Baby Cakes

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Baby Cakes

By Theo Heras
Illustrated by Renné Benoit
Picture Book for Children Ages 1-3
ISBN: 978-1-77278-030-7
List Price: $15.95 CAD / $13.95 USD
Hardcover with padded cover, extra heavy interior paper & reinforced trade binding
Trim Size: 20.32 x 20.32 cm / 8 x 8 inches
Pages: 24

Publication Date: October 27, 2017

Distributed in the U.S. by Ingram Publisher Services

A sweet, everyday adventure in a sturdy format that will empower wee ones to turn their own pages and inspire them to enjoy the magic of baking themselves

The sibling duo from Hat On, Hat Off are back in a new adventure, exploring and playing in the kitchen. These little ones know baking is hard work and messy work, but it sure is fun. Put on an apron, gather ingredients, measure the flour—try to keep kitty off the counter! Wash sticky fingers, and let mommy put the cakes in the oven. Waiting is the hardest part, but time flies for these playmates whose patience is rewarded with more than just baby cakes.

Presented in a sturdy hardcover format with a padded cover and extra heavy pages, Baby Cakes is a sweet and simple introduction to instructional texts for the youngest readers. As kitchen-savvy parents and educators know, baking builds math and measurement skills and encourages curiosity and exploration right at home. Try author Theo Heras’ easy and delightful cupcake recipe and enjoy illustrator Renné Benoit’s heart-warming watercolours that cherish the small and familiar moments of childhood.

Awards and Honours:
2018 Shelf Awareness, “Dogs Days” round up selection

Reviews:
“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.”—Booklist

“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.”—School Library Journal

“Although [Mommy] 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.”—Kirkus Reviews

“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!…[Baby Cakes] is great for a public library or a parent/grandparent who likes to bake.”—Resource Links

“Told in simple text by Theo Heras, charmingly illustrated on every page by Renne Benoit, and delivered in a sturdy, padded cover with stronger pages that are perfect for little hands, Baby Cakes…is especially recommended for children ages 1 to 3, making it appropriate for family, daycare center, preschool, and community library collections.”—Midwest Book Review

“Very expressive digitally created watercolor illustrations accompanied by very large bold typeface create a very endearing story.”—Youth Services Book Review

“…when I’d recently read Iris Baby Cakes, by Theo Heras and Renne Benoit, she declared, ‘That’s such a good book, Mommy.’…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 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.”—Pickle Me This

“The illustrations are cute and everyone looks like they are having fun….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.”—Canadian Bookworm

“The text is presented as short, catchy sentences and phrases and is complemented by colourful illustrations….Recommended.—CM Magazine