Mix whimsy with a daughter’s love, throw in a touch of the fantastical and add a smidgen of the supernatural and what do you get? A perfectly divine cake and a tender story about one girl’s magical attempts to fix her mother a very special birthday cake. Having recalled Mr. Watson’s illustrations in “One Wintry Night”, it was an absolute delight to find them again here. This quietly moving story is enlivened with his vivid illustrations that swirl and leap off the page. Mr. Watson clearly knows what he’s doing. Bold colors are artfully juxtaposed with large white spaces; the effect is a subtle one that reinforces the values of words AND pictures. The little girl’s story about her efforts to fix this cake is actually one of modern family and old-fashioned tradition. The tale blends the recipes her great-grandmother collected (as well as articles of crime that contain a touch of the absurd) with mundane incidents of disastrous family visits and a surprising visit from a trio of greedy angels. This is a sweet story (and not just because of the titular confection) and one that deserves to be read aloud. The included recipe for angel food dessert is the icing on the cake.
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