Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2018
How on earth do you resist the most amazing cake ever?
Especially when your mum has left a note saying that you MUST NOT eat the cake? One little girl is about to find out just how hard it can be to resist temptation….
Written in Simon Philip’s catchy rhyming style and illustrated with vitality and humour by Italian illustrator Lucia Gaggiotti, I Really Want the Cake is a laugh-aloud funny, mouth-watering delight.
British children’s author Simon Philip was born in Chichester where he still lives (although he insists he does leave occasionally to buy milk). His hilarious, inventive picture books You Must Bring a Hat, I Don’t Know What to Call My Cat and I Really Want the Cake have become quick favourites with Waterstones booksellers.Lucia Gaggiotti is an Italian designer and illustrator living and working in Italy and London. Influenced by nature’s colours, traditional children’s illustrations and decorative and craft work, Lucia’s artwork is an enchanting mix of Italian design and worldwide folk art.
Publisher: Templar Publishing
Number of pages: 40
Weight: 225 g
Dimensions: 266 x 228 x 5 mm
I Really Want the Cake by Simon Philip and Lucia Gaggiotti, published by Templar Books is a delicious picture book all about the love of cake which has been nominated for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2018. Some of us are fine tuned to sniff out that homely smell of a cake baking and the little girl in this story is no exception. As soon as the unmistakable scent starts drifting through the house her nose starts twitching, and one peek into the kitchen confirms her suspicions. There on the table is a huge, gooey, chocolate cake. However, just as she brandishes her spoon for a bite of that sweet treat she notices it comes with an unwanted side dish in the shape of a note from her mum telling her: "YOU MUST NOT EAT THE CAKE". This. Is. Torture. She tries everything in her power to forget about the cake but the craving is just too strong... One nibble, turns to a bite and before you know it, the cake is gone. Instantly feeling guilty and with the help of her little dog she sets about making a very messy amends. Wild and vibrant illustrations match the little girls impulsive character perfectly and we love the wide range of expressive emotions she goes through. A fast-paced and funny read that is sure to delight young readers who will no doubt sympathise with her predicament. * Acorn Books *
I Really Want the Cake is a delight - pure joy from start to finish. The rhyming verse with its cake refrain is great fun to read aloud and I can vouch that it stands up to repeated readings (my son always asks to hear the book at least twice on the bounce). The story is one of temptation. Mom has made a magnificent chocolate cake and then gone out, leaving her daughter strict instructions: she must not eat the cake. This is too much for the little girl and her pet dog to bear. They try hard to resist. They leave the kitchen and employ all sorts of distraction techniques but the lure of the chocolate cake is too strong. I absolutely love Lucia Gaggiotti's illustrations; they are so full of energy and humour and really bring the story alive. She has given us a wonderfully expressive main character with many different guises. One minute she's dancing as she smells chocolate cake wafting from the kitchen, the next she's a gun-slinging Wild West hero (the gun in her holster replaced with a fork and spoon). She is also a Chinese warrior, explorer and superhero. This is a funny, highly entertaining picture book. Grab yourself a copy - you're in for a treat. * Get Kids Into Books *
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