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Little Star Presents: Parragon Books Review – The Carrot Cake Catastrophe! by Elizabeth Dale

The Carrot Cake


The Carrot Cake Catastrophe!

With Christmas well and truly behind us it’s good to finally be able to shake off all the wintry tales and start looking ahead to spring …. daffodils .. lambs … and rabbits! Parragon sent us this cute tale of baking bunnies for the bubs to enjoy…

What is it?

The story of a little rabbit who with grandads help wants to bake a surprise cake for her mummys birthday. Unfortunately the parental supervision scuppers the plan somewhat as grandad is rather shortsighted! Poor grandad muddles essential ingredients for things such as soap and salt, and on top of that he doesn’t even chop any of it up! Obviously the cake falls a little short of perfect…and no good for bunny consumption. On the plus side the birds enjoy it and mummy saves the day with an even better cake!

What did the kids think?

It’s a story for the littler ones, my two year old had fun with all the mix ups and getting messy is very appealing. My one year old was just happy with rabbits and birds…and cake! My boys are a bit non-plussed with it to be honest – they’re happy to sit and listen to it but after the first read haven’t particularly come back to it again and again.

What did mummy think?

It’s a sweet, silly story and the relationship between the little rabbit and her grandad made me feel a bit mushy.  The illustrations by Gemma Raynor are gorgeous and bold – not too cutesy but the soft pastel colours embrace a spring-like feeling. I actually love the picture of the birds, so quirky. The recipe at the end is a nice touch, it’s always good to inspire children to get involved in the kitchen. We’ve not tried it yet mind, but I’m sure we will!


Overall 8/10

If, like in our family at Easter time the children are just buried under a pile of chocolate, how about gifting this lovely picture book instead – it would make a lovely Easter present!


Disclosure: We were provided this product for review, but all opinions are our own.

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