Blaze and the Castle Cake for Bertha Daye
by Claude Ponti
$20.00This item will be released May 3, 2022.
by Claude Ponti
A rabble of soft, golden “chicklets” are awoken one morning to a startling proclamation: they only have ten short days to prepare for their best friend Bertha Daye’s party. It’s time to get to work building a larger-than-life castle cake to house and feed the revelers. Made of chocolate scooped out of chocolate mines, “finer than fairy dust” flour from the hillsides, and fruit carried down twigs and stems in the forest, this will be the best—and kookiest—cake of all time. Oodles of chicklets fill every page, scurrying, fluttering, napping, tumbling, helping, and getting up to no good. When the party day arrives, guests pour into the pastry palace, many of them unmistakable characters from iconic stories’ past, offering a marvelous who’s-who of story-book history. Claude Ponti’s nimble wordplay and punning, combined with his phantasmagorical illustrations, create an endearing gem of a book, bound to be a bedtime story favorite.
Coming on May 3rd, 2022
Claude Ponti is not particularly famous outside of France – yet. But I predict that his books will be celebrated around the world before this decade is over, and for a long time after that . . . Over many beautiful, commendable, proper and reasonably successful children’s books, I prefer any pick from the impressive bibliography of French-born writer and illustrator Claude Ponti.
Praise for Ponti's My Valley — Ponti’s beautiful, intricate illustrations contain strange details hinting at larger stories. The guileless narrative sounds like it came directly from the brain of a child with a vivid imagination.
Praise for Ponti's Hīznobyūtī — A wonderfully strange, poignant, and empowering tale of finding one’s own place in the world. Bullies abound, but kindness, empathy, and forgiveness loom larger for our long-snouted hero.