A lovely sized book for lower key stage readers. This is currently a very popular layout with a slightly squarer shape, a quirky font and lovely rounded shaped illustrations which are very appealing to primary children.
Freddie is a fantastic baker and an all round good chap. He is kind to everybody, he is popular and he makes amazing cakes. Of course he has a rival who doesn’t like somebody being better than him AND so he steals Freddie’s cakes out of jealousy.
Not only that but a celebrity cat called Cookie also goes missing in the local town along with Freddie’s dog (called Flapjack) disappearing intermittently, stealing food whenever he does so.
The characters are great in the story and it has lots of cake references so what’s not to like? Freddie remains considerate throughout the book and demonstrates how to treat everybody-even being kind when somebody is unkind to him. The animal characters are particularly fun and cheery – both the drawings and the descriptions. There are mysteries to be solved but in a fun, enjoyable way.
The storylines all meet in a happy ending, with more cake of course and plenty of scope for more stories with the fun characters. Best of all there is a glossary of cooking terms at the back and a recipe for Freddie’s Thumbprint Cookies. I’m off to try them-they sound delicious!