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By Tina Matthews
Publisher: Walker Books Australia, October 2012
Without the ingredients Harvey needs to bake a cake, he applies his imagination and gathers his own ingredients, a range of items from the bathroom, toy room and garden, to make some interesting and creative cakes that are more suited to snails, lizards and butterflies than they are to people.
A Great Cake is a superb book for pre-schoolers. It explores both the natural inclination of children to make their own plans for the day and their beautiful ability to be resourceful and incredibly imaginative.
Although a delightful fictional story, A Great Cake follows a repetitive structure, which will help young children to understand processes and instructional texts.
Read our full book review of A Great Cake
Suitable for ages: 3+ (★★★★★)
Can We Lick the Spoon Now?
Author: Carol Goess
Illustrator: Tamsin Ainslie
Publisher: Working Title Press, June 2011
Can We Lick The Spoon Now? is a delightful story about everyone’s favourite part of baking a cake: licking the spoon. The children are keen to help make a chocolate cake with their dad, but what they really want to do is lick the spoon. They wait patiently throughout the day waiting for the cake to be ready but someone beats them to it. Written with repetitive text and full of verbs (beat, whisk, whip, sift, scrape and lick), kids will be learning the lingo before they even step foot in the kitchen. Find this title in your local bookstore.
Suitable for ages 2+ (★★★★★)
Author: Amy E. Slansky
Illustrator: Talitha Shipman
Format: Board Book
Publisher: LB Kids (Little, Brown and Company), April 2011
This is a cute little board book about a parent’s love for their baby. Cupcake ingredients are used as endearments (smooth as butter) for the child and words we might usually use to describe the taste of a cake are used to describe the child (delicious and sugar-sweet). Buy
Suitable for ages 0+ (★★★)
Author: Thomas Taylor
Illustrator: Jill Barton
Publisher: Boxer Books, October 2010
Publisher’s Description: Little Mouse is scurrying along one day when he finds something wonderful – a chocolate chip, raspberry cream cupcake! It looks delicious, but it’s much too big for Little Mouse to carry home on his own. So one by one, Little Mouse asks bird, frog, mole and his other friends if they can lift it. They all agree to help, but only after having a taste of the yummy cake. Will there be any left for Little Mouse once his friends have all taken a bite? A delicious story of friendship and sharing with a wonderfully satisfying ending, this book is a joy to read aloud. Buy
Suitable for ages 3+ (unrated)
Author: Emma Quay
Illustrator: Anna Walker
Publisher: Scholastic Australia, June 2010
RRP: $14.99 (aud)
Publisher’s description: Follow Owl, Panda and Sheep as they decorate cupcakes. Cake decorating has never been so much fun, or tasty!
Suitable for ages 1+ (unrated)
Author/Illustrator: Charise Mericle Harper
Publisher: Hyperion Books (Scholastic), January 2010
This is a quirky, colourful and light-hearted book for children. A plain, vanilla cupcake is quite upset after being neglected in favour of other more exciting cupcakes. He sets out on a quest with his new friend (Candle) to become something special. The journey is the most entertaining part of this story rather than the outcome of his quest, where Candle suggests Cupcake should try such toppings as pickles, spaghetti and smelly cheese. The illustrations are a visual delight and invite much interaction from the reader. As an extra bonus, you’ll also find a cupcake recipe at the back of the book. Find this title in your local bookstore.
Suitable for ages 2+ (★★★★)
Author: Chihiro Nakagawa
Illustrator: Junji Koyose
Publisher: Front Street Books (Boyd Mills Press), September 2008
Publisher’s Description: What if the people you order your next birthday cake from are tiny and that they build cakes the way we build buildings? Tractor trailers and giant cranes, catwalks and helicopters. Hundreds of workers. Never have you seen such a construction site! Buy.
Suitable for ages 3+ (unrated)
Author: Laura Joffe Numeroff
Illustrator: Felicia Bond
Publisher: Laura Geringer Book (HarperCollins), October 2008
If you Give a Cat a Cupcake is one of the book is the ‘If you give’ series. This story starts with a little girl giving her cat a cupcake but, in line with the series’ pursuit of potential possibilities, the cat gets distracted and ends up in all sorts of places like visiting the beach and taking a karate class. Each event leads to the next until he returns home to the cupcake.
Suitable for ages 2+ (★★★)
Author: Lucy Cousins
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd, March 2009
Lift the flaps, pull the tabs, and help Maisy make a yummy cake
Suitable for ages 1+ (★★★★)
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By Marjorie Winslow and Erik Blegvad
Publisher: NYRB Children’s Collection , November 2010
This small, nostalgic book is simply magical. It provides children with inspiration and a licence to be creative. It is an adorable make-believe cookbook that harnesses the imagination of children. Recipes are set out under one of 5 courses. Recipes such as Woodchip Dip, Mud Puddle Soup, Gravel En Casserole and Dandelion Soufflé will guarantee that little boys and girls will be putting on the best tea parties for their dolls, fairies and goblins. Buy
Suitable for ages 4+ (★★★★)
By Louise Fulton Keats and recipes by Margaret Fulton
Publisher: Hardie Grant Books , April 2011
My Grandma’s Kitchen is a children’s cookbook which exudes warmth, love and an appreciation for delicious food. It is essentially two books in one; Aligned with a gorgeous little story are simple and enjoyable recipes. The story is narrated by Lulu who writes about her adventures in the kitchen alongside her Grandma and brother, George. Told in a child-like-rhyme, the story shares meals eaten, conversations spoken, fancy terminology, and cooking tips and tricks. Read our full feature view in tiny and little, Issue 3.
Find this title in your local bookstore.
Suitable for ages 3+ (★★★★★)