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 kitchenand 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 recipefor a normal-size chocolate cake, alas. Mattson, Jennifer
About the Author
Karma Wilson’s picture books include the international bestseller Bear Snores On
, Bear Wants More
, Bear Stays Up for Christmas
, and Mortimer’s Christmas Manger
, all illustrated by Jane Chapman; A Frog in the Bog
, illustrated by Joan Rankin; Hilda Must Be Dancing
and Bear Hugs
, illustrated by Suzanne Watts; and Who Goes There?
, illustrated by Anna Currey. She lives with her family in Fortine, Montana. Visit Karma at KarmaWilson.com.