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WHO MADE THIS CAKE? by Chihiro Nakagawa


by Chihiro Nakagawa, illustrated by Junji Koyose

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-59078-595-9
Publisher: Front Street/Boyds Mills

How would a crew of inch-high bakers make a birthday cake for an imaginative, standard-issue preschool boy? With diminutive heavy equipment, of course. Translating her own simple text from the Japanese, Nakagawa takes readers step-by-step from the excavation of hills of flour and sugar to the airlift (via helicopter) of a fancy cookie into its place amid giant strawberries and whipped cream. Debut illustrator Koyose bedecks the tiny workers in primary-hued helmets and boots. Double spreads of deliciously detailed cranes, loaders and shovels at work will engross young children, who’ll spot the successful crew spying on the family celebration from outside the dining-room windows. Other visual clues implicate the birthday-boy’s imagination in the process. Sweet, leafy endpapers depict the mini-kids at play, and the elongated trim size suits the panoramic scenes. A charming collaboration. (Picture book. 3-6)