I Really Want the Cake by Simon Philip and Lucia Gaggiotti

I Really Want the Cake by Simon Philip and Lucia Gaggiotti, published by Templar Books is a delicious picture book all about the love of cake which has been nominated for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2018.

Cover of I Really Want the Cake Simon Philip Lucia Gaggiotti Templar Publishing Waterstones Children's Book Prize

Some of us are fine tuned to sniff out that homely smell of a cake baking and the little girl in this story is no exception. As soon as the unmistakable scent starts drifting through the house her nose starts twitching, and one peek into the kitchen confirms her suspicions. There on the table is a huge, gooey, chocolate cake.

Cake in I Really Want the Cake Simon Philip Lucia Gaggiotti Templar Publishing Waterstones Children's Book Prize

However, just as she brandishes her spoon for a bite of that sweet treat she notices it comes with an unwanted side dish in the shape of a note from her mum telling her: “YOU MUST NOT EAT THE CAKE”. This. Is. Torture. She tries everything in her power to forget about the cake but the craving is just too strong…

Distraction techniques in I Really Want the Cake Simon Philip Lucia Gaggiotti Templar Publishing Waterstones Children's Book Prize

 

One nibble, turns to a bite and before you know it, the cake is gone. Instantly feeling guilty and with the help of her little dog she sets about making a very messy amends.

Making amends in I Really Want the Cake Simon Philip Lucia Gaggiotti Templar Publishing Waterstones Children's Book Prize

Wild and vibrant illustrations match the little girls impulsive character perfectly and we love the wide range of expressive emotions she goes through. A fast-paced and funny read that is sure to delight young readers who will no doubt sympathise with her predicament.

I'm going back for cake in I Really Want the Cake Simon Philip Lucia Gaggiotti Templar Publishing Waterstones Children's Book Prize

Buy I Really Want the Cake from Waterstones.

Click here to see the full list of books nominated for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2018.

It goes without saying that reading this book definitely gives us a craving for cake and we recently joined in with Templar Publishing’s bake off challenge. We went for this delicious zebra cake from Nadiya Hussain’s Bake Me a Story as the icing looked as gooey and chocolately as the one in the book.

#IReallyWanttheCakeOFF zebra cake I Really Want the Cake Simon Philip Lucia Gaggiotti Templar Publishing Waterstones Children's Book Prize

If you’re still hungry for more cake you can check out the other entries with the #IReallyWanttheCakeOFF hashtag on Twitter or Instagram.

Many thanks to Templar Publishing for sending a copy of I Really Want the Cake for review.

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