Author: Edwina Wyatt
Illustrator: Tamsin Ainslie
Publisher: Walker Books
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-760650-42-1

Review

Sometimes Cake

Audrey found Lion. 

Lion had a cake.

“What are you celebrating?” asked Audrey.

“Tuesdays,” said Lion. 

“Also, coconuts.”

A story about finding joy in the smallest things and discovering that, even on the most ordinary of days, there is always a reason to have cake.

CBCA NOTABLE FOR PICTURE BOOK OF THE YEAR 2021

VOTED BY READINGS BOOKS IN THEIR TOP TEN PICTURE BOOKS OF 2020

Out now in Australia and the UK, published by Walker Books

To be released in the USA  in 2022 (Candlewick Press)

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“Sometimes Cake is picture-book perfection at its scrumptious best! If this book were a cake, I’d gobble it up again and again and again. In every way, it reads a treat. The text is simple and effortless without a word misplaced, and the soft water-colour illustrations bring a playful, whimsical feel to the story.

This is a book about sometimes and being present in the moment. It is about finding the remarkable in the little things. Of celebrating the silly and nonsensical and making play in imaginative ways. A gentle story full of wonder and warmth, as comfy as a favourite cardi and a cosy reading nook. This is a perfect story to read together, sometimes … but mostly on Tuesdays.” – Readings Books

“If my 3 year old had a Book of the Year award to present, the winner would be Sometimes Cake.This book feels timeless, from its gentle story to the divine illustrations that capture the most precious details of childhood (the 3 year old Sometimes Cake fan took to wearing mismatched socks, thanks to Audrey’s most wonderful outfits). This is one of those books that you want to hug tightly because it is so special. And, it gives us all an excuse to eat cake whenever there is something to celebrate – which is almost always. ” – Artsplorers

“Sometimes Cake is a sweet tale about the joy of special days that are worth blowing up balloons and scattering confetti for, but is also a good reminder that sometimes we should just be grateful for pockets of time that can be spent with friends.

Edwina Wyatt’s gentle words are well-suited to Tamsin Ainslie’s soft watercolours, making this picture book ideal for preschoolers.” Thuy On, Books + Publishing

“Highly Recommended. The pen and watercolour illustrations sparkle depicting the friendship between the two characters… I love the sparse text, brimming with subtle overtones, encouraging children to be more aware of how their friends are feeling.” Fran Knight, ReadPlus

“Such a sweet and whimsical story about celebrating the little things in life! …The watercolour illustrations by Tamsin Ainslie are absolutely stunning.” – Zoe, I Dream of All The Books

“A charming story… The illustrations are equally delightful as the story itself.” – Blog of Dad

“Trust me, you want to add this to your collection or your library list!”  little_smiths_play – instagram

“This delightful picture book celebrates friendship and finding joy in the everyday. The whimsical soft pastel watercolours bring extra layers to the simple text and are reminiscent of Freya Blackwood. This book is a lovely way to explore celebrations, friendship and feelings with early childhood and kindergarten children.”

– CBCA Reading Time

 

 

SUMMARY

For anyone who has ever wished for a party every day of the year, this is a story about finding your own reasons to have cake and celebrating your friends when they are feeling ordinary.

Christopher Robin had Pooh. Calvin had Hobbes. Audrey has Lion. This is the story of two friends learning the joy of celebrating the every day because sometimes it’s important to enjoy things like Tuesdays, coconuts, orange, purple, and lions.

Universal theme: Celebrations and friendship. Every child will respond to the idea of celebrating all of the days that aren’t his/her birthday. Other themes include: Depression, Sharing, Wellbeing, Mental Health, Sharing, Baking.

Fans of Freya Blackwood, Anna Walker, Polly Dunbar, lions, and cake will warm to this timeless, classic story of friendship.