|Joyce Dunbar. Polly Dunbar, illus|
|Pages/Publication Date:||34 / 2015|
It's late at night, and everyone is sleeping—except for pat-a-cake baby, who's dressed in his chef's coat and hat, ready to make a very special cake. Time to wake up Candy baby, Jelly baby, and Allsorts baby, all tiny, kitchen-savvy cherubs eager to lend a hand. One by one, they add ingredients, from glitzy sugar to yolky jokey eggs, until it's time to bake, pat, and decorate the cake. Finally it is ready for tasting, just in time for the man in the moon to have a slice. Prereaders will enjoy Joyce Dunbar's tongue-twisters and wordplay, while the author's daughter, Polly—illustrator of My Dad's a Birdman and Bubble Trouble—pictures the festive, madcap baking extravaganza in exuberant mixed-media paintings.
"Polly Dunbar's pictures are a confectionary dream: ingredients fly around the pages in balletic swoops, the typography dances, and the babies' energy is boundless.... Joyce Dunbar's text has only a passing connection to the Mother Goose rhyme, and her baking-themed wordplay ("It's hulla-balloony-moon-time!") is the literary equivalent of a sugar high."—Publishers Weekly