Tyler makes a birthday cake!

Tyler Florence

Book - 2014

Tyler organizes a birthday party for his dog, Tofu, and his canine friends, with an extra special cake, and includes a classic carrot cake recipe and a dog-friendly version.

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New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers [2014]
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Main Author
Tyler Florence (author)
Other Authors
Craig Frazier, 1955- (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Tyler, who has introduced kids to cooking and baking in several previous books, now wants to make a birthday cake for his dog, Tofu. It's off to Mr. Baker's shop, and step-by-step, he shows Tyler how to procure the ingredients for carrot cake, which necessitates a visit to a farm, before he explains the baking procedure. The one twist is that when Mr. Baker realizes that the cake is not for Tyler, the recipe must be revised for canine consumption. Both the text and the oversize art, outlined in blue, are simple yet amusing. Cake recipes for both man and beast are appended. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 2—Having made pancakes and then spaghetti, Tyler and his dog are now ready to make a cake for Tofu's special day—but dogs can't eat cake. When the baker who is helping Tyler reminds him that cake for humans is too rich for canines, Tyler is discouraged, but the man comes up with a wonderful substitute: a special cake just for Tofu. The book ends with recipes for two cakes: a carrot cake for humans and a cake with appropriate ingredients for dogs that is shaped like a bone for Tofu. As in the previous two books, Tyler learns where the ingredients come from, as text and illustrations imagine him going with the baker to gather everything and then describe the steps needed to mix all of them together to produce the cake. The large pictures are done with pen and ink, and the digitally colored characters, outlined in blue, are easy to see, making this a book that could be used in storytime along with an actual cake-making project or at home with an adult. Combining a story and a cooking lesson is a novel approach, and it works well for this author and Food Network chef.—Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA [Page 78]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Tyler organizes a birthday party for his dog, Tofu, and his canine friends, with an extra special cake, and includes a classic carrot cake recipe and a dog-friendly version.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The host of How to Boil Water presents the story of young Tyler, who organizes a birthday party for his dog, Tofu, that includes a delicious cake and a tasty canine treat, in a tale complemented by fun facts and two recipes. 50,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A sweet treat awaits Tyler and Tofu when they discover that dessert is delicious and fun to make! Plus Food Network star Tyler Florence shares two carrot cake recipes&;one for people, and then a dog-friendly twist on this dessert favorite&;and includes a Did You Know? section filled with fun facts about the ingredients.With Tofu's birthday right around the corner, Tyler wants to give his best pal a perfect party, and he knows that no birthday bash is complete without a big birthday cake! Tyler and Tofu venture back into the kitchen, where Mr. Baker takes them on an imaginary journey around the world to find delicious ingredients to create a carrot cake perfect for the celebration. But when Tyler says it's a treat for Tofu, he discovers that not all of his favorite foods are good for dogs. Luckily, Mr. Baker can cook up a canine snack just in time for the party!