The children of Green Bay Primary liked this book very much. Indeed, they liked it so much that several children from Room 20 tried to crawl inside the book to get a closer look at the snails, lizards and butterflies hiding on the pages. There is so much to see in the pictures, which author Tina Matthews carved out of a block of wood first. You can see pictures of that on her website (see links).
The book also made the children very hungry and there were great discussions on who was the greatest cake baker. The answer was usually Mum. I wonder how many of them went home that day making a cake of cricket shells, autumn leaves and holey gum boots? This book is a clever cake creation catering to curious kids.
Here are some cake impressions:
Christopher (7) from Room 6 enjoys his favourite cake lovingly decorated with creepy crawlies, a camera, several cases of TNT and a butterfly. Emily (6) from Room 24 has gone for the square princess cake variety. Delicious.
Tina Matthews (writer and illustrator)
Tina Matthews was born in New Zealand and now lives with her family in Sydney. She is an artist and designer who has worked in children’s theatre and television for 25 years, including on Bananas in Pyjamas, The Ferals, The Upside Down Show and Jim Henson’s Labyrinth. Tina teaches puppetry at NIDA and is designer of the best-selling Black and White Baby Mobile.
Her first title with Walker Books Australia, Out of the Egg won the Best First Book Award in the 2008 New Zealand Post Book Awards and Waiting for Later was a finalist in the Picture Book category of the 2012 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards.
You can listen to Tina read her book here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTUnSX-TAPg&feature=player_embedded
Tina interviewed on Radio New Zealand National: http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/2552403/feature-guest-tina-matthews
Tina on her website – about her book: http://ttinamatthews.com/a-great-cake/