A delightful book about Quentin, a wolf with a very unusual hobby. He loves to bake cakes, but has no friends with whom to enjoy eating them. So when he is accidentally sent an invitation to take part in a Great Bunny Baking competition he is determined to enter. He becomes
a master in disguise, donning long rabbitty ears and a twitchy, white nose, and he sails through round one, bread baking. Next, his trifle scores the biggest wobble on the wobbleometer anyone has ever seen. But something ODD happens in the fourth round, and we read the pictures to see that one small bunny has swapped Quentin’s sugar pot for salt… ugh. Reading the many notices on the wall, we learn that NAUGHTINESS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED….. so when the culprit is found, she is ruthlessly ousted from the competition.
The final round is to make a CHOCOLATE CAKE SHOWSTOPPER. How fortunate that this is the cake Quentin most enjoys making. It looks perfection, as he proudly carries it to the judging table. WHOOSH! He trips, and as the cake tumbles to the floor, along with his bunny ears and nose, the rabbits realise… he’s a wolf! But then an unexpected kindness wins the day, for one small bunny comes to help reassemble the dropped cake, gradually followed by all the other bunny competitors. Quentin is announced the winner of the grand prize, as we watch familiar scenes; proud and anxious bunnies line up in the tent, and we almost expect to see Mary Berry smiling over proceedings, emerging from the pavilion! The author-illustrator has great affinity with all her characters, and the soft colour palette suits the subject matter perfectly. The similar TV competition has a following of many small fans, fans too of MB and PH, and
youngsters and aspiring cooks will surely love this book.