-The concept of doubling goes down easy in this combination of multiplication facts, rhyme, humor -- and diner food.- -- THE HORN BOOK Down on the farm one morning, Papa McFay orders his sons to hop to their chores. But from Minnie's kitchen wafts a smell that gets the boys itchin', and one by one, they succumb to the call of that sweet aroma. Each brother arrives at Minnie's twice as hungry as his brother before -- and looking for twice as much grub. Will they be in double trouble when Papa McFay tracks them down? With singsong rhythms and comical illustrations spiced with flavor, Dayle Ann Dodds and John Manders serve up a humorous lesson in multiplication.
Dayle Ann Dodds is the author of many books for children, including THE KETTLES GET NEW CLOTHES and THE SHAPE OF THINGS. She says, -When I was young, my parents had a ranch with lots of fences to paint. Often my father would wake me up early to go into town to a diner just like Minnie's for a cowboy breakfast -- stacks of fluffy buttermilk pancakes piled high to the sky!- John Manders works out of his studio in Pittsburgh, creating artwork for such picture books as SENOR DON GATO. He says of MINNIE'S DINER, -I visited many diners, drank many cups of coffee, and ate many French fries while searching for the perfect diner.-