Pat-A-Cake Baby by Joyce Dunbar

Pat-A-Cake Baby

Written by Joyce Dunbar
Illustrated by Polly Dunbar

3+ readers   Baby and Toddler   
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It’s the middle of the night, but little pat-a-cake baby wants to bake a special cake and does, with the help of three laughing, mischievous baby helpers. And what fun they have – mixing the ingredients, whisking, stirring, sieving and shaking. The story is told in rhyme that is real fun to read aloud, and Polly Dunbar’s illustrations are full of life. As the little bakers dance and frisk across the pages, it’s impossible not to feel as light-hearted and joyful as they look. The story concludes with the cake baked and on a plate, with a slice for you, and a slice for me – and a slice for the Moon, who turns up for tea. Delicious! ~ Andrea Reece


Pat-A-Cake Baby by Joyce Dunbar

Are you ready? Grab a spoon! Because it's Pat-a-cake time! Come on Jelly Baby, Allsorts Baby and Candy Baby - Pat-a-cake Baby wants to make a very special cake and needs your help, what a job it is! Pitter-patter - get the butter! Glitzy-glossy - whisk in sugar! Jokey-yolky - add the eggs! Sipping-sopping - pour some milk! And don't forget the flour - sieving-shaking! Then there's the baking to do and there's icing to pipe and, at last, the all important ...EATING!

A riot of rhyme and action, little children will feel stuffed to the brim full of magic and fun.


A beautifully illustrated book complete with sparkles and a dreamy rhyming pace. -- Mummy Pages * Mummy Pages * Cake mixing, baking and eating fuel this zingy, high-energy book as a restless baby sets about a night-time adventure. Suddenly it is wide-awake time in the kitchen, and her friends - Candy Baby, Jelly Baby and Allsorts Baby - are set to help. There's egg cracking and smacking, flour sieving and shaking, and the mixture is whisked until it is flitter flotter fluffy . When the glorious cake is ready and iced it is magic moonlight dreamy - perfect for offering to the Moon, who turns up just in time to eat a slice. (2+) -- Julia Ecceshare * The Guardian * The two talented Dunbars serve up a riot of rhyme, colour and action as the baby bakers get stuck into a mixing bowl full of magic and mayhem. Success on a plate! -- Lancashire Evening Post * Lancashire Evening Post * The whole concoction is just so-o good I'd like to show every single spread but you'll just have to get hold of a copy for yourself. -- Red Reading Hub * Red Reading Hub * A very satisfying dish that should be in classrooms and nurseries everywhere. -- Books for Keeps * Books for Keeps * All glittery and fun and perfect for both storytime and bedtime. -- Independent Bookshop Week supplement * The Guardian * The palette is stylish from the chubby cook's cheeks to the scintillating Candy Baby, Jelly Baby, and Allsorts Baby, who all double up as kitchen maids. The layout of the words, in curves and waves, is as delightfully quirky as the story itself, and the finale is a hoot for everyone to enjoy. -- Carousel * Carousel * With full, colourful mixed-media illustrations, both the words and the images flow from whisk to bowl across the pages [...] It is lovely to see the type become part of the illustrations and the flow of the story instead of just dropped over images. Young readers of 0-4 will enjoy the lilting language and are sure to try the words out themselves. -- Alan O'Rourke * Inis * This is glorious use of language, and Polly's illustrations are spot on, as you might expect. This will be excellent to read aloud to a pre-school or infant group * The School Librarian *

About the Author

Joyce Dunbar

Joyce Dunbar was born and brought up in Lincolnshire. She taught English for 20 years before becoming a full-time writer. Her books for children include This is the Star, which became a world-wide best-seller, and Mundo and the Weatherchild, which was runner-up for the Guardian Children's Fiction Award. The popular Mouse and Mole series has been animated for television with the voices of Alan Bennett and Richard Briers. She lives in Norwich.

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40 pages


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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

2nd April 2015




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