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Who Made This Cake? Hardcover – September 1, 2008
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2—This story begins before the title page, as a worker takes an order over the phone. As the tale progresses, a miniature construction crew uses various vehicles to assemble cooking ingredients, mix a batter, pour it into a pan, load it into an oven, and then ice the final product: a birthday cake. Nakagawa's text employs an economy of words and simple sentences to supplement Koyose's detailed artwork, which is the heart of the book. Done in black ink lines and bright colors, the illustrations bustle with tiny workers wearing hard hats and matching boots. The ending shows a mother presenting the human-size cake to her child. This delightful picture book will be popular with fans of construction stories and makes a good choice for one-on-one sharing.—Lynn K. Vanca, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Richfield, OH
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In this picture book’s framework story, a woman orders a cake on the title page and, in the end, presents it to her son for his birthday. The real action happens in between, though, as a team of tiny cake-construction workers uses some serious-looking miniature equipment, including dump trucks and cranes fitted with mixing whips. Even cracking an egg is a challenging engineering feat for people who are barely as tall as the yolk. The activities of these cheerful little folk will fascinate young children, especially those enthralled by Legos and the like. The minimal text (usually one sentence per double-page spread) consists of comments such as “Pour the mixture in the pan. / Load it in the oven. / Press the button, and let’s take a break. / Mmmm, it smells good! WATCH OUT!” The pleasing artwork features precise ink drawings, tinted with bright colors that glow against clean, white backgrounds. It’s the visual storytelling here that is most absorbing. Preschool-Grade 1. --Carolyn Phelan
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One neat little thing about the book is that just about every page, there is a little guy who has fallen down on the ground. It's kind of like a "Where's Waldo" game. We find the "oopsy" guy who fell down. We still can't find him on one page, but we'll keep looking!
THis book is a real boy's book, one where a little boy can get lost in the fantasy of the images. There are not a lot of wrds. Basically its an imaginary world where this little little people, may be an 1" high make a cake for us regular sized folks. So they use minature equipment to handle life sized eggs butter and equipment.
My son just loves to look at this book with me and sometimes I'llread the words, add my own story, or we'll discuss it or he'll tell me. I love this book. Great for your boy
vehicles are doing. The illustrations are detailed and perfect to encourage anyone's imagination for more story telling.