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Marigold Bakes a Cake Hardcover – July 18, 2017
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"This book contains the perfect recipe for fun. The watercolor illustrations are impeccable. . . This humorous book would be ideal for a storytime reading."--School Library Journal
"Malbrough’s watercolor illustrations are full of charmingly zany details, from dapper Marigold’s polka-dot bow tie to the chocolate splatters after the birds take over the cake making, and the creatures’ over-the-top facial expressions amp up the comedy. Playful rhymes and surprising page turns make this a great pick for a group storytime, and the comical ending . . . will be a valuable one for kiddos."--Booklist
"Debut talent Malbrough celebrates the act of culinary creation and the joy of being absorbed in a personal passion—and, like the best desserts, he doesn’t let his story get too sweet. In one of many lovely watercolor spreads, Marigold blends glossy curls of shaved chocolate and a ribbon of molasses into the batter. . . Doing what one loves, Malbrough shows, makes it possible to transcend even the basest instincts."--Publishers Weekly
"Clever text follows the illustrations around the page, swirling with chocolate shavings and molasses as Marigold mixes his batter. The lush, textured watercolors match the energy of the story . . . Kids will giggle over the antics of both cat and birds during readalouds and will find plenty of humorous details to discover in the illustrations on their own."--BCCB
About the Author
Mike Malbrough (www.mikemalbrough.com) was a freelance graphic designer, comic book artist, performer and teacher with a career spanning two decades before beginning his career as a picture book author-illustrator. He is the director of ORNG Ink, an after-school studio for young artists, and has received several awards and honors for his work in the community with children and teens. Mike lives in Orange, New Jersey, with his wife, two adventurous kids, and a cat named Agnes who hates him. Follow Mike on Twitter @studiomalbrough.
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As someone who reads a ton of picture books every year, for a book to really stand out and become an instant favorite, it has to have a wonderful story and illustrations that I can't get enough of. Plus, you know - adorable cats as main characters are a plus, too.
So when I picked up Marigold Bakes a Cake by Mike Malbrough, I felt like a little kid again - this perfectly written and illustrated gem became one of the most fun and exciting books that I have come across in such a long time!
Marigold the cat has a great system going - he has a very organized calendar, with his Mondays reserved for his favorite activity - baking delicious cakes!
This particular Monday, he is baking something amazing. As he begins getting his ingredients ready, he is full of happiness, which only increases the more he breaks eggs, measures out flour, and stirs. However, when he goes to add another ingredient, he finds himself adding a smidgen...of pigeon? Once Marigold politely asks the pigeon to leave, he returns to baking, only to find himself accosted by yet another bird - this time a finch!
Hilarity ensues as Marigold attempts to bake his cake and keep is calm, but the birds are having none of it! So in the end, should he give up baking, or just attempt to teach the birds how to bake, too?
If you or your little ones are cat lovers, this is definitely the book for you. My seven and four year old daughters absolutely love cats, and they found this book to be one of the funniest they've come across yet. I also love cats, and Mike Malbrough's illustrations and entertaining story really come to live and deliver a one of a kind picture book that will have you laughing every single time you read!
This is one of the most creative books for kids that I have come across. It's filled with humor, colorful illustrations, and an engaging story that kids of all ages will want to jump in on. I'm an adult and even I found this book to be funny and cute, and it may or may not have earned a place on my personal favorites shelf. Also, I may or may not read this almost every day, even when the kids aren't around.
Marigold Bakes a Cake is the perfect book for kids, but it is even better for adults who want to remember what it is like to be entertained by a sweet, funny story and delightful pictures that will brighten your spirits in a heartbeat.
Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
At first this read as an oddly anticlimactic conclusion (though hilarious) and I wasn't sure how I felt. Upon further reflection I've realized that this book fills a much-needed void in kids lit. How often have you read a picture book in which the characters try, and try again, and still fail? It always seems to magically work out. But that isn't how real life works. So I've come to decide that I love that the birds try to bake, and fail miserably. And that Marigold decides to try to teach them, and that fails miserably too. Because kids need to be equipped to fail. Failure produces growth, and you learn important things about yourself through failure. So this is a great book to use when talking to kids about failure, boundaries, and limits. Clearly Marigold knows what he needs in his life, he's structured careful boundaries and we find out why. Boundaries are good. We need to block out us time and not over-schedule ourselves. So, yay Marigold for being a good example of having healthy boundaries. (He does have to learn to be flexible, though, too.) Back to failure. I think it is important that Marigold gives the birds a chance, and a second chance, but then they all realize this isn't going to work out. Kids need to know it is ok to fail, need to not give up right away but know when to quit, and it's important for all of us to realize what we are and aren't gifted at. Have kids imagine how things work out after the story. Do the birds just need a different teacher or will they just leave the baking to others? Will they find a new hobby? What are they good at?
*This book was provided for an honest review
Marigold Bakes a Cake by Mike Malbrough is a fun children’s book that takes us on a journey with Marigold, an orange tabby cat from the looks of it. Marigold is very particular about his stuff, he likes things a certain way and certain days of the week are meant for specific things. This book takes place on a Monday- Marigold’s favorite day. It is his favorite because Mondays are baking days which is time to be alone with no distractions nor exceptions; except this isn’t a normal Monday for Marigold. This time, there are birds that want to bake with him but they come in at the worst possible time and each interaction leaves him a little more frazzled. By the end of the day, Marigold decides to try to teach the birds how to bake, but how well can that turn out? The illustrations in Marigold Bakes a Cake are done in watercolor so it adds a uniqueness to the pictures that children will love to look at. I read this book with my 3 and 4 year olds and they love it- so much so that we must read it multiple times a day. It’s always fun to see the shenanigans that the birds pull on poor Marigold.