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Max Makes a Cake

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Baby sisters can be so annoying!

That's what Max thinks. Max needs his daddy's help—right now!—to bake a surprise Passover birthday cake for his mommy. But as baby Trudy fusses instead of napping, and Daddy tries to settle her down, their time to bake is slipping away.

With her warm and pithy storytelling, Michelle Edwards captures the moment in a child's life when he reali
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 28th 2014 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2014)
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Peoria Public Library
Apr 02, 2020 rated it liked it
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Jillian rated it 3. stars.

A charming story about a little boy who is all grown up - he's an expert at getting dressed, and can *almost* tie his shoes - and ready for Passover. Like, really ready for Passover. It's his mom's birthday, and Max and his dad have bought a special cake mix to make a birthday cake for his mom. (This is a big deal, because the rules for Passover make regular birthday cake a no-no!) But his little sister won't go down for her nap, and nobody thought about making frosting
Lisa Katz
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Introducing March’s Passover PJ library book!

Meet Max, who wants to bake a surprise Passover birthday cake for his mom. Max is a big boy, he can almost tie his shoes, and he even knows the four questions for Passover in Hebrew and English. But everyone knows that baking a cake during Passover is not so easy and one must get really creative. So Max gets to work, only he really needs the help of his dad to pull this off. But dad is too busy with Max’s fussy baby sister and so Max decides to take
Jan 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Max was growing up, he could dress himself, almost tie his shoes, and he knew the Four Questions for Passover in Hebrew and English. It was his mother’s birthday and he wanted to make her a cake. But when his little sister started to cry and Max’s dad took her for her nap. Max waited and waited for his dad to come back to bake the cake, but his sister just kept waking up and crying. So Max decided to make some frosting to help. It turned out very nicely, a mix of jam and cream cheese. Max knew t ...more
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Max Makes a Cake is a cute story about a child taking the initiative when circumstances prevent his father from helping him make a birthday cake for his mother. When Max's father has to take care of the baby while his mother paints, Max tries to wait patiently, but when he gets tired of waiting he decides to go ahead and make something himself. I liked Max's initiative, but I also appreciated the fact that Max doesn't try to use the oven or other appliances by himself, instead he improvises beau ...more
I love this book. The story is cute (although not in fact of much relevance to Passover). But the illustrations are a knockout. They are adorable and expressive and they light up the text. You find yourself sympathizing with Max and pulling for him, because in the pictures he is irresistible. You "get" everything he's going through, right in your gut because of those pictures of him. The illustrator, Charles Santoso, is an animator from Australia and this is his first children's book. My guess i ...more
Oct 23, 2015 rated it liked it
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Max Makes a Cake, written by Michelle Edwards, illustrated by Charles Santoso

Max finds the way to make a unique Passover surprise birthday cake for his mother. Funny! Max is very inventive.

Age Range: 3 - 7 years
Grade Level: Preschool - 2
This story feels like it's competing with itself for subject matter. It begins with a young boy mastering the Four Questions in Hebrew and English as he and his family celebrate the Jewish holidays of Seder and Passover. Then, it changes gear and becomes about the little boy's growing impatience to bake a birthday cake for his mother and his creative solution to the problem.

Following the story is a bullet list explaining how to make the cake Max made for his mother and brief notes about the Four
Sara Grochowski
Max has big plans with his dad to make a birthday cake for Mommy's birthday, but has to take things into his own hands when Daddy gets distracted with taking care of Max's little sister. With creativity and taste tastes, Max makes up his own birthday cake recipe using jam, cream cheese, and matzoh that delights Mommy and leaves Max feeling grown up and capable. Very cute! ...more
Max is in a big hurry to make a birthday cake for his mom and he can't wait for his dad to come help him. So he makes one on his own! It is all about Passover, so would be good for children who recognize Passover or who are learning about other cultures. ...more
Lesley Looper
Since Passover is coming up, this book was a very timely read. I liked how Max showed creativity with the cake making, instead of getting mad or fussy when his father had to spend more time with the baby sister.
Carrie Jolly
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I didn't realize this was a Hanukkah book when I picked it out. It is a really sweet story to read and even has a recipe for "hurry hurry hurry up cake" in the back. We will probably check this out again when it's close to Passover season. ...more
Aug 05, 2015 rated it liked it
It's Max's mom's birthday, and it's also Passover. Max decides to make a cake for his mom on his own when his dad gets tied up with his baby sister. Matzo cake it is! Recipe is in the back of the book. ...more
Read  Ribbet
Feb 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Max takes things into his own hands to make a cake when the rest of the family is busy...a fairly common storyline but Michelle Edwards develops the story in a Jewish family so the reader sees important cultural references.
Miriah Mascetta
This book was published in 2014. I loved this book and thought it was sweet how he wanted to make a cake for his mother. It also had a great story of the passover story in the back and telling what it means. Not only do you have a wonderful book to read, but you get to learn some history to.
Mollie B
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Josie Stewart
Love that the parents in this book accept Max's creation and enjoy it - Max's special recipe is included in the story! ...more
Jan 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Nice parallel with the hurry to make a birthday cake (between Max's father tending to the needs of a baby sister) and the Passover story of the Jews escaping Pharaoh's Egypt. ...more
Joan Marie
Love the "Hurry, Hurry, Hurry Cake" idea. A sweet book to add to a collection about Jewish customs & Passover for young readers. ...more
Edward Sullivan
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
For his mom's birthday during Passover. ...more
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