WHOPPER CAKE by Karma Wilson

WHOPPER CAKE

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Age Range: 5 - 9
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Written in verse, Wilson’s original, folksy tall tale is given an industrial-strength boost from Hillenbrand’s big, exuberant artwork. It’s Grandma’s birthday, and Grandpa (who looks remarkably like Eric Carle) wants to bake a cake. Not just any cake—a whopper cake. When a table-sized bowl proves too small for the enormous amounts of sugar and flour, Grandpa transfers the mixture to the bed of his pick-up truck, stirs in more ingredients with an oar, and then drives to town with his trusted canine assistants. In one visual slip, the ice cream Grandpa gets for the top of the cake—now the size of a small house—is missing from the pictures. Opening with birthday balloons and splattered chocolate batter, Hillenbrand combines candy-colored egg tempura paintings with sepia-toned line drawings in jaunty double-page spreads. Judiciously sprinkled with patterns, the compositions are full but never busy. The language of the recipe for a junior-sized version of the dessert is a bit corny, but after engaging with the tale’s good-humored action, kids will be watering at the mouth. (Picture book. 5-9)

Pub Date: July 10th, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-689-83844-6
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: McElderry
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 2007




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