|Snickerdoodle takes the cake|
Author: Long, Ethan
Snickerdoodle knows he should not touch Nana's birthday cake, but eating just a tiny crumb leads to a big problem.
Kirkus Reviews (08/15/17)
School Library Journal (10/01/17)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/10/17)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 10/01/2017 In this tale about giving into temptation, the trouble starts when a young chinchilla named Snickerdoodle rises early and finds a festively decorated, delicious-looking cake in the kitchen of his comfortable suburban home. Although there’s a “Do Not Touch!” note, it’s Mom’s Famous Lemon Poppy Seed Cake with Buttercream Icing! Even though Snickerdoodle fears the wrath of his mother, the temptation is too great, and he plunges in his hand for a big helping. Snickerdoodle’s mother suggests they fix the cake, only to find that most of it has been devoured by Snickerdoodle’s two siblings. Under Snickerdoodle’s guidance, the three bake a new cake for the event—their grandmother’s birthday celebration. The replacement isn’t as festively decorated, but it’s apparently just as delicious: Snickerdoodle can’t help sneaking a second piece. Charming, soft-colored illustrations and a brief text clearly convey the low-key action as Snickerdoodle grapples with and eventually succumbs to his yearning. No hard lessons here, except perhaps that if you’re willing to make a replacement, you can have your cake and eat it too. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 10/01/2017 PreS-Gr 1— Snickerdoodle is a young chinchilla who cannot resist his mother's Lemon Poppy Seed Cake with Buttercream Icing. She has made a beautiful one, but it is for his grandmother's birthday and thus is off-limits. The wonderful aroma perks him up. He would love a little taste but his smart mother left a "Do Not Touch!" sign on it. Clever Snickerdoodle thinks a smell would be okay because smelling it isn't touching. And he rationalizes that the note doesn't say anything about not trying one tiny crumb. Unfortunately, this crumb is all it takes to send him over the edge. Things quickly go downhill from there, and his hand winds up in the middle of the cake. Snickerdoodle's mother isn't happy when she sees the destroyed confection. She feels slightly defeated when she spies her other two children attacking what's left of the demolished treat. Now it's up to Snickerdoodle and his siblings to make things right. The end result may not be perfect but their intentions are good. This is a fun story about an animal family and how they tackle one of life's problems. The colorful illustrations are large and the characters are animated. The size of the pictures and the small amount of text makes this a perfect book for young listeners. The anticipation of whether or not Snickerdoodle will touch the cake will delight children. VERDICT A great selection for storytimes and one-on-one reads.— Barbara Spiri, Southborough Library, MA - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.