Posted by: Kathy Temean | September 1, 2020

Book Giveaway: SHORT & SWEET by Josh Funk

Author/illustrator Josh Funk has a new picture book titled, SHORT AND SWEET hit bookstores today and was published by Sterling Children’s Books. Josh has agreed to share a book with one lucky winner. All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you do to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter, reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. Thanks for helping Josh!


Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast are back with a twist: they’ve been transformed into small children. Now it’s a race against the clock to turn our favorite duo into grown-ups again!

Lady Pancake is aching; Sir French Toast’s looking pale. Could they be going . . . STALE? Maybe a visit to Professor Biscotti’s lab for her despoiling procedure will help. But instead of beautifying them, Biscotti accidentally transforms the two treats into toddlers! Frightened of the now gargantuan (to them) Baron von Waffle, the mini breakfast foods scamper off on an adventure in the fridge, visiting everywhere from the Bran Canyon to Limes Square. Will Baron von Waffle and Professor Biscotti figure out a way to turn them back into a grown Lady and Sir? Or will they stay short & sweet forever?


To explain the origin of Short & Sweet, I’m going to have to spoil the twist endings of the previous books in the series. Hopefully you’ve read them already. If not, consider stopping right here, ordering copies of Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast (book #1), The Case of the Stinky Stench (book #2), & Mission Defrostable (book #3) from your local bookshop or requesting them for your library and reading them before proceeding. You’ve been warned.

Welcome back. Now let’s look at the facts.

Fact #1: Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast are introduced as leftovers in Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast.

Fact #2: In The Case of the Stinky Stench, the cause of the stinky stench is a spoiled fruitcake. Therefore, one can presume that food can go stale.

Fact #3: In Mission Defrostable, we find out that the villain of the story was a child during the infamous Bean Avalanche that took place in Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast, and is now a full-grown evil adult asparagus. Therefore, one can presume significant time has passed between books 1 and 3 in the series.

And curious readers began questioning how leftover foods (Fact #1) have not yet gone stale (Fact #2) despite being in the fridge for so long (Fact #3).

And so I chose to address that curiosity in Short & Sweet (book #4) by explaining that, in fact (Fact #4), they are beginning to grow stale themselves.

When I shared the text with my editor at the Sterling, they loved it and the illustrator, Brendan Kearney once again did a fantastic job creating the world inside the refrigerator and turning Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast into tiny toddlers – Mini Miss Pancake & Squire French Toast* – which was actually my original title of the book.

Unfortunately, the one thing the folks at Sterling didn’t love was that title. They thought that along with the series name, it was just too long. And they weren’t wrong.

Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast #4: Mini Miss Pancake & Squire French Toast is quite a mouthful (and is really hard to fit into a tweet with any meaningful additional text).

So while most of the book was complete, including many of the illustrations, we still didn’t have a title. We knew that focusing on the shrinking toddlers was the best plan – and Brendan had nearly even finished the cover.

I was stuck on the name Fun Size for a while – like the candies – those small ones you get on Halloween. I thought that because they were small, it made sense. But there were two problems with that title. First, there were no candies in the book (there were cookies, and technically there are Oreo ‘Fun Size’ bags, but it didn’t really fit). Second, everyone knows they’re only called ‘Fun Size’ because they’re the opposite of fun, but they want to make you think they’re fun. BIG candies would be fun. ‘Fun Size’ implied ‘Not Fun’, which wasn’t the vibe we wanted.

Even so, this was the best idea I had for months as I revised, Brendan drew, and time flew by.

But at long last, the team at Sterling came up with Short & Sweet. Which was, well, short and sweet. And we all knew it was perfect.

It’s funny how sometimes the title of the book is the last thing you figure out. But sometimes, that’s exactly how it works.

* While Mini Miss Pancake & Squire French Toast is no longer the title of the book, you can still snag the collector’s cards above along with two others and a signed bookplate if you preorder Short & Sweet from one of the independent bookshops listed at


Josh Funk is a software engineer and the author of books like the Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast series, the ​It’s Not a Fairy Tale series, the How to Code with Pearl and Pascal series, the A Story of Patience & Fortitude series, Dear Dragon, Pirasaurs!, Albie Newton, and more.

Josh Funk writes silly stories such as the Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast series, the How to Code with Pearl and Pascal series, the It’s Not a Fairy Tale series, the A Story of Patience & Fortitude series in conjunction with the New York Public Library, Dear Dragon, Albie Newton, Pirasaurs!, A Night at the Bookstore: A Barnsie & Noble Adventure, and more coming soon!

Since the fall of 2015, Josh has visited (or virtually visited) over 400 schools, classrooms, and libraries and he is a board member of The Writers’ Loft in Sherborn, MA. 

Josh grew up in New England and studied Computer Science in school. Today, he still lives in New England and when not writing Java code or Python scripts, he drinks Java coffee and writes manuscripts.

Josh is terrible at writing bios, so please help fill in the blanks. Josh enjoys _______ during ________ and has always loved __________. He has played ____________ since age __ and his biggest fear in life is being eaten by a __________.

For more information about Josh Funk, visit him at and on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook at @joshfunkbooks.

Josh, thank you for sharing your book and journey with us. Your book are always so much fun, so this is a good addition. Kids and adults will love reading about Lady Pancake and Sir French toast. Good luck with the book.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Josh!!! I LOVE Josh and everything he does 😀 The talent flows like a waterfall and SHORT & SWEET is another sure-to-be hit by the King of Rhyme! 😀

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  3. absolutely darling! he’s new to me, and i love his stuff


  4. So excited for this book, thank you for a chance. 😍📚🥰🤗


  5. Ah! Love this new book by our wonderful Josh.


  6. I always have felt like food can think. These books prove it. Love to win a copy. Thank you for the giveaway, Josh.


  7. Can’t wait to read! We love these books!!


  8. Congrats, Josh! I just recommended your coding books to a friend and RTed this giveaway.


  9. I’ll make it short and sweet, with no waffling – I must have this book!

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  10. Love all his books -so charming and witty! Congrats!


  11. I can’t wait to read the latest adventure!


  12. Who WOULDN’T want to win one of your books?! Your PB’s are so much fun to read and I am excited for this one to come out. My 4 year niece is going to love it!


  13. These books are adorable 😍 I shared on Twitter 🎉📚💖‼️


  14. This series is a big hit with children and adults alike!


  15. How wonderful to have another delightful book in this series! I adore the silly humor. Congratulations, Josh!


  16. Such a fun series! You came to a great decision on the title. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
    I’ve tweeted a link to this post:, and shared an image on Pinterest with a link too:
    Thanks again, stay safe everyone!


  17. Love Josh. Books are esdential to students.


  18. I’ll take the challenge! Josh enjoys DOING THE HOKEY-POKEY during STAFF MEETINGS and has always loved PUTTING HIS RIGHT ELBOW OUT. He has played WITH HIS FOOD since age _3.1416_ and his biggest fear in life is being eaten by a PLATYPUS. (Josh, thanks for supporting aspiring writers, independent bookstores, and Mad Libs.) Kathy, I subscribe to this blog.


  19. We love these books!


  20. Congratulations, Josh!


  21. This looks fantastic! I RT, too.


  22. My students and I love Josh’s books!


  23. We love this series, Josh! My daughter definitely picks up on all the details of the world you built and then makes random real world connections. The latest was in reference to shaving- but how in your book, instead of hair, the fruitcake got all the moldy parts shaved off him. Anyway- thanks for sharing about the title. Have to give the team at Sterling props- it’s perfect!


  24. I can’t wait to get a copy for my classroom collection! ❤


  25. These books!! So excited for the new one! Great job!! Congrats!!


  26. How cute! Can’t wait to see this new one.


  27. Josh Funk sure comes up with some interesting ideas. Thanks for telling me about this one.


  28. So much fun! Love the word play. 🙂 Thanks for sharing. Best wishes, Josh!


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