Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 4 to 8
- Grade: p to 3
Cakes, cookies or pie? A rivalry among local bakers is the basis for this deliciously sweet, off-the-wall picture book.
Monsieur Oliphant's cake shop, the only bakery game in town, has long had customers lining up outside its door for Oliphant's delicious jelly rolls and marvelous wedding cakes . . . until the day cookie concocter Mademoiselle Fée takes over the old shoemaker's shop. And it isn't long before the divine piemaker Madame Clotilde soon moves into the old bric-a-brac shop. Three different bakers all trying to outclass one another means their little cul-de-sac is packed with customers every day and night, so, one morning, when everyone is bumpling and jostling each other with their cakes, cookies and pies, a food disaster -- a massacre of cream, a devastation of crumbs -- is inevitable! Only one little girl has the drive (or appetite?) to find a solution, but can it last? This madcap tale of frenzied cooks and zany eats (and one very lucky town) will delight readers with a sweet tooth of any age!
About the authors
Caroline Adderson is the author of Very Serious Children (Scholastic 2007), a novel for middle readers about two brothers, the sons of clowns, who run away from the circus. I, Bruno (Orca 2007) and Bruno for Real are collections of stories for emergent readers featuring seven year-old Bruno and his true life adventures.
Caroline Adderson also writes for adults and has won two Ethel Wilson Fiction Prizes, three CBC Literary Awards, as well as the 2006 Marion Engel Award given annually to an outstanding female writer in mid-career. Her numerous nominations include the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist, the Governor General's Literary Award, the Rogers' Trust Fiction Prize and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. Most recently, Caroline was the Vancouver Public Library's 2008 Writer-in-Residence.
Her eight year-old son Patrick and his many friends inspire her children's writing. Caroline and her family live in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Stephane Jorisch is an award-winning artist and designer living in Montreal. He is the illustrator of "The Village of a Hundred Smiles and Other Stories" (1998), "The Magic Mustache" (1999) and "The Trial of the Stone" (2000).
"Children will delight in thinking about an abundance of gingerbread cookies, teetering, towering cakes, and blackbird pies." --Kirkus Reviews
“This delectable book is a useful purchase for libraries looking for titles that foster discussion about competition and inclusion.” --School Library Journal
“Readers will become quickly invested in the escalating events on Sweet Street and the story’s carnivalesque atmosphere." --Booklist
"This zany picture book delivers a tasty treatise on the benefits of keeping the peace — and keeping a variety of desserts at hand!" --Shelf-Awareness
"If you have a sweet tooth, this is the book for you. . . . Adderson’s playful text is perfectly paired with Jorisch’s zany illustrations" --Globe & Mail
Other titles by Caroline Adderson
Sunny Days Inside
and Other Stories
Pierre & Paul: Dragon!
Izzy in the Doghouse
A Russian Sister
Pierre & Paul: Avalanche!
Best Canadian Stories 2019
The Mostly True Story of Pudding Tat, Adventuring Cat
Jasper John Dooley: Public Library Enemy #1
Narratives of Demolition and Revival