Crocodile Cake, by Palo Morgan & Chris Nixon

This evening I am going to bake
The most fantastic, scrumptious cake.
A wondrous cake of sheer delight
A cake too good to even bite…

When the girl in this rhyming tale decides to bake a cake she doesn’t want one that is splendiferous layers of cream and toffee, but rather a scary crocodile cake. Grandpa helps her bake it, but while he’s asleep the crocodile cake comes alive, jumps out of the oven and wreaks havoc. It is up to the child to stop the crocodile and save her family.

Crocodile Cake is a funny story which is a delight to read aloud. The rhyme and rhythm flow, and the colourful illustrations are filled with quirky detail and vary from light and bright to dark colours at the scariest moments and back to light as the situation is resolved.

A real treat.

Crocodile Cake

Crocodile Cake, by Palo Morgan and Chris Nixon
Fremantle Press, 2009

This book can be purchased online from Fishpond. Buying through this link supports Aussiereviews.

Cat Balloon

Every night one thousand cats watch the moon ride over their heads. One small cat called Cat Balloon longs to fly with the moon, but the other cats tell him sternly: “Cats can’t fly.”

Cat Balloon doesn’t care what they say – he is determined to find a way and so sets off on a journey to search for the secret of the full moon. That night, nine hundred and ninety-nine cats see an amazing sight.

Cat Balloon, by Palo Morgan, is a delightful story in verse suitable for three to seven year olds. Not only will children love the story, they will be fascinated by Morgan’s beautiful illustrations. From plain moggies to stately lions, the one thousand cats will captivate young animal lovers and the luminous moon seems to sine out of the page.

The book is available with or without a CD of music from the Spare Parts Puppet Theatre’s stage adaptation.

Cat Balloon, by Palo Morgan
Published by Sandcastle Books (Fremantle Arts Centre Press Children’s Book Imprint), 1992.