Stir Crack Whisk Bake: A Little Book about Little Cakes

Sourcebooks Explore. Sept. 2019. 24p. Board $9.99. ISBN 9781492677734.
PreS-K–Baking cupcakes is so much fun. Today is special because it is a day to make cupcakes, and every utensil in the kitchen is ready to help. First, all of the ingredients have to be set out on the counter. Then, they are all measured into bowls and combined: wet ingredients in one bowl, dry ingredients in another. To finish up, the bowls’ contents have to be combined and poured into pans to bake. After the cupcakes cool, it is time to add the finishing touches of frosting and sprinkles before savoring each scrumptious bite. Fans of Hervé Tullet’s Press Here will adore the interactivity of this book. Each page encourages readers to participate in the process of baking, from dragging ingredients one by one onto the counter to blowing a kiss and making sprinkles appear. No two pages demand the same action, keeping readers guessing from one page to the next. Colorful, familiar kitchen utensils with friendly faces captivate readers’ attention, inspiring many return visits to this book. The short, simple sentences are presented as complements to the illustrations and expertly guide readers through the actions required in baking. Constructed on board pages, this book is sure to withstand countless rereadings and inevitable time in the kitchen.
VERDICT This wonderfully interactive, non-messy introduction to baking, though especially designed for preschoolers, will be an instant hit with readers of all ages.

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