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Baby Cakes “perfectly captures the fleeting nature of these small familiar moments of curious children” says Resource Links

Posted on December 26th, 2017 by pajamapress

BabyCakes_Website“Rating: E…Young children will be eager to try out baking in the kitchen after reading this sweet [padded cover] book. Baby Cakes is written in simple and accessible language, and delivered in a sturdy format for young hands. Recipes are included as well as lots of admonitions for baking with an adult.

For both children and adults, Renné Benoit’s adroit and totally appealing illustrations of childhood are another treat and she perfectly captures the fleeting nature of these small familiar moments of curious children… and cats!…[T]his is great for a public library or a parent/grandparent who likes to bake.”

Thematic Links: Baking
—Anne Letain

Read the full review on page 6 of the December 2017 issue of Resource Links Magazine

Pickle Me This said “the recipe inside [Baby Cakes] makes for a nice extension of the book…inspiring the reader to try something new”

Posted on November 20th, 2017 by pajamapress

BabyCakes_Website“…when I’d recently read Iris Baby Cakes, by Theo Heras and Renne Benoit, she’d declared, ‘That’s such a good book, Mommy.’ Mostly because she’s obsessed with cupcakes, but still. Plus there was a recipe for cupcakes in the endpapers; I said, ‘We’ve got to make these.’ And so on Saturday night, we did.

This book would make a great Christmas gift from 3-5-year-olds. With simple vocabulary, a brother and sister work together to make cupcakes (with the unhelpful assistance of their pet cat). The story lists the equipment necessary—‘Here are a big bowl and measuring cups and spoons.’—and goes through the recipe, ‘Sprinkle salt, but not too much.’ And ‘Creaming the butter is hard work.’ And is it ever! The recipe inside makes for a nice extension of the book, bringing the story to life and inspiring the reader to try something new. That the brother and sister in the story bake together without the help of grown-ups (except for with the oven) inspires independence. Plus, the cupcakes were delicious.”

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Canadian Bookworm says “everyone looks like they are having fun [in the kitchen]” in Baby Cakes

Posted on November 17th, 2017 by pajamapress

BabyCakes_Website“This picture book shows a young child and the family cat helping mom make cupcakes….The illustrations are cute and everyone looks like they are having fun. It’s a nice idea for kids who like to help in the kitchen….[T]here has been much discussion of late of more children’s books where the children can see themselves in the books they read, requiring more diverse characters in kids’ books, especially where the characters are just themselves without commentary on race or ethnicity and I was pleased to see this book as a great example of filling that need.”

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School Library Journal calls Baby Cakes “A sweet treat that’s sure to please”

Posted on October 5th, 2017 by pajamapress

BabyCakes_Website“PreS-Gr 1–The toddlers who starred in Hat On, Hat Off are now preparing cupcakes in the kitchen….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.”
—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA

Read the full review in the October 2017 issue of School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews calls Baby Cakes “A recipe for success”

Posted on October 3rd, 2017 by pajamapress

BabyCakes_Website“The declarative, sometimes imperative text is as straightforward as a recipe…The children have straight black hair and brown skin; Mommy, visible only as a pair of hands lifting Kitty away from the flour, also has brown skin. Although she is in the kitchen, the focus is on the children’s activities, and the use of low-tech tools—they cream the butter by hand, hence the ‘hard work’—ensures that they can be active participants rather than bystanders….Benoit’s art features distinct outlines, rounded figures, and soft colors—the mutual affection is apparent on every page. A recipe for success.”

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Booklist says Baby Cakes “makes baking look like so much fun”

Posted on September 11th, 2017 by pajamapress

BabyCakes_Website“The little boy’s expressive face fills many spreads, looking content while licking sugar from his fingers, or inquisitive while big sister creams butter in a bowl. This pleasant book makes baking look like so much fun that kiddos are likely to be inspired to try to help out in the kitchen.”
—Sarah Hunter

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Best Books for Kids & Teens featured nine Pajama Press books, including five Starred Selections, in the Spring 2017 issue

Posted on May 15th, 2017 by pajamapress

Pajama Press is very proud to announce that nine of our Spring 2017 books are featured in the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books for Kids & Teens.

Adrift at Sea by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch with Tuan Ho and illustrated by Brian Deines is a Starred Selection

 

All the World a Poem by Gilles Tibo and illustrated by Manon Gauthier is a Starred Selection

 

Hat On, Hat Off by Theo Heras and illustrated by Renne Benoit is a selection

 

How Do You Feel? by Rebecca Bender is a selection

 

Rhino Rumpus by Victoria Allenby and illustrated by Tara Anderson is a Starred Selection

 

When the Rain Comes by Alma Fullerton and illustrated by Kim La Fave is a Starred Selection

 

Timo’s Party by Victoria Allenby and illustrated by Dean Griffiths is a selection

 

RootBeerCandyAndOtherMiracles_WebsiteRoot Beer Candy and Other Miracles by Shari Green is a Starred Selection

 

NextRound_WebsiteNext Round: A Young Athlete’s Journey to Gold by John Spray is a selection

Congratulations to all of our authors, and our sincerest thanks to the Canadian Children’s Book Centre and Friesens for their continued dedication to promoting childhood literacy and quality children’s literature.

 

Hat On, Hat Off “humourously captures the complexities of getting a toddler dressed” says the National Reading Campaign

Posted on April 26th, 2017 by pajamapress

HatOnHatOff_1000px“In Hat On, Hat Off, Toronto author and librarian Theo Heras humourously captures the complexities of getting a toddler dressed and ready to go outside….Renné Benoit’s softly hued, realistic watercolour illustrations extend Theo Heras’s simple, conversational text. Subtle swatches of knitting patterns appear in background details. The little boy’s stuffed pal Bunny also wears a hat, brightly decorated with a carrot novelty print. The book’s design is very appealing to little hands, with a soft padded cover, and rounded corners. Infinitely relatable, Hat On, Hat Off is a warm, slice-of-life adventure that is perfect for sharing.”
—Linda Ludke

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Hat On, Hat Off “has a potential interactive quality that little ones are sure to enjoy” says Canadian Children’s BookNews

Posted on March 17th, 2017 by pajamapress

HatOnHatOff_1000px“A toddler’s big sister tries to get him ready to go out, but there are so many hats to choose from. And so many things to remember.…

Theo Heras uses spare and simple language to tell a story that toddlers and preschoolers (and certainly their parents and caregivers) are sure to recognize. Renné Benoit’s soft illustrations bring the antics to life. From the assortment of fun and funky hats piled up in a basket to the facial expressions of the toddler in question, Benoit demonstrates an eye for details that matter.

…This book has a potential interactive quality that little ones are sure to enjoy.”

Read the full review on page 31 of the Spring 2017 issue of Canadian Children’s BookNews

Hat On, Hat Off should be in “all libraries” says Youth Services Book Review

Posted on December 9th, 2016 by pajamapress

HatOnHatOff_1000pxExcerpt: “All libraries [should buy this book]”—Youth Services Book Review

Full Text:Format: Hardcover/Board book

Rating: (1-5, 5 is a starred review) 3

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book? The format of this book is a cross between a hardcover and a board book. The cover is padded and the pages are very thick cardboard, but not as thick as a board book. This is a book about a little boy who puts his hat on and takes it off many times during the day, depending on his activity. One page has a full picture and the facing page has the text, which is geared to very young toddlers….

To Whom Would You Recommend this book? This is for toddlers, 1-3

Who should buy this book? All libraries

Where would you shelve it? Children’s Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Sandra Pacheco, ESL teacher, Washington, D.C.”

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