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Summary: Pretty red cherries are Chef Armand’s trademarks. Cupcakes, wedding cakes, tortes … he always decorates them with a cherry. Then, one day he noticed that the cherries started disappearing. Chef Armand hid under the cake table trying to catch the thief … and made an interesting discovery! This is lightly worded picture book story for young readers.
Type of Reading: anytime reading, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: The story is cute and has an interesting twist at the end. It took me a couple of times reading the book to realize the connection between the chase and the tree growing. I normally like books where the pictures help tell the story, but in this case, there are too few words. The author seems to want to build suspense with Chef Armand hiding under the table, but when you turn the page the thief is there.
Pros: A sweet surprise for young readers. With very little text, kids who like to read books in their own way, will have lots of different ways to tell this story.
Cons: None, really. This picture book has potential as an easy reader, but probably won’t be with words like patisserie, embarrassing, creations, and cerise.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a cute story, but after a few readings kids will be ready to move on (and so will you).
Educational Themes: This is a story for enjoying together. It does have dialogue, so young readers could act the part of Chef Armand. There are also other lessons in the story - friendship, creative problem solving - but they are difficult to draw out from the story itself.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.