There’s a Dodo On the Wedding Cake by Wade Bradford, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes

There’s a Dodo On the Wedding Cake by Wade Bradford, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes. Candlewick Press, 2021. 9781536208849

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 5

Format:  Hardcover

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book?   In a sequel to There’s a Dinosaur on the 13th Floor, violinist Mr. Snore, with his extremely large nose, is back to play at a wedding.  Unfortunately, a dodo bird begins to eat the icing from the wedding cake.  Mr. Snore chases the dodo off with his violin bow and takes on the job of protecting the cake.  He chases off two beavers in chef hats, a boa wearing a top hat, and a closet full of bats.  When a tuxedo-wearing T-Rex appears, Mr. Snore locks him in the freezer.  The wedding planner arrives to tell Mr. Snore that the beavers were actually the pastry chefs coming to fix the icing, the boa was the best man, the bats were wedding guests, and that he has locked the groom in the freezer!  All ends well with Mr. Snore playing at the wedding until Mr. Snore realizes that the icing is marshmallow and he is allergic.  A huge sneeze covers the wedding party with icing and the dodo returns in time to be tossed out of the hotel as he is not on the guest list.  The illustrations, in acrylic and ink, add to the hilarity with bright color, detail and movement.  A very humorous story filled with wonderful characters.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Fans of the first book will welcome this hilarious sequel.  Hand it to fans of silly books by Ryan T. Higgins, Dan Santat, and Mo Willems.

Who should buy this book?  Public and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:  October 5, 2021

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