This is the second book in the Mr Pattacake trilogy. The chef is excited that he has been asked to create new pet treats for a company called Animeals. He invents Dog’s Dinner, Cat’s Casserole, Rabbit’s Rations, Bird’s Breakfast, Fish’s Feast, and Snake’s Supper. Unknown to him, Treacle, his pet cat and assistant, incorrectly labels the new creations. When a dog is fed the Fish’s Feast, it develops scales and swims in the pond. When a cat eats the Bird’s Breakfast it develops feathers, the front legs widen like wings, and it tweets. The bizarre changes occur similarly with other animals. The manager of Animeals is furious. Mr Pattacake adds extra ingredients to his recipes to reverse the process and delivers them to the pet owners. Gradually the pets are restored.
Mr Pattacake is a hard-working, well-meaning man who seems to be rather unlucky.
This is a cute, if somewhat obvious, story for readers just beginning to enjoy chapter books. Children will enjoy the antics of the merged animals .
However, the resolution came too easily. I think the book would have been more interesting if some of the weird creations got into serious trouble that was difficult to resolve. There needed to be bigger conflict.
A free copy of this book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.
As a follow-up, it would be fun to have kids create their own mixed up animals. They can draw them, cut-and-paste parts of animal pictures, or use modelling clay or Legos.