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The Cake That Mack Ate    by Rose Robart & Maryann Kovalski order for
Cake That Mack Ate
by Rose Robart
Order:  USA  Can
Scott Foresman, 1991 (1987)
Hardcover, Paperback
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Kids love birthday cakes, and dogs, and can easily empathize with a pooch who gets into trouble, which is what Mack does in this takeoff on This is the House that Jack Built. It begins, 'This is the cake that Mack ate' beside a luscious, lit birthday cake, and ends 'This is Mack. He ate the cake' to a picture of his horrified humans.

In between, kids can see where the cake came from ... an egg, laid by a hen, who ate corn, grown from seed, planted by a farmer, with a wife, who made the cake, and lit the candles. The fun is in the repetition, which my sons and I shouted out with great gusto when they were small. And we were all sad when poor Mack ended up in the doghouse at the end, but agreed that the cake was probably worth it.

The Cake That Mack Ate is a treat, and Maryann Kovalski's illustrations are warm and whimsical - altogether great fun for lovers of dogs and doggerel!

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