Frankie's Favorite Food (Hardcover)
Charming! Adorable! Scrumptious! I loved the show the illustrations and text put on with the fun food costumes. A great book for picky eaters and food lovers alike!
— From Staff Picks by Jessica— Jessica
A scrumptiously adorable story about a boy, a school play and his love for food. Featuring foods from all over the world, this debut picture book will make you hungry for more!
Frankie has a problem: he has too many favorite foods. He can't bring himself to choose just one to be for the school play, so on the day of the performance, he's still without a costume. His teacher comes up with a delicious idea: what if Frankie becomes the Costume Manager? That way, he can parlay his love of all things culinary into the whole production. From adding some last-minute garnishes to helping the rice and beans into their costumes, Frankie shines backstage until he has a brilliant idea and decides to make his debut on the menu as something that combines his love for all his favorite foods . . .
In this funny and scrumptiously adorable story, readers will delight in the variety of foods represented and the clever performances full of silly word play and sweet camaraderie. In Kelsey Garrity-Riley's author-illustrator debut, she shows the joy of food and revels in celebrating the way food can bring people together and inspire creativity.
About the Author
KELSEY GARRITY-RILEY is an illustrator living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She grew up in Germany and Belgium before moving to the US to pursue her love of art at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia, graduating in 2010. She has illustrated several books, including The Whirlpool: Stories by Laurel Croza (Groundwood) and the forthcoming Born to Ride: A Story About Bicycle Face (Abrams). Frankie's Favorite Food is her debut as both author and illustrator.
“A lighthearted picture book for readers hungry for wordplay and lunch.” --Kirkus Reviews
“Kelsey Garrity-Riley does an EGGcelent job showcasing multicultural food. . . . Frankie’s Favorite Food will spark imagination, creativity, and hunger.” --CM Magazine
“Garrity-Riley’s charming gouache, ink, and colored-pencil costumes . . . capture children in all manner of costume comestibles. What’s not to love about a pickle wearing a knapsack, a balletic bowl of ramen, or a calm-looking tin of sardines waiting in the wings?” --Publishers Weekly
This book perfectly captures cousins, especially in mixed-race families. Reading it I was immediately brought back to the early days of interacting with my cousins and noticing the differences between their family and mine. Also reminiscent of the Caldecott Honor, When the Relatives Came. Truly a book I wish I could have had when I was growing up. - Jessica