I won a set of three Mr Pattacake books on a Goodreads giveaway. I’m ashamed to say, they sat on the shelf for a very long time. They are chapter books for early readers with a cartoon sketch every page or two. They turned out to be better than I anticipated.
I do wish, however, that Stephanie Baudet had not named the major character “Pattacake”. It gives the story a babyish connotation that a child graduating to chapter books might find off putting.
It turns out, however, that the stories are delightful. Mr. Pattacake means well but often gets into scrapes reminiscent of I Love Lucy. He is a well-meaning, kind, inventive, talented but accident prone baker. His naughty sidekick cat, Treacle, increases the tension.
In The Big Idea, Mr. Pattacake misreads an order for birthday party food as 100 guests instead of 10. As if this isn’t bad enough, everything seems to go wrong while he is making his delicious snacks and delightful desserts. But, Mr. Pattacake, is no fool. He uses his mistake to create publicity and interest in his business. Children will giggle with envy at the Baker’s creative use of jelly.
This would make a great gift for a child around great three-level who is beginning to read small chapter books. It will appeal to boys as well as girls.