I Really Want the Cake by Simon Philip & Lucia Gaggiotti


Published by Templar, 2017

I Really Want the Cake is a delight – pure joy from start to finish. The rhyming verse with its cake refrain is great fun to read aloud and I can vouch that it stands up to repeated readings (my son always asks to hear the book at least twice on the bounce).

The story is one of temptation. Mom has made a magnificent chocolate cake and then gone out, leaving her daughter strict instructions: she must not eat the cake. This is too much for the little girl and her pet dog to bear. They try hard to resist. They leave the kitchen and employ all sorts of distraction techniques but the lure of the chocolate cake is too strong.


I absolutely love Lucia Gaggiotti’s illustrations; they are so full of energy and humour and really bring the story alive. She has given us a wonderfully expressive main character with many different guises. One minute she’s dancing as she smells chocolate cake wafting from the kitchen, the next she’s a gun-slinging Wild West hero (the gun in her holster replaced with a fork and spoon). She is also a Chinese warrior, explorer and superhero.


This is a funny, highly entertaining picture book. Grab yourself a copy – you’re in for a treat.

Rating: 💙💙💙💙💙

Suitable for children aged 2+

Thank you to Templar for sending me this book to review.

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