A Piece of Cake

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Mouse has baked a special treat for Little Bird's birthday! But delivering it to his friend isn't easy—not when everyone he meets along the way offers to trade something for a piece of cake. . . .

New York Times bestselling illustrator LeUyen Pham whips up a surprising and clever story about kindness, creativity, generosity, and friendship.

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Overview

Mouse has baked a special treat for Little Bird's birthday! But delivering it to his friend isn't easy—not when everyone he meets along the way offers to trade something for a piece of cake. . . .

New York Times bestselling illustrator LeUyen Pham whips up a surprising and clever story about kindness, creativity, generosity, and friendship.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/10/2014
Pham tries out a new look for this birthday-themed story—her animal characters would fit right in with J.P. Miller’s The Little Red Hen and other Little Golden Book favorites. While the aesthetic may be proudly retro and the plot trajectory familiar, clever and funny twists subvert expectations every step of the way. The story follows Mouse to Little Bird’s home as he attempts to deliver a homemade birthday cake. Along the way, Mouse meets four animals who want to trade items with him for a slice of cake. Chicken, surrounded by eggs, naturally offers Mouse... a cork. Cow has bottles of milk to spare, but wants to trade... a flyswatter. Pham’s story comes into its own as Mouse and Little Bird return to Mouse’s house and regift each weird item in ingenious ways. Bear needs something to swat away the bees attracted to his honey pots, so Little Bird naturally offers him... the cork, just the thing to trap the bees inside their hive (sorry bees). The value of kindness, quick thinking, and a good attitude shine through. Ages 4–8. Agent: Linda Pratt, Wernick & Pratt. (June)
Booklist
“Captured in warm and bright illustrations that anthropomorphize animal friends, this story about doing the right thing and the power of friendship is a strong choice for story hours and classroom read-alouds.”
School Library Journal
05/01/2014
PreS-Gr 2—A delightful story about friendship and cooperation. Who would think a very kind mouse would have such a difficult journey delivering a cake to his bird friend for his birthday? Along the way, he meets a squirrel, a chicken, a cow, and a bear, and all want to trade something for pieces of this special treat. The mouse ends up with a cork, a wire, a net, and a flyswatter—but no cake. Little Bird, however, knows that the items will be useful to someone, and more trades are made, leaving all of the animals satisfied and with enough ingredients to make another cake. This book has broad appeal and is great for preschool storytime and for beginning readers. The whimsical cartoon illustrations in bright colors feature appealing animals set against plenty of white space, making them stand out at a distance.—Susan Mcclellan, Coraopolis Memorial Library, PA
Kirkus Reviews
2014-03-17
Bringing his friend a birthday surprise isn't exactly a piece of cake for Mouse. Mouse bakes a delicious birthday cake for his friend, Little Bird, but as he takes the walk to deliver it to Little Bird's house, various animals along the way entice him to share pieces with them. In return, they offer him miscellaneous tokens of thanks. He feels bad when he arrives at Little Bird's house with a cork from Chicken, a wire from Squirrel, a butterfly net from Bear and a flyswatter from Cow, but Little Bird has a big plan. It turns out each animal who was eager to swap something for cake needs something that another animal traded. By fulfilling these needs, Little Bird and Mouse obtain ingredients to make a new cake—milk from Cow, honey from Bear, nuts from Squirrel and eggs from Chicken. The fun comes with the surprising solutions that Little Bird and Mouse offer: They don't give Bear a flyswatter to shoo away the bees swarming near the honey he's collected, for example; they give him the cork to plug up the hive. (Here's hoping Bear removes it when he leaves, or that's the last honey he'll be collecting.) Digitally colored pencil illustrations lack the sketchy, expressive charm of Pham's Big Sister, Little Sister (2005) and instead adopt a flat, humorous cartoonish quality that's reminiscent of some of illustrator Peter Brown's work. A treat of a birthday picture book. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061992643
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/27/2014
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 416,661
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

LeUyen Pham is an avid baker herself. Her favorite cake to make is tourteau fromager, or French cheesecake (though she still hasn't mastered it yet!). LeUyen is the author and illustrator of All the Things I Love About You and Big Sister, Little Sister. She has illustrated many other picture books, including the New York Times bestsellers Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio and Freckleface Strawberry by Julianne Moore. She lives with her husband and young cake-loving sons in San Francisco, California.

LeUyen Pham is an avid baker herself. Her favorite cake to make is tourteau fromager, or French cheesecake (though she still hasn't mastered it yet!). LeUyen is the author and illustrator of All the Things I Love About You and Big Sister, Little Sister. She has illustrated many other picture books, including the New York Times bestsellers Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio and Freckleface Strawberry by Julianne Moore. She lives with her husband and young cake-loving sons in San Francisco, California.

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