Monday, October 4, 2021

Picture Book Review: There's a Dodo on the Wedding Cake by Wade Bradford, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes (2021)

Quick Booktalk 

In this sequel to There's a Dinosaur on the 13th Floor, Mr. Snore is back at the Sharemore Hotel, this time to play his violin for a wedding. While he waits to begin his performance, he takes it upon himself to protect the cake from a variety of animals who seem intent upon getting too close to it. 

About the Illustrations 

The pictures provide the humor in this book through  physical comedy and facial expressions. Some illustrations fill an entire page; others appear inside circles which focus the eye on just one specific moment or one specific action. The color scheme is bright and lively and gives the book a cheerful mood that counterbalances Mr. Snore's growing frustration and annoyance as the book goes on.  

Story Time Possibilities

Given a choice between this book and the first one, the earlier title is the one I would choose for story time. This follow-up just doesn't have the same freshness. There are dozens of other picture books about funny animal behavior that I think I would prefer over this one. The only possible circumstance I can see where I would choose this book might be if I was trying to do a story time about weddings, and I can't imagine why that theme would ever be on my radar. 

Readers Advisory 

There aren't a lot of books for kids about weddings that are about anything more than just the typical experience of attending or participating in a wedding ceremony, so in that sense, this book might fill a gap, especially for families who might be looking for a lighthearted way to explain marriage to preschoolers, or to get a reluctant little boy excited for a wedding. Mostly, though, the punchline in this one is too obvious and not that funny, and the book as a whole struck me as very forgettable. 


I received a finished copy of There's a Dodo on the Wedding Cake from Candlewick Press in exchange for an honest review.

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