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Dec 10 2019

Polly Profiterole's little town: Good enough to eat by Maggie May Gordon

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Illus. by Margarita Levina. Little Steps Publishing, 2019. ISBN: 9781925839227.
(Age: 6-8) Imagine a whole town made up of cakes and biscuits. That's what young readers will find in this unique story of Polly Profiterole who is fed up with her town. She is the only person who has a shop in the township; there are no churches, pubs, schools or shops. She decides that she will bake a town and her husband Percy would build it and she gets on with the job with gusto.
Readers will be introduced to many different types of cakes as she builds her town and will delight in the thought of a town made of cakes and lollies. There is a choc-chip church joined together with melted chocolate, Lots of Lollies Lolly shop joined with chewy toffee, Hot Bread Bank made up of lots of dough and the Beef Burger Butcher Shop joined with tomato sauce. And after reading the book children will be fascinated to go back to the front cover and work out where some of the shops in Polly's town are.
Polly Profiterole is portrayed in her chef's hat and clothing, with a ginger cat for a companion and is a likeable character as is Percy her husband, who is a hard worker.
Very colourful pictures bring the story to life and the narrative, with lots of alliteration, flows easily and would make a good read aloud for young children.
Pat Pledger

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