BEVERLY BILLINGSLY TAKES THE CAKE by Alexander Stadler

BEVERLY BILLINGSLY TAKES THE CAKE

Age Range: 3 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Beverly meets her match in a caramel-candy castle cake, a generous present she’s making for a friend’s birthday. It nearly undoes her until her mother lends a hand in Stadler’s fourth outing with the engaging young bear. Beverly decides to make her classmate a birthday cake to remember, one she swoons simply thinking about. It will be majestic, but also a piece of work, her mother warns her. When her mother leaves the kitchen for a second, Beverly puts the batter in the pans and slips them in the oven, Clever Beverly, except she forgot to grease the pans. Disaster is averted when her mother has an idea and Beverly brings it to life. It’s a nice touch to have Mom coming to the rescue; Beverly doesn’t have to have all the answers and moms are supposed to be there in times of need. Stadler’s party-colored artwork, with its thick, raw, black outlining manages to convey a tender vulnerability in all its guilelessness. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-15-205357-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Gulliver/Harcourt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2005




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