Monday, October 6, 2008
Who Made This Cake? text and English translation by Chihiro Nakagawa, illustrations by Junji Koyose - review
Who Made This Cake? text and English translation by Chihiro Nakagawa, illustrations by Junji Koyose
Wonderful! Hundreds of tiny little hard-hatted construction workers use their (comparatively) giant construction vehicles to make a birthday cake for a truck-loving little boy. One huge excavator holds an egg over the batter while another excavator uses its drill attachment to break the egg, and flatbed trucks transport the eggs to the site and the broken eggshells away. Little people in bright boots consult plans, keep the site clean, ride a cherry-picker high into the air to push the button on the oven, and communicate via walkie-talkie. We love a book with lots of little details.
When they bring the helicopter out to lower the "Happy Birthday" card onto the top of the (very tasty-looking) cake, you just want to cheer. What a terrific birthday present this is going to be for some lucky kid!
Endpaper bonus: the tiny folk at leisure - painting, singing, playing ball, reading, and just hanging out.
Pink Me reader bonus: Check out Kikki's Workshop, the Komatsu company's website for kids. Not associated with the book, but full of all the massive construction equipment that certain little people love.