Monday, November 29, 2021

Review - Pat a Cake Who?

Pat a Cake Who?

by J. T. S. Halvorsen
illustrated by Alice Pieroni
Date: 2011
Publisher: Xist Publishing
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 26
Format: e-book
Source: library

The Classic Nursery Rhyme Gets an Upgrade! Play pat-a-cake with new verses and cheerful illustrations in this new picture book. Each verse introduces new characters like Pat a Cake Farmer Jane, Dinosaur, Kitty Cat and Choo-Choo Train and breathes new fun into the classic rhyme. Here's a sample page: Pat a cake, pat a cake, Polar Bear. Bake me a cake in the arctic air. Roll it, pat it, grab it with your claws, and throw it in the air for Santa Claus. This book makes an excellent addition to a classroom unit on nursery rhymes or as a fun bedtime addition to a home library.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

I'm not sure why this nursery rhyme needed an upgrade in the first place. I'm really not sure why it needed to be upgraded with dinosaurs, rat flavouring, trains, whales, and burying the cake in the yard.

The metre is, surprisingly, pretty good. Kids will probably like the bright illustrations and the silly rhymes.

But I'm not impressed with the text. Why do we need to fling the cake on the roof? I have no idea.

Premise: 2/5
Meter: 4/5
Writing: 3/5
Illustrations: 3/5
Originality: 3/5

Enjoyment: 2/5

Overall: 2.71 out of 5

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