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Where Is the Cake Now?

Region: Western Europe, The Netherlands

Author: Thé Tjong-King

Original Language: Dutch

Translator: (Wordless picture book - no translator)

Illustrator: Thé Tjong-King

Genre: Animal Stories

Descriptors: animals, cakes, picnics, mystery, scavenger hunt, theft

Age: 3-5 years old


Thé Tjong-King was born in Indonesia and moved to the Netherlands in his 20s where he has become a celebrated illustrator. He won the Golden Pencil Award three times and his book Where is the Cake? won the Woutertje Pieterse Prize for Best Dutch Children’s Book in 2005. His art was recently displayed in the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Where is the Cake Now? is a companion book to Where is the Cake? Both books are about animals looking for a cake, and the whole story is told through pictures. In Where is the Cake Now?, the entire village of animals pack up and prepare for a picnic trip; everyone is bringing something special to the picnic, but the cake is the centerpiece. What nobody notices is that the cake topples out when the bear, carrying it to the picnic spot, trips over the lizard’s long tail.  When they finally arrive at their destination and go for the much anticipated cake-reveal, everyone is shocked and horrified to find the cake missing! The following pages take the reader through a hilarious whodunit mystery as all the animals try to figure out who stole the cake. The reader can turn through these pages again and again uncovering the many layers to the mystery of the disappearing cake! 

More About This Book

Reviewed: print book by Abrams Books for Young Readers (2009). ISBN: 9780810989269. 


Reviewed by Laney Jones

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