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Lion Guards The Cake by Ruth Paul

The house is quiet, nobody is awake, and Lion guards the cake. Little by little the cake disappears, but where does it go?

Author and illustrator Ruth Paul's newest picture book is a cute story for anyone that finds it difficult to resist the temptation of a sweet treat in the house.

This playful rhyming story about a stone lion that comes to life is packed with onomatopoeia. Rhyme can be hard to master, but Paul makes it a cakewalk. Together with a musical rhythm and rollicking pace, Lion Guards The Cake is a delight to read aloud.

Younger readers will love the illustrations, which Paul also created. There's plenty of the story to decipher from the pictures - creeping mice, broccoli, a tail that doubles as a mixer - which burst with colour and humour.

It's never too early to explore books in depth with children, and Paul offers up a great one to get stuck into. Her drawings are packed with emotion and character. There's unknown words to explore - words that children probably haven't encountered before like foe and mandibles. There's speech bubbles and adjectives; the possibility to discuss temptation and trust, and of course, the chance to bake a cake together.

Lion Guards The Cake is a delicious picture book that will be devoured by the whole family.

Reviewed by Rebekah Lyell Scholastic, RRP $19.99


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