cover image Eat the Cake

Eat the Cake

M.H. Clark, illus. by Jana Glatt. Compendium, $16.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-946873-84-2

“You’re here and it’s now, so today is the day—so many good things will be coming your way!” begins Clark’s celebratory romp in verse. Glatt’s lively, abstract illustrations feature spreads of a yellow, yolk-like figure in a tassled cone hat engaging in all manner of fun—marching, dancing, star-gazing, and soaring atop a bird among many. A yellow, teal, pink, blue, and red palette is set in textural, color-rich strokes. Clark’s rhyming verse flows seamlessly through the book, inviting young readers to believe the best about themselves (“Be wild and fearless and free”) and look ahead with unabashed confidence (“And the world will be waiting, whenever you’re ready,/ to toss you your very own storm of confetti”). A jovial readaloud to mark birthdays and other joyful milestones. Ages 4–7. [em](Jan.) [/em]