Journey Cake, Ho! (Picture Puffins) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-11-14 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 11 user ratings

" Old Caldecott Honor book. Rural catastrophe solved by runaway cake. Huh? Not sure if I like the message in this one or not. Probably not. Hoping for random goodness doesn't sound like a good plan. And the art is only okay. But interesting and silly. " said.

" I found Sawyer's anthropomorphism of Johnny's Journey Cake awesome. It's a shame that it's coming off my school library's shelves. I'm seeing other reviews comment on its peculiarity. I'm rather fond of slightly off things like this myself.It's a fantasy tale for small children, for crying out loud! It'd be nice to read aloud... " said.

" McCloskey's illustrations are really amusing as they accompany this rural tale of the disastrous loss of all Johnny's family's farm animals. His departure with a "journey cake" turns into the wheel of a cake leading him on a roundabout circuit that brings him home with a train of livestock that replenishes all that were lost. " said.

" McCloskey's brown and white drawings over a pale sea green background are energetic and full of life, and his draftsmanship is impeccable. The people and animal faces are very expressive. The story is similar to, but not exactly the same as "The Gingerbread Boy" folktale. The text has a rollicking pace with the feel of a folktale, and the story comes full circle. (Caldecott Honor, 1954) " said.

" 1954 Caldecott HonorFavorite illustration: The family creeps out in the middle of the night in their pajamas to check on the farm animals.Favorite line: A bother, a pest!All work and no rest!Come winter, come spring,Life's a nettlesome thing.Kid-appeal: I think kids will still enjoy the word play of this book. " said.

" There are some major ethical issues with this story. When the journey cake is off running down and up the mountain and all those animals decide to follow it, where do you think those other animals came from? They weren't wild animals, no they were not! I didn't like this story, the illustrations weren't something I enjoyed and the story was a little wonky.*Taken from my book reviews blog: " said.

" Nothing anybody does in the story moves the plot forward at all -- it's all chance that anything goes wrong or anything works out. The animals, save for the ducks, which could be wild, are coming from somewhere -- the chickens are even coming from a barnyard! So bad luck is befalling somebody else to give the characters good luck. Some of the illustrations are really lovely, though. The ones from far away, showing the hill and the trees and the cabin are so gorgeous. " said.

" Not my first read, but probably my last as this is the kind of book that libraries are culling aggressively these days. I love the grace of the writing, the charm of the illustrations, the gimmick of the Journey/ Johnny Cake and Merry and Grumble. I don't understand the theft of the animals or the role of Raucus, [sic] the sentinel crow. Maybe hill people sometimes adopted a wild crow to be 'watchdog' -? " said.

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