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For fans of Mo Willems' Don't Let the Pigeon... series. Baking the perfect cake is how Marigold spends Mondays. Being messy, noisy, and disruptive in Marigold's kitchen are how one finch, two pigeons, and three loons spend their Mondays!

Marigold the cat loves Mondays, for that is when he bakes cakes! With his favorite recipe in front of him, he rolls up his sleeves and gets down to it. He whips up egg whites . . . Easy. He adds a cup of milk . . . Peasy. Then he sprinkles in just a pinch of . . . of finch?! That's not right at all! Neither are the smidgeons of pigeons or the spoonsfull of loons. Clearly a chase is in order! Yet all that leads to is a spectacularly messy kitchen. And no cake.

With a recipe comprised of equal parts humor and charm, author-illustrator Mike Malbrough has cooked up a scrumptious laugh-out-loud addition to the great tradition of interruption books. Perfect for fans of Mo Willems' Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and David Ezra Stein's Interrupting Chicken.

Praise for Marigold Bakes a Cake

"This book contains the perfect recipe for fun. The watercolor illustrations are impeccable. . . This humorous book would be ideal for a storytime reading."--School Library Journal

"Malbrough's watercolor illustrations are full of charmingly zany details, from dapper Marigold's polka-dot bow tie to the chocolate splatters after the birds take over the cake making, and the creatures' over-the-top facial expressions amp up the comedy. Playful rhymes and surprising page turns make this a great pick for a group storytime, and the comical ending . . . will be a valuable one for kiddos."--BOOKLIST

"Debut talent Malbrough celebrates the act of culinary creation and the joy of being absorbed in a personal passion - and, like the best desserts, he doesn't let his story get too sweet. In one of many lovely watercolor spreads, Marigold blends glossy curls of shaved chocolate and a ribbon of molasses into the batter. . . Doing what one loves, Malbrough shows, makes it possible to transcend even the basest instincts."--Publishers Weekly

"Clever text follows the illustrations around the page, swirling with chocolate shavings and molasses as Marigold mixes his batter. The lush, textured watercolors match the energy of the story . . . Kids will giggle over the antics of both cat and birds during readalouds and will find plenty of humorous details to discover in the illustrations on their own."--BCCB



About the Author

Mike Malbrough

From a young age Michael enjoyed drawing, storytelling and populating his world with creatures and tales from his imagination. He began his long journey to children's literature at a local puppet theater, and over the years as a freelancer balanced his client work with directing an art studio and teaching to cultivate and inspire young artists in his local community.It wasn't until reading books to his own children that Michael would refocus a long creative career back towards his first love of spinning yarns for the youngest among us. In 2016, Michael's debut picture book MARIGOLD BAKES A CAKE was published by Philomel to wonderful reviews.His upcoming titles include the WARREN & DRAGON chapter book series by Ariel Bernstein (Viking Books) , YOU MADE ME A DADDY by Laurenne Sala, a 2019 HarperCollins picture book that celebrates fatherhood and the second book featuring Marigold, the fancy and persnickety ginger cat.



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