It seems everyone in Andrew’s block has been so busy during the day, they’ve forgotten to buy anything for dinner. Their fridges are empty… almost. With only three carrots to eat, Andrew decides to go upstairs to ask his neighbour Nabil if he’s got anything in his fridge. Nabil’s not doing much better: he only has two eggs and small piece of cheese. Together, they decide to try the family on the second floor. As they ascend each floor of their block of flats, they gather more ingredients from more neighbours until they reach the top floor and everyone finally has enough for a meal. But what to cook? Empty Fridge is a picture book that taps into strong themes in children’s lives: the love of food and cooking, sharing, and the importance of good friends and neighbours. Winner of a prominent kids' choice award in France, Empty Fridge is an inspiring and thought-provoking entertainment for the Junior Masterchef generation.
It’s been a busy day, you haven’t even thought of dinner, and when you look in the fridge it’s empty. What to do? How about visiting the neighbours to see if together you might have enough food to make a meal? That is the simple premise of this delightful picture book set in a busy five-storey apartment block.
Each household is drawn with intimate detail, from the homeless man with his shopping trolley at the bottom of the stairs through the bike-mad bachelor and the busy family. Each of the neighbours is given a different colour representing the food they contribute, and as they climb the stairs the colours amass.
In the top-floor apartment, Rose gets a brainwave to make a quiche. Everyone works together to cook their communal meal and when they take it outside, they discover that the whole neighbourhood has gathered to eat together, with music, merriment and laughter.
This beautiful evocation of modern living and the pleasures of sharing by French author and illustrator Gaetan Doremus was first published in France and won a prominent kids’ choice award there in 2010. It has been lovingly translated and published in English so that now everyone from three-year-olds to adults can enjoy its delectable delights!
[missing asset] **Angela Crocombe is the Children’s Book Buyer at Readings St Kilda, mother to a three year-old, and the author of two books on sustainable living, A Lighter Footprint: A Practical Guide to Minimising your Impact on the Planet and Ethical Eating.*
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