipes in the book to make your own delish breakfast treats, hopefully without any of the accompanying mayhem!

An uproarious delight for ages 2 and up.

the-worst-breakfast-cover-imageThe Worst Breakfast, written by China Miéville, illustrated by Zak Smith
published in 2016 by Black Sheep Books

China Miéville is a British author known for his outstanding fantasy novels, including Un Lun Dun which I reviewed here. I believe this is his first picture book. And it’s a doozy.

Two sisters are about to eat breakfast when they discover to their distress that the orange juice today has got “bits.” Pulp, if you will, that doesn’t go down well at all.

This spurs one sister to regale the other about the worst breakfast ever, a hideous affair of burnt toast, “severely underdone” eggs, gluey porridge…and a wild, tongue-twisting inventory of dozens more terrifying menu items! Jellied eels and salmagundi and rumbledethumps…oh my!


There is grossness and nastiness here by the bowlful, illustrated with frenetic, fantastical abandon by Zak Smith.


All is resolved in one simple, clever solution and the breakfast turns out to be pretty good after all. My guess is this book will turn the stomachs of a few and result in fiendish giggles for many others. Check it out for ages 3 and up and prepare to serve pulp-free OJ for awhile.

woodpecker-wants-a-waffle-cover-imageWoodpecker Wants a Waffle, written and illustrated by Steve Breen
published in 2016 by Harper Collins

Benny the woodpecker awakes one morning to a wonderful, “tummy-rumbling” smell wafting out from Moe’s “Home of the Hot Waffle Breakfast” grand opening.

Well, if you smelled some toasty warm waffles, you’d want a nibble, wouldn’t you? Benny certainly does, but try as he might, he can’t manage to sneak inside Moe’s restaurant. Woodpeckers, it seems, are not wanted!


Benny takes his dilemma to a gathering of forest friends who initially mock his taste in waffles, but come around to conspire with him in carrying out his stupefying, spectacular solution. It’s a genius move on Benny’s part, full of last-minute twists that’ll surprise and delight you!


Steve Breen is a fantastic storyteller. This one is dripping with good humor and maple syrup. Sure to please kids ages 3 and up, with a side dish of waffles, of course.

lady-pancake-and-sir-french-toast-cover-imageLady Pancake & Sir French Toast, written by Josh Funk, illustrated by Brendan Kearney
published in 2015 by Sterling Children’s Books

“Deep in the fridge and behind the green peas,
way past the tofu and left of the cheese,
up in the corner, and back by a roast,
sat Lady Pancake beside Sir French Toast.”

The contents of a refrigerator might seem to be a placid lot, but not in this tale! These two friends turn into fierce competitors when it’s discovered — horrors! — that there’s only a single drop of syrup left! And both of them want it for themselves.


A galloping, careening race is on, up Potato Mash Mountain and through Chili Lagoon. Rappelling down linguini, sailing through soup, parachuting via lettuce leaf, these two run amok in an all-out sprint to that maple syrup bottle. Only to make a shocking discovery!


Josh Funk knows exactly how to tickle kids’ funny bones with his dancing rhyme, while Brendan Kearney’s energized, anthropomorphic fruits and veggies, broccoli forests and stinky Brussels sprouts rocket the mayhem up deliciously. A second episode featuring all these same foody-friends comes out this year, The Case of the Stinky Stench. Read this one with ages 3 and up, and get in line for the sequel.

everyone-loves-bacon-cover-imageEveryone Loves Bacon, written by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Eric Wight
published in 2015 by Farrar, Straus, Giroux

Everyone loves bacon, and ol’ Mr. Bacon feels mighty smug about that. A bit hoity-toity. Lovin’ all that attention, you know.

As his celebrity star rises, Mr. Bacon becomes so obsessed with himself, he quite forgets his old friends back home. Who needs ’em? Bah! He’s got fans, my dear, fans!

Pride goeth before a fall, as the old proverb says, and in this case, Mr. Bacon finds out a bit too late that when everyone loves bacon…well…he’s just one mouthful away from a most startling finish!


Wight’s bold food portraits and that strutting Mr. Bacon blast off the pages in jazzy, retro style. A cautionary delight for ages 3 and up.

You can find more breakfast goodies on a post I wrote several years ago, here. Happy breakfasting!


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It’s been breakfast-time all this week at Orange Marmalade. Today we’re dipping into the real McCoy with oatmeal and eggs like you’ve never seen ’em before, in the book:

Funny Food: 365 Fun, Healthy, Silly, Creative Breakfasts, by Bill and Claire Wurtzel

Bill Wurtzel has been making food look…


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from Funny Food by Bill Wurtzel


Peter Cottagetail by Bill Wurtzel


food art by bill wurtzel

and downright brilliant

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apparently for over 50 years.

Have a blast making breakfast healthy and uber-fun with this book! Using eggs, waffles, pancakes, oatmeal, cereal, fruit, toast, bagels and more, Bill whips up hundreds of kid-pleasing platefuls.

funny food cover image bill wurtzel

A Norwegian woman, Idafrosk also has a beautiful book of artsy breakfasts…

Eat Your Art Out: Playful Breakfasts

(thanks to Jama’s fun post — linked here — for introducing me to her!)

How much fun would it be to eat these?!

idafrosk artwork

breakfast by idafrosk

breakfasts by idafrosk

Oodles of fun available here!

eat your art out cover image

Happy eating!

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blueberry pancakes from kitchenkvell dot comA hearty breakfast on a cold, wintery morning…what could be better?! Crisp waffles with maple bent_fork_egg_cup from shesnotthemarryingkind dot blogspot dot comsyrup…oatmeal decked out with cranberries and coconut… a cheery poached egg à la Francis! Oh my, I’m making myself hungry! Time to dive into five delicious books about the morning meal!

Pancakes for Breakfast, a wordless book by Tomie DePaola

pancakes for breakfast cover image tomie depaolaIn her snug red house, nestled in the snowy hills of New England, one little lady awakes in her pink nightcap, dreaming of pancakes! Tying her apron aroung her ample waist, she opens her cookery book and begins.

But, alas! No eggs.

Not to worry. It’s just a short walk on the snowy path to the chicken coop where there are fresh eggs a-plenty. Now, on with the cooking!pancakes for breakfast illustration depaola from blog dot allaboutlearningpress dot com

Except, the milk jug is empty. Out she goes again to milk the cow. Then she’s got to churn the butter. Phew! Making pancakes is turning out to be a peck of trouble! Things go from slow to catastrophic when the cat and dog are left alone in the kitchen, but in the end, this plucky woman sits down to a giant stack of flapjacks. How does she manage it?!

Tomie DePaola’s signature style tells this charming, funny, surprising story, that’s been loved and in-print for almost 40 years. Not a single word in it; just dandy for preschoolers and up. You can even make the pancakes from the cookery book recipe!

is anybody up cover image kandoianIs Anybody Up? written and illustrated by Ellen Kandoian

Tousle-haired Molly is the first one awake in her household in New England. Alone in her sunny kitchen (well, her teddy bear is keeping her company!) she helps herself to breakfast — cereal and bananas.

Along an invisible line stretching from North to South, many other early-risers are eating quite different breakfasts in their interesting, diverse homes.

Thousands of miles north, in a tiny town on Baffin Bay, an Inuit woman makes griddle cakes, while in theis anybody up illustration ellen kandoian 001 tropical sun washing her Haitian home, another small girl munches peanut butter on bread, and farther south still, high in the thin air of the Andes, a little boy in a woolsy sweater breakfasts on roasted corn.

Dropping in oh-so-briefly on ten breakfasts strung along one time zone — what a lovely book this is! Kandoian’s gentle watercolors transport us to these beautiful places and people and cultures. Before we’re through, each breakfaster greets another member of her household in her own language — such a nice touch. A short note about time zones is included, aimed at early elementary readers. It’s a charming out-of-print book worth searching out for ages 3 -7.

hey pancakes cover image gammellHey, Pancakes! written by Tamson Weston, illustrated by Stephen Gammell

Breakfast hoopla exuberantly dances through the pages of this book! No early-morning quietness about it! Maybe that’s because there’s nary a parent to be seen.

Just three kids and a dog, whipping up some pancakes for breakfast. Batter spraying, dribbling, splotting! Pancakes sailing, flipping, stacking! Orange juice and maple syrup dribbling! And a blueberry stuck right on the tip of hey pancakes illustration stephen gammellthe little one’s nose.

Jubilation and scrumptiousness, that’s what this breakfast is made of. Weston’s rhyming text bounces merrily along, and Gammell’s characteristic spritzing, singing, energetic line and color are a festive partner. A recipe for Grandma’s Pancakes is included so your kids can make their own mayhem! Delightful for ages 2 and up.

sunny side up cover image jeni bassettSunny Side Up: A Mr. Poggle and Scamp Book, by Valiska Gregory, pictures by Jeni Bassett

Mr. Poggle and Scamp are two cuddly dogs who live together in a thatch-roof cottage tucked into the cool, green woods. Darling as a plump cinnamon bun.

Today Mr. Poggle decides on eggs sunny side up for their breakfast. Scamp thinks toast goes nicely with that. He’s looking forward to one of his favorite sunny side up illustration bassett 001meals!

Mr. Poggle kindly lets Scamp help with the egg-cracking and the toasting, but oh dear. This does not go so well. Scamp’s spirits are dashed, but patient Mr. Poggle always sees a way to redeem the broken yolks and burned crumbs. At their cheery table, Scamp declares that “breakfast has a way of turning sunny side up no matter what.” How pleasant to help others feel that way after accidents and mistakes. I think we all want a Mr. Poggle in our lives, and to be Mr. Poggle for others, don’t we?

It’s a lovable little book, part of a series written in the 80s, which are out-of-print. Small size for small hands. Dear pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations of a diminutive, inviting, cheerful world. Ages 2 and up.

rainy morning cover image pinkwaterRainy Morning, by Daniel Pinkwater, illustrated by Jill Pinkwater

Do you know Daniel Pinkwater? If you do, you know you’d better be Ready For Anything each time you open one of his books! This wild and quirky story made me laugh out loud with its mad cram of Conviviality!

Mr. and Mrs. Submarine live companionably in a capacious, electric yellow and shocking pink house. It’s a rainy morning, so what else is there but to eat several breakfasts? 

It’s during Breakfast #3 that the Submarines notice a bedraggled cat peering in the window. They invite him in for a hot corn muffin. Their large-and-shaggy dog is scratching at the door, too. In he comes, and scarfs his own muffin. But would you look at that, the horse is looking soaked and unhappy, too. Mr. Submarine whistles him in as Mrs. rainy morning illustration jill pinkwater 001Submarine sets to mixing up more muffins.

Well, you will simply NOT BELIEVE who all joins the Submarines for corn muffins and tea on this rainy morning!! My oh my! It is more-than-a-houseful and even requires the Pinkwaters to include a tiny lexicon of German words so we can understand one remarkable visitor.

With eye-popping illustrations rendered in “magical markers” and bigger surprises at every page turn, this tale will tickle the imaginations and funny bones of kids ages 4 and up!

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