Children’s Book Week Review – Sometimes Cake
Sometimes Cake by Edwina Wyatt and Tamsin Ainslie
This book was part of the Notable list for the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year Awards – Picture Book of the Year.
For anyone who has ever wished for a party every day of the year, this is a story about finding your own reasons to have cake. Christopher Robin had Pooh. Calvin had Hobbes. Audrey has Lion. This is the story of two friends learning the joy of celebrating the every day because sometimes it’s important to enjoy things like Tuesdays, coconuts, orange, purple, and lions.
This is a sweet, beautiful book about celebrating life.
Our two main characters are Audrey and Lion…Audrey is human, Lion is Panthera leo (or a lion). [yes, that did make me laugh]
First, Audrey finds lion with a balloon – it is sometimes his birthday but not today. Balloons are definitely worth celebrating though.
Next, they celebrate colours and cake and days of the week but what happens when they come up against something truly terrifying – an ordinary day…well, they find something else to celebrate – ordinary days.
There is a feeling that accompanies this book – a sigh and a smile and content.
But underneath the seemingly simple book there is the message. For me that message is that there isn’t always a reason for cake or balloons or any other celebration but there is something worth celebrating every day – perhaps just a good friend who seems a bit down and might need the reminder that they are important to you.
The friendship in this is great too – each time one of them finds something to celebrate the other is welcome to add to the celebration and there is no whinging or complaining which is a definitely a reminder for us all.
The illustrations in the book are great, a mixture of drawing and watercolour. There is just as much information given in the pictures as in the text which is why this book works so well and one of the reasons it was notable in the picture book category.
Picture Book of the Year
Entries in this category should be outstanding books of the Picture Book genre in which the author and illustrator achieve artistic and literary unity or, in wordless picture books, where the story, theme or concept is unified through illustrations. Ages 0-18 years. (NB. Some of these books may be for mature readers).
I really enjoyed this book and I hope my Storytime group in Children’s Book Week does too.
I would say this book is suitable for all ages from birth and would give this book all of the stars possible.
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