From School Library Journal
Grade 1-3–A young woman enters every contest that comes her way–usually with disastrous results. Determined to win her town's Fourth of July cake bake, she tries some of her ideas out on the mayor, but her replica of the Boston Tea Party spews liquid in his face and her Statue of Liberty cake explodes when he lights the torch. On the big day of the contest, she arrives with a huge and elaborate confection that re-creates the town of old Boston, complete with a cobblestone street. Dressed as Paul Revere, she mounts a horse and gingerly guides it onto the cake. Suddenly, the animal rears and her entry, along with all of the others, goes flying into the air. The matter is resolved when the mayor announces that he and Donna Rae are to be married and next year, she'll be a judge, not a contestant in the bake-off. With detail and humor, the richly hued illustrations capture the look and feel of small-town America in a not-so-distant past. The art and the folksy telling are like a cross between a county fair and The Music Man. Children may enjoy the silliness of the pictures but are unlikely to relate to the competition, the mayor's affections for Donna Rae, or the neat and tidy resolution.–Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA
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Gr. 1-3. Donna Rae makes an entire riverfront out of cake, with a harbor of tea, for the Fourth of July cake bake, but when she invites the mayor over for a preview, tea splashes everywhere. Undaunted, she constructs a Statue of Liberty cake, but when the mayor lights the torch, it explodes (and singes off his mustache). Her final cake construction is of the entire town of Boston, with Donna Rae herself as Paul Revere. It comes to an even more spectacular end, but the mayor proposes to Donna Rae, ensuring that she will be judge rather than contestant the following year. This lightly amusing tale takes place in a sort of generic mid-twentieth-century small town. Vivid colors and sharp, glossy edges give a hyperrealistic aura to the art. GraceAnne DeCandidoCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved