Spring Cakes

Holiday House. (I Like To Read Comics). Apr. 2021. 40p. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9780823447534; pap. $7.99. ISBN 9780823449354.
PreS-Gr 2–Mama Cat makes glorious cupcakes the first day of every spring. Her kittens, Ginger, Cinnamon, and Nutmeg, travel through their village on a quest for the five magical ingredients  listed in Mama’s recipe. The little ones are excited to visit the town’s miller, beekeeper, and chicken farmer. But things get hairy when the trio run into a bear lurking in the meadow. And even worse, they must find the frightening owl witch in the haunted woods to get the last magic ingredient. SNAP! HOOT HOOT. The woods are filled with eerie noises and shadows. The timid kittens complete their journey and at the end of the day share freshly baked cakes with their new friends—including the owl witch, who’s not so scary after all. Rendered in a sophisticated and complex palette of rich, warm colors, Harmon’s delightfully wide-eyed cartoon characters brim with kid appeal. Each page includes panels that incorporate visual clues with easy-to-read text.
VERDICT A pleasant story about food and friendship; recommended as an additional purchase to keep shelves stocked for new readers.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing