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A young boy who loves to sniff the lemon whiff and to clink the dishes in the sink helps his Pop Pop bake a cake.
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Irene Smalls is the beloved author of many books for children, including Jonathan and His Mommy and Kevin and His Dad. Irene is a graduate of Cornell University and has an M.B.A. from New York University. She lives in Boston with her three children, Dawn, Kevin Logan, and Jonathan.
Cathy Ann Johnson is the owner and founder of Luv-It Studio, a fine arts studio in Kansas City, Missouri.
PreS-K. An African American grandfather, Pop Pop, and his grandson transform baking a lemon cake into a magical mystery tour of sound and rhythm: "Sniff sniff the lemon whiff / Peel peel I love the lemon feel." Warm, soft, stylized watercolors add a surreal element to the lively story, especially as fish-eye perspectives sweep the pages and boy and grandfather sometimes shrink down to measuring-cup size. The inevitable messes and cleanup of any kitchen project are faithfully recorded: "Blat blat goes the batter I splat / Swipe swipe the counter I wipe." The inventive wordplay is quirky ("sizzle sizzle the butter frizzles"), but it somehow makes sense that sprinkled salt would twinkle or that whisks would twisk. The closing recipe for lemon cake is unfortunately missing the delicious-looking frosting and the layering instructions that would be required to replicate the cake pictured here. Nonetheless, this is an affectionate, energetic paean to a cross-generational dynamic duo. Karin Snelson
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Book Description Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2006. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0316734225
Book Description Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2006. Condition: New. Cathy Ann Johnson (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0316734225
Book Description Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0316734225 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.0100075