Baby Cakes

illus. by Renné Benoit. 24p. Pajama Pr. Oct. 2017. Tr $13.95. ISBN 9781772780307.
PreS-Gr 1— The toddlers who starred in Hat On, Hat Off are now preparing cupcakes in the kitchen. Older sister appears to be taking charge with help from her little brother and a kitty. Using the common theme of baking with the anticipation of the tasting that comes later, Heras relates a simple tale with vocabulary stretching words and phrases ("creaming the butter"). Imperative sentences or even bits of sentences go directly to the essence of the plot: "sprinkle salt" or "wash hands." Benoit offers a wide variety of perspectives so readers can see the way the batter looks in a big bowl, while on another page, the younger boy's eyes barely peek over the top of the baking tin. Recipes for chocolate cupcakes and vanilla frosting appear on the endpapers.
VERDICT This brief story will go over well in a storytime with a cooking theme. A sweet treat that's sure to please.

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