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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Birthday Cake Mystery (The)
by Thé Tjong-Khing
Age Range: Under_5
Everyone is getting ready for a birthday party but disaster strikes when Mr. Dog’s cake gets destroyed. He has to start again only to find himself covered in egg! In the meantime, Mrs. Dog discovers something is missing from her bag and there are some very suspicious red footprints leading to the door of Badger’s house.
Another wordless picture book from Indonesian artist, Thé Tjong-Khing in the Netherlands. Told entirely through pictures, The Birthday Cake Mystery is an amusing adventure of look-and-find. Each double-page spread appears like a maze packed with intricate detail and red herrings. The watercolour illustrations are full of colour and the animals are endearingly comical.
There are multiple stories to discover and the interpretation is left to the reader. This is an ideal book for parents to share with their children as there is always something new to find within the pages.