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This Little Bunny Can Bakeby Janet Stein
Synopses & Reviews
In this picture book for the youngest child, there are eight students in Chef Georges School of Dessertology. And only one—a studious little bunny—has any interest in following the rules. While bunny is busy baking a masterpiece, everyone else is busy making a mess. And even though only bunny actually learns to bake, all the students—from Dog with his shoe-fly pie to Mouse with her Swiss cheese surprise—are happy with how their desserts turn out in the end.
Black, white, and pink illustrations give this a hip, retro feel, and, with plenty of easy-to-make recipes adorning the endpapers, This Little Bunny Can Bake is one yummy picture book treat.
"This promising if rocky debut lets readers eavesdrop on a class at a world-famous 'School of Dessertology,' where Chef George, an imperious owl instructor, is whipping both egg whites and his hapless anthropomorphized students into shape ('What's an ingredient?' whispers one student, after the chef unveils a chalkboard with a whirlwind of information for them to absorb). There's a retro-chic sensibility, visual wit and good sense of character in Stein's gray-toned brush-and-ink drawings (a vain poodle is shown weighing herself on a digital scale when George commands, 'Take the time to measure carefully'). But despite these strengths the story falls short. The titular bunny, distinguished by her diligence and rose-hued skin (nearly the only use of color in the book), never emerges as a character worth following. And the story feels more like a series of similar incidents strung together — the common thread being the contrast between the teacher's instructions and the students' incompetence — rather than a truly satisfying narrative arc. Ages 4 — 8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
There are eight students in Chef George's School of Dessertology. And only one--a studious little bunny--has any interest in following the rules. While bunny is busy baking a masterpiece, everyone else is busy making a mess. Includes recipes for the desserts made in the story. Full color.
About the Author
Janet Stein studied fine art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Chicago Art Institute. She also studied with an award-winning Spanish pastry chef at a cooking school in Barcelona. This experience was the inspiration for this, her first picture book. She lives in Barcelona, Spain.
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