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Hector’s Perfect Cake by Lily Clarke



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…



My Review:

Thank you to the author and Rachel’s Random Resources for my copy of this book which I have read voluntarily and honestly reviewed.

This is a beautifully illustrated story, ideal for sharing with younger children and for older ones to read. It has an important message, too – that it isn’t necessarily to always be perfect! Hector is endeavouring to bake the perfect birthday cake for his Granny but he’s run out of peanut butter. As he visits a variety of shops we meet more animal characters but will he find the peanut butter – I’ll let you read it to find out for yourself!

The pictures in the book are superb and add so much to this lovely story. They are bright, colourful and appealing – great for stimulating discussions and highly entertaining. The text is large and in a clear, very legible font that will help younger readers though they will need help with some of the words used. It is a delightful book to share with youngsters and I also think many teachers would enjoy using it with their pupils, too, especially to help them understand that it is fine to be perfectly less than perfect in life!

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Author Bio –

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.


Social Media Links –

Twitter – @lilyclarkex

Instagram – @lilyinspacedesigns

Facebook –  https://www.facebook.com/lilyclarkeillustrator


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