Peapod’s Picks/KLTR – Birthday Cake!

Peapod’s Picks is a weekly(ish) round up of some of the books we’ve been enjoying recently.

It’s ages since I’ve linked up with Kids Love to Read for it (sorry) – between one thing and another I just hit out of the loop, but I’m linking up with them again for this week’s post too!

KLTR is hosted by Book Bairn, Acorn Books and Laura’s Lovely Blog and is a monthly link up to share kid’s book posts.

It was Peapod’s 2nd birthday yesterday (how is he 2 already?!)

Last year I posted about our tradition of buying a special, ‘to keep’ book each birthday or Christmas – Peapod, unsurprisingly, gets SO MANY books day to day that it’s nice to still give him a bookish present that feels extra special.

This year, he’s been mad on Mog and The Tiger Who Came to Tea so his special book gift was The Judith Kerr treasury.

But it’s cake we’re hear to talk about today! Specifically, cake in picture books.

In the run up to his birthday, Peapod has been mostly getting excited about cake…

… He’s made cake in his kitchen, in the sand and in the water, and we’ve read lots of cake-themed books to get in the birthday cake-eating mood!

He’s been enjoying reading Postman Bear by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler in his kitchen and making a cake like Bear does for his birthday.

He’s a big fan of these lift the flap Acorn Wood board books, with woodland creatures hiding behind the ‘doors’, plenty to infer, predict and and talk about and lots to spot in Axel’s inimitable illustrations.

I’ve enjoyed revisiting my own childhood with A Piece of Cake by Jill Murphy. You can’t beat her ability to really capture family life and in particular the adults’ points of view in ways that are warm, funny and relatable.

Here Mrs Large is trying to get the family on a diet, much to their dismay, but a cake sent from Granny proves too much temptation for all providing a funny and uplifting ending!

Mini Rabbit Not Lost by John Bond has made a comeback into our regular bedtime reads as Mini Rabbit hunts for berries to make a cake. This book is hilarious (as is its follow up) and we’re big Mini Rabbit fans here! You can read a full review of this here.

I Really Want the Cake by Simon Philip and Lucia Gaggiotti has also joined our bedtime reads. I thought I’d reviewed this previously but I haven’t! (though you can read my review of follow up book I Really Want to Win here)

Written in perfectly flowing, rhythmic rhyming and almost-repetitive text, we see a little girl trying to fight the temptation to eat a delicious looking chocolate cake her mum has left in the kitchen, along with strict instructions not to touch!

Inevitably, cake wins and on finding herself with a problem, our brilliant protagonist decides she’ll just have to make a replacement cake for her mum with hilarious results.

I’m a huge fan of these books and it has been a scream reading this at bedtimes this week (though perhaps not the most calming, send you off to sleep story!) as Peapod dramatically pretends to eat the cake and clean up the mess. Loads of fun!

Have you read any of these?

Do you have any favourite stories about cake?

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    1. Ah, thank you 😊 And don’t apologise – I really didn’t shout about it. I can’t believe he’s 2 either it’s gone so fast but lovely seeing him chattering away, causing mischief and really growing up into toddlerhood now!!
      We love these books. And there’s new Jill Murphy out soon too which I’m excited about!


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