Book Review, Early Reader

Clever Cakes by Michael Rosen

Clever Cakes, written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Ashley King, is an appealing, colourful book containing two fun fairy tales with a twist. Published by Barrington Stoke, these stories help children age 5-8 make the jump into longer stories with a more grown-up feel.

“Clever Cakes” and “The Great Golden Belly-Button” tell the stories of Masha and Peggy – clever little girls who try to outsmart a massive, muscly bear and a grumpy, bossy king. Through their confidence and daring, they prove that brains is better than brawn and power! There’s no stopping these cunning girls who show that kids are the best and adults (and bears) had better watch out! Children will laugh out loud as they enjoy the exploits and tricks of these two super kids!

With wonderful imagery and use of beautiful figurative language, these stories are a joy to read aloud. Children will be able to play with the language and feel the rhythm and magic of the words. The traditional tale feel makes these stories comfortable but with a new modern twist. They are the kinds of stories that will last a long time and be enjoyed by many, many children. They are perfect for families, classes and groups of children to share.

Barrington Stoke makes these fantastic stories incredibly accessible for children. Through careful word choice, lightly tinted pages, readable font and the most brightly coloured illustrations, the stories leap off the page. The books are sized to fit comfortably in little hands but feel like more grown-up chapter books. They are so appealing and will be well-loved!

Special thanks to Barrington Stoke for this copy of Clever Cakes! It was released in the UK in March 2020.

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