Hector is baking a cake for his Granny and he’s determined that it’s going to be perfect.
But when he discovers that the peanut butter jar is empty, Hector decides that he must head out to find some more, or else his perfect cake will be ruined.
As time begins to run out, Hector’s luck begins to run out too. He may have to accept that sometimes perfection just isn’t possible…
This book is so unbelievably adorable and from start to finish, it was wonderful.
The illustrations are so beautiful and they compliment the story so well. It’s obvious how much work Lily Clarke has put into this book.
Hector is trying to bake the perfect cake but this doesn’t go according to plan. This is a good analogy for life in general and it’s a clever and clear way to teach children that things don’t have to be perfect and that perfectionism is subjective.
It also shows them that things don’t always go according to plan and that’s OK. Just do your best and don’t worry – an important thing to remember for both children and adults in this social media driven culture.
Lily Clarke has created has created a special book. With Christmas around the corner, this would make a great addition to the present list.
About Lily Clarke…
Lily Clarke is the author and illustrator of Hector’s Perfect Cake.
She studied Physics at the University of York and now works as an innovation consultant in Cambridge.
When she doesn’t have her nose in a book, she runs a small business called Lily in Space Designs, where she sells a range of illustrated products inspired by books and nature. Her favourite animals are badgers, birds and bats, (although she also loves animals that don’t begin with the letter B!).
Hector’s Perfect Cake is Lily’s first book, inspired by her own experiences of dealing with perfectionism.
Novel Kicks is a blog for story tellers and book lovers.
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