Synopsis: A funny story about a madcap race to the finish line… with cake! Written by Teresa Heapy, author of The Marvellous Moon Map.

Seven-year-old Jamila sees a notice for a Great Cake Race in her local park and is desperate to enter – despite having never baked before. But Jasper Dedicoat – the self-proclaimed best baker in town – has also entered and will do anything to win. Who will win the race, and what will they learn along the way? This zany story is accompanied by black-and-white illustrations by Erica Salcedo, illustrator of the Kid Normal series.

Release Date: 1st September 2022

Genres: Middle Grade, Early Readers, Baking, Competitions, Family, Humour

Pages: 80

Thank you so much to Bloomsbury and Netgalley for the ebook to read and review.

Review:Jamila sees a poster for a cake race and wants to enter, then the fun starts learning to bake without her Nani. Her dad doesn’t really know what to do and her mum isn’t that good. Then her Nani’s recipe books arrive and Jamila knows exactly what to do. At the contest only four entered and one man has won every year and plans on it again.

What a precious and exciting story, I love that even though Jamila didn’t know how to bake a cake without her Nani she was determined and excited to enter the cake race. She worked hard to learn and worked even harder at the race so she could win, she had her Nani in her mind the whole time which was really adorable.

I love the concept of this with a small town having a fun whimsical race with cakes, it sounded really complex running round all the playground equipment. It was so entertaining reading how they were all struggling on the equipment.

The illustrations in this book are so cute and I loved looking at them and seeing the race come alive and all of Jamila cakes and the contestants cakes come to fruition. It’s a really adorable and utterly fun read and I do highly recommend it, it’s funny, it unique, it’s entertaining. It also has additional sections at the back to further what was read in the book which is great.


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