Told entirely through pictures, The Birthday Cake is a detective story, filled with humorous details and red herrings.Children can follow the many different leads presented in the illustrations, and read it themselves or in pairs.Questions to help you follow the storyWhat keeps happening to the birthday cake each time Dog tries to make it?Whose birthday party is it?Who stole the necklace?How do the others catch the thief?Where is Rabbit's party dress?What are Frog and Piglet doing in the tree?Who is hiding under the sheets on the washing line?
The Tjong-Khing (born in 1933) is a children's book illustrator based in the Netherlands. He was born in Indonesia, attended the Seni Rupa Arts Institute in Bandung, and moved to the Netherlands in 1956. As a child he was interested in the Tarzan comic strips of Edgar Rice Burroughs. The has won the Golden Pencil Award three times (a major Dutch children's book award), and in 2005 the Woutertje Pieterse Prize for Best Dutch Children's Book for his book Waar is de taart? (Where is the cake?), a wordless picture book which was also nominated for the German Youth Literature Prize in 2007.