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Whopper Cake Hardcover – July 10, 2007

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On Grandma's birthday, she makes this pronouncement: Now listen up, / don't make a fuss, you hear? / Land sakes! I swear your cakes are / getting bigger every year. But Grandpa has an itchin' . . . to traumatize the kitchen—and a vision too big to be contained by spousal directives, kitchen, pan, or oven. Writing in bouncy verses, the author of Bear Snores On (2003) and others chronicles the ensuing, supersize baking project as Grandpa swaps spoon for oar and blends his batter in a pickup truck. The story isn't as layered as its enormous, sun-baked dessert, but the tall-tale premise provides lots of grist for Hillenbrand's oversize paintings, which capture the messy, experimental energy of a baker gone berserk and cast everything in a decorator's sugary hues. A closing message about cleanup is well placed, especially given the impetus to traumatize the kitchen provided by the appended recipe—for a normal-size chocolate cake, alas. Mattson, Jennifer

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Karma Wilson is the bestselling author of several picture books for Simon & Schuster, including the Bear series and Where Is Home, Little Pip? Karma lives in Montana.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; 1st edition (June 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689838441
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689838446
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I borrowed this book from the library anticipating a fun but forgettable read, and was very pleased when the story and illustrations greatly exceeded my expectations. But never mind the story. While other reviewers have enthusiastically described this humorous tall tale, no one else seems to have tried the recipe. I'm here to tell you that IT'S DELICIOUS! The Whopper Cake has become our family's favorite chocolate cake recipe---slathered with thick, fudgy, homemade-from-scratch chocolate frosting, it's the perfect cake for birthday parties and other large, festive gatherings. Best of all, it's so easy to make that a child could do it, with very little help from a grown-up. This book would make a wonderful birthday gift---terrific story, terrific cake recipe. What more could you want?
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This is one of my two-year-old son's favorite books. We first checked it out from the library, and he wouldn't let us take it back! We later gave it to him as a gift. Highly recommended for youngsters; the cake recipe in the back of the book gives the kids a chance to learn that cakes don't have to come from a box.
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Great illustrations and a fun rhyme combine for another great book from Karma Wilson. I'm buying extra copies to give as gifts, it's the perfect birthday gift!
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We love a good read-aloud book, and this one fits the bill! The rhymes are fun, the story is full of zany humor, and the bright and cheerful illustrations add more enjoyment in the details. My children have listened to the book, read the book to me, and insisted that Daddy should hear it, and we have been entertained each time.

My favorite part of the book is the phrase "traumatize the kitchen" -- it paints a vivid picture, and I love it when children's books don't shy away from words that children might not know yet. My least favorite parts of the book are the frequent Beverly Hillbillies-style asides at the ends of the verses, e.g., "(Ten bags, that is ...)." The repeated interruption of the book's rhythm is annoying after a while. The author's use of dialect doesn't bother me in the least; children recognize non-standard use of language as such, and it adds to the over-the-top atmosphere of the book.

We haven't yet tried the Whopper Cake recipe in the book, but my children love to read the recipe page, too!
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My daughter (now seven) has loved this book for over two years now. She loves the story of the older man making a whopper sized cake for his wife's birthday. The exaggerations are comical. The wonderful illustrations really do the story line justice. Written in rhyme, this is a fun read aloud. The book has a recipe for a "whopper cake" in the back. We have made it many times. I always have to cook it a lot longer than it says, but it's tasty!
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We took this book out of the library for my kindergartener's "Readathon" event at school. We thought it was adorable. Then I brought it in to read to her whole class when she was "Friend of the Week". It was a big hit. The whole class loved it and laughed... her teacher, too! Great rhythm and rhyming!
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This book is a fun, over-the-top read for kids of all ages. It is a sweet story of doing something nice for those we love, while getting into funny antics along the way. My daughter thinks the gigantic cake is hilarious and likes seeing the dogs helping out with the process in the funny pictures.
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