In this magical fairy tale, the Witch is alone AGAIN on her birthday, so she bakes a Cake Girl to sing, dance, and do all the housework for her. The Witch tells Cake Girl she is going to EAT her, but clever Cake Girl turns the tables on her captor and shows her instead how it is possible and EVEN fun to be a nice person. The finale is a cornucopia of magic tricks and laughter, and is the best birthday either of them have ever had.
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A thing of beauty, in which a grizzled old witch discovers that being nice to a friend - even one you've knocked together out of cake-mix - brings unexpected rewards. Neither could fail to charm anyone under six. - Independent on Sunday
His spidery, witty line and self-referring invented worlds bring to mind such great exponents of graphic art as Saul Steinberg and Paul Klee. - The Times
Lucas (Halibut Jackson) writes and paints with quiet affection for his characters. Watching Cake Girl teach the witch new social skills is a treat. - Publishers' Weekly
Chaotically humorous, fun and original... a wealth of detail that will no doubt intrigue young readers. - Carousel
Eye-catching illustrations draw the reader into a magical story of friendship and fun. - EYE
A sweet and charming story presented in the author-illustrator's trademark style. It's playful and funny. - The School Librarian
Twirly illustrations (like) Hansel and Gretel gingerbread houses with the witch resplendent in pink boots and a bright green face. - Blackbird Pie magazine
Each page has plenty to look at and as the cake girl gently teached the witch to change her ways and children will love the magic they perform together, especially towards the end they swirl up the page as fireworks and birds. - Brighton Argus
Boundlessly delightful . . . exquisite colour and fantastical detail. - The Tablet
David Lucas was born in 1966 in Middlesborough, in the north of England. He grew up in Hackney, in East London, and studied illustration at the Royal College of Art. He lives and works in central London.