Wilson (Bear Snores On) and Hillenbrand (Smash! Mash! Crash! There Goes the Trash!) cook up a sweet and jaunty picture book. Their protagonist, Granddad, falls in the bigger-is-better camp, at least when it comes to his wife's birthday celebration. Despite her protestations ("Don't make a fuss, you hear?"), Granddad has an itching to whip up one heck of a confection in her honor. With two canine sous chefs, Granddad gets to super-sizing a chocolate cake recipe that ends up baking in the pick-up truck bed rather than in the tiny conventional oven. Kids will delight in Wilson's bouncy rhyming stanzas flavored with down-home vernacular and the slapdash slinging and flinging of eggs (86), flour (10 bags) and cocoa (24 cups) by Granddad and pups in playfully energetic mixed-media spreads. No one can argue with Granddad's defense to his astonished birthday gal: "Your heart's so big, you deserve a whopper cake!" A chocolate cake recipe (of realistic proportions), with directions in the couple's dialect, is included. Ages 4-8. (July)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Whopper Cakeby Karma Wilson, Will Hillenbrand
Today is Grandma's birthday,
and Granddad has an ichin',
to bake a WHOPPER
and traumatize the kitchen!
Join the madcap frenzy of making the biggest cake in the world! And the biggest...mess!
Wilson's goofy rhymes and enthusiasm for things big and beautiful were previously experienced through the fancy footwork of a hippopotamus in Hilda Must Be Dancing (S & S, 2004). Here, the author successfully applies the same elements to describe how Grandpa concocts a "whopper chocolate cake" for Grandma's birthday. The scope of his love requires that he use a pickup truck for a bowl, an oar to stir the ingredients, and an army of neighbors bearing shovels to spread the icing. With a technique mirroring Jackson Pollock's approach to a drip painting, the crew creates a mouthwatering masterpiece. Rendered in ink and egg tempera, Hillenbrand's illustrations spill off the spreads. The artwork is further enlivened by the texture offered by the canvas surface and the depth created by the contrasting of full-color foreground paintings with sepia background sketches. Full-bodied figures decked out in '70s paisleys and prints, a flower-powered VW driven by the matriarch, and high-energy compositions make this a surefire crowd pleaser. The programming possibilities are numerous; this title will easily mix with books on birthdays, grandparents, tall tales, or cooking, to name a few. Chocolate cake aficionados should be sure to follow the appended recipe, not the one invented by Grandpa!
Wendy LukehartCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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- 4 - 8 Years
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