Thursday, September 3, 2015

Mr. Pig LIVE . . . with Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast!

Welcome to my hit talk show, MR. Pig LIVE! We have a delicious, er, delightful show for you today.

<<grumble>> Oh dear. Please excuse my growling stomach. I haven't eaten breakfast yet. 

Today's guests are the scrumptious . . . I mean rambunctious stars of the new buzzed-about picture book by Josh Funk and Brendan Kearney -- 


Before we bring them out, let's watch these two in action. . . .


Welcome, Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast! It's nice to eat you-- ah, meet you!

What are your full names?
LP: My full name is Grand Duchess of the Deep Fridge, Noble Sovereign of the Top Shelf, the Illustrious Lady Pancake the 14th.
SFT: Technically my name is ‘Pain GrillĂ©’.

What one word best describes you?
LP: Exquisite.
SFT: Exquisite? You?
LP: Well, what one word describes you?
SFT: Humble.
LP: Well, that’s a lie.
SFT: What did you say?
LP: Oh, nothing.

What did you eat for breakfast this morning?
SFT: How dare you?!?
LP: Well, I never!

Let'e move on. What are you reading right now?
LP: The Fault in Our Starfruits.
SFT: The Day the Crepes Quit.
LP: Oh, give Mr. Pig a book for adults!
SFT: That book is just as much for adults as it is for children!

True. What's the best thing about being you?
LP: There are so many fabulous things about me! I don’t think I could choose just one.
SFT: The best thing about her is that she gets to spend all her time with me.
LP: That wouldn’t even be in the top 50.

What is the worst thing about being you?
LP: That I have to spend all my time with this smelly guy.
SFT: You said you liked my rosemary scent!
LP: One time I said it smelled good on the Squash, but you don’t have to bathe in it every morning!

If you were stranded on a desert island, what would you bring?
SFT: Well, I’m not gonna bring the rosemary any more.
LP: If we were stranded together? A lifetime supply of --
SFT: Syrup!
LP: Oh, you know me so well.

From LADY PANCAKE AND SIR FRENCH TOAST by Josh Funk. Illustration copyright 2015 by Brendan Kearney.

Do you have a belly button?
LP: Well, that’s a bit of a personal question. I’d prefer not to answer that.
SFT: She has two!
LP: I do not!

If a genie gave you one wish, what would you wish for?
Both: A lifetime supply of SYRUP!!!
What is your idea of the perfect day?
LP: I’d love to spend the day at Caramel Coast, watching the waves, just relaxing.
SFT: Oh, that’d be great. Like the time last summer when …
LP: Yes! I was thinking exactly that!
SFT: We should do that again.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
LP: I wish I could sing every note in existence.
SFT: We would all love if you could sing little better.
LP: What is that supposed to mean?
SFT: Oh, just that, a sweet singing voice is always nice to hear.
LP: Uh-huh.

From LADY PANCAKE AND SIR FRENCH TOAST by Josh Funk. Illustration copyright 2015 by Brendan Kearney.

What is your favorite word?
SFT: Fromage.
LP: But you’re allergic!
SFT: I just like the word!

What is you least favorite word?

LP: Empty.
SFT: Oh, I hate that word!

Share one thing that most of our readers don’t know about you.
LP: I am one of three identical triplets.
SFT: I am not afraid of sock puppets … anymore.

If you could dine with three characters from other books, who would they be?
LP: That’s a tricky question for such delicious foods as us.
SFT: I think Arnie the Doughnut [by Laurie Keller] might be cool to hang out with. Things have seemed to work out for him.
LP: Oh, and the Little Pea [by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Jen Corace] seems nice enough.
SFT: Maybe the Stinky Cheese Man [by Jon Scieszka & Lane Smith]? He seems like a cordial fellow. Let’s go with him.
LP: But you’re allergic!
SFT: It’s really just a sensitivity.

From LADY PANCAKE AND SIR FRENCH TOAST by Josh Funk. Illustration copyright 2015 by Brendan Kearney.

What is your most embarrassing moment?
SFT: Remember the time when I told you that ants were invading the fridge and you spent all day hiding in the back corner with the Brussels sprouts but there really was no ant invasion cause I made it all up?
LP: Yeah, that was – wait, you made it all up?!? I was down there with those stinky sprouts for hours!
SFT: I didn’t tell you it was a joke?
LP: JOKE?!?!?
SFT: Um, yeah. It was April Fool’s Day…
LP: Why … you … little …

What is your pet peeve?
LP: At the moment … it is LIARS!
SFT: Will you forgive me?
SFT: I’m truly sorry.
LP: Okay. I can’t really stay mad at you.

What was it like working with Josh Funk?
LP: Josh Funk is the greatest human being in the history of the world.
SFT: And he definitely didn’t force us to say that.
LP: No. Definitely not.

Thanks for joining us! <<grumble>> Oh dear. That's my stomach again. It's a good thing our favorite caterer, Nina from Mamabelly's Lunches with Love has arrived with a Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast breakfast. Let's eat! 

Scroll down or click here to see Nina's masterpiece. 


About the book
"A tale of 'to-go' food that is good for you! ... Readers get a ringside seat ... on an edible version of American Ninja... the refrigerator morphs into a true Hunger Games arena.... Kearney's illustrations kick butter ... the bean avalanche is a trippy wonder ... while the acrobatic rhymes tackle the next hurdle... Teachers and students alike will delight in this food fight. Who will be the winner? Readers will be hungry to find out." 


About the author
Josh Funk lives in New England with his wife and children. He is the author of LADY PANCAKE & SIR FRENCH TOAST (Sterling 2015), and the forthcoming picture books DEAR DRAGON (Viking/Penguin 2016), PIRASAURS! (Scholastic 2017), and JACK! [and the beanstalk] (Two Lions 2017). 

Find more information about his books at

About the illustrator
Brendan Kearney says, "Whilst studying Architecture at University I realized I didn’t like rulers. I also discovered that drawing pictures for a living was a legitimate and fun career option, and so traded architecture for illustration as quickly as I could. Having now completed my degree in Illustration I specialize in children’s books and artwork, bringing my own chaotic style and ideas to any project. If you can’t find me drawing you are likely to find me with a guitar or banjo in hand. I like mince pies. I don’t like carrots." 

He lives in England. To see more of Brendan's work, visit his website.


  1. This rates among my top fave MR. PIG LIVE episodes EVER! What a delicious, I mean *delightful* interview! --Anika

    1. thanks so much for inviting me. it's been enlightening discovering Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast's answers to these questions for me, as well!

  2. Hilarious! A thousand OINKS!!

  3. Thanks, Jama, for informing me of this blog. Love buying books for grandchildren!