Synopses & Reviews
In this lovely valentine of a book, Julie Paschkis offers young readers a glimpse of the extraordinary world that can be hidden in the simplest of things. Alfonso loves his colorful, magical existence. He also loves the brilliant, beautiful Ida. But Ida, nose in a book, just doesnand#8217;t seem to notice. Can he win her heart with a cake of his own creation if the salt is gathered from the deep blue ocean, the butter from the summer sun, and flour like snowflakes from a night sky? An exquisitely illustrated story about imagination for children, but also a wonderful gift for lovestruck adults. (A treasured family recipe for apple cake included!)
"A story that exudes a pervasive sense of magic and underscores how far one gladly will go in the name of love."and#8212;Publishers Weekly,
starred review and#160; "Sweethearts of any age will celebrate the joy of love and shared simple pleasures."and#8212;Kirkus
"The fine detail in the fantastical gouache-and-ink scenes demands close-up viewing--and possibly a post-storytime treat."and#8212;Booklist
"This story is a celebration of the imagination and should spark discussions about solving problems creatively."and#8212;School Library Journal
"There's a genuine sweetness to Julie Paschkis's story."and#8212;New York Times Online
"The simple text conveys the power of love and imagination. . . Absolutely enchanting."and#8212;Cleveland.com
When an energetic little baker discovers that the market is closed, she travels the world to find the freshest ingredients for her apple pie. Full color.
In thisand#160;lovelyand#160;valentine ofand#160;aand#160;book, award-winning author and illustrator Julie Paschkis has createdand#160;aand#160;joyous story about imagination, love, and cake that gives young readers a glimpse of the extraordinary world that can be hidden in the simplest of things, if only they open their eyes to look. A recipe for the cake is included.