This book is going to be an awesome addition to my classroom library. Everyone can have a good time with this book. The main characters, Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast are racing against each other to get to the last drop of syrup. Anyone that's ever engaged in a battle with a sibling, other family member or a friend for the last of anything can appreciate the intensity of this epic breakfast food race.
It's fun to watch the individual personalities of these two characters develop as they struggle to get past each other and all the other food items in this packed refrigerator. While they overcome obstacles such as a Broccoli Forest, Potato Mash Mountain and a messy pot of jam, they start finding more creative and daring ways to get around on these shelves. Pancake rappels with a rope of linguini and Toast skis down Sauerkraut Peak. On and on they go, getting messier by the minute. My very favorite moment is Toast getting blasted by fumes from a plate of old Brussels sprouts (that could very well be MY refrigerator).
The illustrations are very funny. They really support the rhyming narrative with animated leftovers that bring this refrigerator to life. The suspenseful nature of this story will encourage kids to root for one side or the other. Great discussions are bound to occur as students make predictions and consider the themes of friendship, cooperation and sharing. I can't wait to take this school and get this book into the hands of my 5th grade students!