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.
"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 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 "The single greatest achievement of Maddi' Fridge is [that it] delivers its message directly, through the intriguing story embellished with artful illustrations, without preaching or political commentary. Maddi' Fridge is a book that works on a child' awareness level, with no intervening adult judgements to cloud the basic reaction of human compassion. It also tells children exactly what they can do to help. Maddi' Fridge is a wonderful book for all kinds of children, whether they are hungry or not." Midwest Book Review "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' 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