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!
CAROLINE ADDERSON was born and raised in Alberta and now lives in Vancouver with her husband, son and Jack Russell terrier Mickey. She earned a Bachelor of Education with a concentration in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and spent the next ten years working as an ESL teacher. She now teaches at Simon Fraser University and writes for both children and adults. Her books for kids are frequently featured on Canadian award lists, including the Tree Awards, the Chocolate Lily Awards and the CCBC and OLA Best Bets, and her titles include the Jasper John Dooley series, the Bruno series, A Simple Case of Angels, Norman, Speak!, Eat, Leo! Eat! and I Love You One to Ten. Her works for adults have been awarded numerous prizes, including the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, two Commonwealth Writers' Prizes, the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist, the Governor General's Literary Award and the Rogers' Trust Fiction Prize.
STÉPHANE JORISCH is a Canadian children's book illustrator who has written and/or illustrated more than 80 children's books in English and French. Stéphane's first book, Oma's Quilt, won the Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award and was shortlisted for the Blue Spruce Award. He has also illustrated Michael Kaplan's Betty Bunny series. Stéphane's work in illustrated versions of Lewis Carroll's The Jabberwocky and Edward Lear's The Owl and the Pussycat have both won the Governor General's Awards for Illustration, and he was awarded the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award for Un cadeau pour Sophie. In addition to his books for young people, Stéphane Jorisch also illustrates for magazines and has created designs for the renowned Cirque de Soleil. Stéphane lives in Montreal with his partner and their family.
"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