I REALLY WANT the Cake by Simon Philip & Lucia Gaggiotti

I REALLY WANT the Cake is a picture book that most readers will be able to identify with! How do you react when you see and smell a freshly baked chocolate cake but are told that you can’t eat it? Could you resist it? That’s the problem that this story’s little heroine is faced with!I Really Want the Cake spread - Story Snug

The Story: A little girl and her dog follow their noses and discover the delicious chocolate cake that Mum has baked. But there’s also a note to say that she mustn’t eat it! The girl and her dog keep themselves busy with other activities but then one small lick of the cake soon turns into more…

I REALLY WANT the cake is written in the first person and the energetic, bouncy, repetitive rhyme moves the story forward in a way that really makes you empathise with the little girl’s experience. Chaos and madness ensue when she decides to try the cake followed by even more chaos as she tries to make amends for not listening to Mum!

I Really Want the Cake - Story SnugWe love this feisty little heroine and her doggy sidekick who takes part in all the little girl’s games, including dressing up. Lucia Gaggiotti’s illustrations are full of humour and the girl and the dog’s expressions brilliantly portray the anguish they go through as they try to resist the cake. Our favourite spreads show the chaos that ensues when the girl decides to bake a new cake, the array of ingredients that she chooses and the mess that she creates make us laugh. We’re pretty sure Mum won’t be laughing when she sees the chocolatey hand and paw prints everywhere!

The rhyming text in this story is easy to read aloud and coupled with the humour in the pictures it makes for a very amusing read. If you are planning to bake with your child I REALLY WANT the Cake is a fun story to stimulate discussion about how it is done and the ingredients and utensils that you use while baking.

Author: Simon Philip / Illustrator: Lucia Gaggiotti

I REALLY WANT the Cake has been shortlisted for The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2018 and Templar Publishing are celebrating with a competition. Create your own cake and share it on social media on Saturday March 3rd to be in with a chance of winning an amazing afternoon tea!I REALLY WANT the Cake competition - Story Snug

Thank you Templar Publishing for sending a review copy of this delicious book. Here’s the recipe if you’d like to bake the chocolate cake from the story.I REALLY WANT the cake recipe - Story Snug

8 thoughts on “I REALLY WANT the Cake by Simon Philip & Lucia Gaggiotti

  1. Personally I love the smell of a homemade freshly baked cake! But I also love decorating it too! I really couldn’t resist taking a slice, with a cuppa and some crocheting lol! Looks like a lovely read to be honest! One I would definitely stick on my to buy list this year

    • I really love to bake but I’ve never really got the hang of decorating cakes. It’s a great book to read while drinking tea and eating cake 🙂

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