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About the Author
Lois Brandt is a writing teacher who served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon, West Africa. She lives in Issaquah, Washington. Vin Vogel is a Brazilian illustrator and designer who has illustrated more than 45 children's and young adult books in his native Portuguese and French. He lives in New York City.
"Filled with colourful artwork, this storybook addresses issues of poverty with honesty and sensitivity while instilling important lessons in friendship, empathy, trust, and helping others." --toronto4kids.com
"In her debut picture book, Brandt addresses an important issue: childhood hunger. . . . Vogel's digital illustrations portraying the smiling, wide-eyed girls in their city neighborhood are filled with warmth and a sense of community." --Linda L. Walkins, School Library Journal
"This book introduces a topic that is rarely explored in picture books, and it would be a welcome addition to larger picture book collections." --Melissa Morwood, BayViews
"Cartoon-style illustrations, depicting a vibrant and diverse city neighborhood, help soften the difficult issues raised . . . . Food insecurity, childhood hunger, and poverty are treated with tenderness and humor." --April Mazza, Booklist
"While the issue of childhood hunger is serious, the story is neither preachy nor patronizing. It is instead silly and sweet and strong. It is brilliant and appealing. That's because it is, at heart, a story about friends. It's about Maddi helping Sofia climb the wall, and Sofia helping Maddi get enough to eat." --catherinespascha.com
"Maddi's Fridge is a compassionate, hopeful, giving, funny picture book about friendship and real world family issues. A rare gem!" --Carrie Charley Brown, writersrumpus.com
"I really admire Lois Brandt for writing about those in need without making this an 'issue' book. It's first and foremost a story--and a good one." --Kirby Larson, Newbery Honor-winning author, Hattie Big Sky
"This tasty morsel can certainly inspire your superheroes soar to new heights and help combat hunger along the way!" --Barbara Gruener, https: //corneroncharacter.blogspot.com/2014/07/hungry-to-be-hero.html
"This is a big-issue book, handled delicately. It's not preachy or judgmental, and has a sweet story about friendship first and foremost. The funny parts with yucky food hidden in a backpack provide some levity in what could be a very serious book. It provides a great starting point for discussions about hunger, charity, and talking to an adult when something seems wrong with a little friend. The illustrations are fun and the language is accessible. A perfectly sweet book about a serious topic. Very well done!" --Denise Mealy, thechildrensbookreview.com
Maddi's Fridge was included on Sightline Institute's kid's list of "The Books We Love Best in 2018." --https: //www.sightline.org/2018/12/14/the-books-we-love-best-in-2018/
"This title is notable. The bright, friendly illustrations soften the topic while still conveying the characters' difficult feelings, such as worry and embarrassment. Gentle, age-appropriate humor releases the tension, keeping readers engaged as Sofia discovers how to best help her friend. . . . A thoughtful and well-executed look at the challenge of childhood hunger." --Kirkus Reviews
Maddi's Fridge has been chosen to be included on the grades 3-4 Great Texas Mosquito List for the 2019-2020 school year. The Great Texas Mosquito List is shared among all the schools, highlighted in the school and public libraries, and used by students to compete in the annual Great Texas Mosquito List Name That Book competition. In addition to the competition, the book is also a contender for the Great Texas Mosquito List Student Choice Award.