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Maddi’s Fridge, by Lois Brandt | Book Review

The Children’s Book Review | August 25, 2016

Madde's FridgeMaddi’s Fridge

Written by Lois Brandt

Illustrated by Vin Vogel

Hardcover Book: 32 pages

Age Range: 4-8 years

Publisher: Flashlight Press (2014)

ISBN: 978-1-936212-9-1

What to expect: Friendship, Hunger, Family Issues

Sofia and Maddi are best friends. They play at the park until the streetlights turn on, running and jumping and working up a fierce appetite. So when Sofia runs to Maddi’s house for a snack, she’s met with a surprise. Maddi’s fridge only has a bit of milk for her little brother. Nothing else. Confused, Sofia asks why Maddi’s mom doesn’t go to the store. Turns out, they can’t afford it. Maddi begs Sofia not to tell anyone.

Maddis Fridge IllustrationSo starts Sofia’s quest to help her friend–without telling her mom. The first night she packs up leftover fish, only to find a yucky surprise in her backpack the next day. Then, it’s raw eggs. Turns out that’s not great overnight in a backpack, either. But she strikes gold with leftover burritos and manages to bring a lunch to her bestie, Maddi.

But Sofia realizes that this is not enough. Maddi won’t be able to run and jump and play without enough food. Finally, Sofia tells her mom what’s happening at Maddi’s house. Mom swoops in with bags of groceries and a fun treat, cheesy pizza bombs, and they go to Maddi’s house. While the mom’s talk about adult stuff, Maddi and Sofia play. Maddi forgives Sofia for telling, because she was trying to help. And she did! And now Maddi has enough food for her and her little brother.

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!

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About Lois Brandt

Lois Brandt  is a writing teacher who served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon, West Africa. She lives in Issaquah, Washington.

About Vin Vogel

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.

Maddi’s Fridge,  by Lois Brandt and Vin Vogel, was reviewed by Denise Mealy. Discover more books like Maddi’s Fridge by following along with our reviews and articles tagged with , , Picture Books, and Social Graces.

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Denise Mealy is a former web content provider who stays at home to change diapers and write books. Her days are filled with Word documents, books and sloppy kisses (from dogs and baby alike). She likes to read, cook, dance, travel and forward pictures of spam sculptures to friends. If she could have dinner with any author, dead or alive, it would be a toss up between J.K. Rowling and Jane Austen. They would probably eat pasta. Yes, definitely pasta. For more information, visit: www.dccmealy.com You can also find her on Twitter: @dccmealy

  • I am starting a service learning project in my school for both middle and elementary and middle school students and was wondering how to introduce some of the more important issues to the younger students and now I have the perfect book to do just that!!! I plan on using this book for grades k-3 as I think hunger is not something that kids realize is happening all over this country.

    August 31, 2016

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