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The lovely smell of baking cakes being made by David and his mother, lures a witch to their garden. David takes pity on her and gives her his cakes which are exactly the way she likes them - burnt! And there is a recipe on the last page too.
32 pages
Published June 1985 by J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd (first published 1974)
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Katie
Mar 05, 2015 Katie rated it liked it
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David is cooking with his Mother at home on a dull day. A Witch flys overhead and smells the baking. She loves the smell and lands in the cherry tree and tries to get one of the cakes, but David sees her and foyles her attempts until he gives her the burnt cakes which she loves.

Too long for storytimes but interesting grammer and vocabulary.

Pictures are really dated, especially of the Mother; flares and mullet hair style.
Little Free Library #8424
This had a nice fancifulness to it that I wouldn't have expected. I liked the fact that it featured a boy helping his mother cook rather than the more stereotypical plot it could have had.

I enjoyed the fact that the witch seemed real to the boy, but nearly imaginary to the mother, but she humored her son.

I also know what to do with burned cakes now!
Chris Aldrich
Aug 25, 2015 Chris Aldrich rated it liked it
This had a nice fancifulness to it that I wouldn't have expected. I liked the fact that it featured a boy helping his mother cook rather than the more stereotypical plot it could have had.

I enjoyed the fact that the witch seemed real to the boy, but nearly imaginary to the mother, but she humored her son.

I also know what to do with burned cakes now!
Kim
Jul 07, 2014 Kim rated it it was amazing
An early Mahy classic. I love the relationship between David and his mother, and how they caution each other against the ploys of the hungry witch.

Mahy's words are as deeply satisfying as freshly-baked cakes and Jenny Williams' illustrations are a perfect complement to them.
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Margaret Mahy was a well-known New Zealand author of children's and young adult books. While the plots of many of her books have strong supernatural elements, her writing concentrates on the themes of human relationships and growing up.

Her books The Haunting and The Changeover: A Supernatural Romance both received the Carnegie Medal of the British Library Association. There have 100 children's boo
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