Thunder Cake

Patricia Polacco, Author Philomel Books $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-399-22231-3
In Thunder Cake , a grandmother helps her granddaughter overcome her fear of thunder by baking a special cake while a storm threatens. Although the book's concept is good, it does not fulfill its promise. The story is poorly paced: the storm approaches rapidly, but does not break for several pages as Polacco crams in details, including a lengthy pause while the cake bakes. The illustrations are less than appealing: both characters' faces are chalky white, draining them of life. Many of the barnyard animals are drawn out of proportion--Grandmother is almost the same size as a cow she milks, geese are as tall as people. Considering how many children are afraid of thunder, it is a shame Thunder Cake is not a stronger effort. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 03/19/1990
Release date: 03/01/1990
Paperback - 30 pages - 978-0-590-45426-1
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-613-03591-0
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-7807-7508-4
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-0-698-11581-1
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-606-12541-3
Prebound-Sewn - 32 pages - 978-0-613-37781-2
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