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The Rascally Cake [Paperback]

Jeanne Willis , Korky Paul
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Book Description

3 Sep 2009

The ghastly Mr Skumskins O'Parsley's favourite dishes include wormcast butties, squashed tadpoles on toast and bogey burgers. O'Parsley decides one day to bake an extra special cake, with more revolting ingredients than you can possibly imagine. However, when the cake decides to eat HIM, he realises it is time to mend his ways.

The rollicking rhymes by Jeanne Willis are accompanied by Korky Paul's exuberant illustrations.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Andersen; Reprint edition (3 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842707175
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842707173
  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 21.6 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jeanne Willis is an award-winning children's author, published worldwide. She has written over 150 books including picture books, novelty, teen novels and poetry. She was shortlisted for the Whitbread for her novel Naked Without a Hat, won the Smarties Silver for Tadpole's Promise, the Nasen Special Needs Award for Susan Laughs and many more besides. Recently, she won the Sheffield for Who's in The Loo and is short-listed for The Red House Children's Book Award for Bottoms Up. Her novel Dumb Creatures is in production.
Jeanne has over 20 years experience as an advertising copywriter and has created T.V, cinema and radio commercials for major clients including Heinz, Mencap and British Gas (If you see Sid, tell him!) She has also written hundreds of T.V scripts including The Slow Norris, Dog and Duck, The Twins, Maisy (Best Script, British Animation Awards) Marvellous Milly, The Ark, Upstairs Downstairs Bears, Dr Xargle and The Wombles.
Jeanne Lives in North London with two kids, two cats, a rabbit, 99 tadpoles and a Bogbaby.

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"Wonderfully horrid. Top juniors will love it!" (School Librarian)

"A romp of a book. Guaranteed to appeal to the most reluctant of readers...children will relish the rhyming text, and will revel in the horrors of the anti-hero's kitchen." (Junior Education)

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Korky Paul's action-packed and distinctive artwork is the perfect match for Jeanne Willis's hilarious rhyming tale, complete with all the revolting ingredients children love.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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On a visit to the U.K. I happened upon a copy of this wonderful book. There is incredible humor in this rhythmic and unusual tale. When I read it I laughed out loud. I was unable to find it in America so I purchased it from Amazon UK. My 5 year old grand daughter likes it as much as I do. We read it often and each time it is as fresh and funny as the last. The illustrations are among the best I have ever seen. As a result, I have looked for other works by author, Jeanne Willis, and illustrator, Korky Paul. If you have a slightly twisted sense of humor you will love this book !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reading for adults and children 19 Jan 2003
Korky Paul's illustrations make this splendid book come to life. It's a book you simply have the read over and over again. Written in rhyme the book tells the story of Rufus Skumskins O'Parsley who makes and eats horrible things and decides to mak the ultimate Christmas Cake. The cake takes on a life of its own and escapes from Rufus causing Rufus to rethink his old and disgusting ways. We have now collected most of Korky's works and my children, and their friends, always ask for more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Rascally Cake 18 Mar 2009
This is such a fab fun book. I bought if for my little 3year old who absolutely loves it and has learnt it off by heart. I think it would suit up to about a 6yr old, my son just hasn't got bored of it even a year after we first saw it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously revolting! 24 Jan 2009
Night after night after night my daughter requests this book over hundreds on the shelf! It was a favourite of both my older children too, and they still creep in to listen. The pictures are incredible too. I can't recommend it enough!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining read 14 Jun 2014
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This book had my children in stitches. The comical text and characters are a joy and the fact that it rhymes is an added bonus. Would highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book ever 27 Feb 2014
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This is a brilliant book that all my children loved and now the next generation loves it too. It is rude enough to be naughty but polite enough to get away with it:)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 30 Aug 2013
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Should be loved by children and parents alike. Fantastic Paul illustrations (as always!) and a rather creepy story but lots of fun!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book 27 Jun 2013
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What I want to do is write fab 20 times. It's so good this book - brilliant to read out loud. fab Fab Fab
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Disgusting and humorous - perfect for little boys
This is a story for audience participation - yuck and disgusting abound. Very funny and well illustrated. Ideal for little boys (and probably girls) of a certain age!
Published 18 months ago by The Willow Tree
5.0 out of 5 stars A review from Hilton Primary Acdemy, Newcastle upon Tyne
This book is about a man who made horrible food. My favourite part is when the cake comes alive. I like it because the cake bites Rufus. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Zoe Walton, Year 2
5.0 out of 5 stars Grandchildren love it
My grandchildren loved this book and both of them have had it read to them and read it themselves and are still laughing at the story and the pictures
Published 19 months ago by jon
5.0 out of 5 stars Rascally Cake
My five year old daughter brought this book home from school. She and my 7 year old daughter love the discusting receipe and the wonderful rhymes. Read more
Published on 11 July 2012 by Hilly
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny book.
Great story with lots of humour and the illustrations are great - by the author/illustrator of Winnie the Witch. Read more
Published on 29 Feb 2012 by Olivia's mum
5.0 out of 5 stars Why isn't it more popular?
This is one of those books that you'll enjoy reading to your children night after night.

The prose flows like Dr Seuss. Read more
Published on 24 Dec 2010 by Dave C
5.0 out of 5 stars rascally cake
fun wording and brilliantly illustrated. my two boys loved the fun describing words and the story of the making of a yukky cake. fantastic for all ages!
Published on 13 April 2010 by Mr. Mark S. Page
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent for kids and adults
This is a cracker of a book. I bought it at christmas for my 4 year old daughter. This has become her favorite book, she wants me to read it to her all the time and to be honest... Read more
Published on 31 Dec 2009 by C. o'connell
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