"The Rascally Cake is wonderfully horrid. Top juniors will love it! The text describes revolting meals such as 'brown rat roast', while the illustrations show meals trying to escape. But the fun really starts when Rufus decides to make a Christmas cake. All the horrible ingredients mixed together become a live cake monster which chases Rufus and takes a bite out of him. I won't spoil the ending for you, but Rufus does survive, if only as a shadow of his former self, and the last illustration of him contrasts dramatically with the first in the book. The story, which is in rhyme, is great fun and the illustrations support the text well, with horrible creepy-crawlies, eyes of which watch Rufus, and a green theme for added atmosphere!"

Wendy Timothy

Shortlisted For
Kate Greenaway Medal


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