Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sunday Sweets: Reading Rocks

Sunday, May 31, 2009

This past week I read a story on how rapper Kanye West is a "proud non-reader" and, despite the fact that he recently wrote a 52-page book of "Kanye-isms" that he would like you to buy and read yourself, he has "no respect" for books. Or to put it in his own words,

"Sometimes people write novels and they just be so wordy and so self-absorbed. I am not a fan of books. I would never want a book's autograph."

That's good, Kanye, since it's a right pain to get a book to even hold a pen, much less autograph itself.

Anyhoo, after banging my head against the desk and weeping for future generations, I decided that today we should celebrate those authors and illustrators who made (and make) reading so much fun during our early years.

Remember The Very Hungry Caterpillar?

[swooning] Just lookit those teensy little feet! And how perfectly the greens swirl together!

This adorable cupcake mosaic (not a cupcake cake, now, a cupcake mosaic) has been submitted by about a billion readers, but I do believe Rachel K. was the first. It was made by the stupendously talented Coco Cake Cupcakes, who is also responsible for this guy:

That's Moishe of Where the Wild Things Are.

Here's a side view:
Love that big orange nose. (There's another WTWTA Sweet here, too.)

Here are a few that look like the book itself:

I like how the curtain goes from 2D to 3D - very nice.
(Found by Amanda W. at the Night Kitchen)

Zita H. found this next one on Cake Central, but she didn't say by which baker. Let me know who I should credit if you recognize it:

I especially like how the "book" looks a little careworn - as if it's been read many times. I'm going to give the baker the benefit of the doubt and assume that's intentional. ;)

Here's some more Dr. Seuss, this time courtesy of Debbie Does Cakes:

Amazing.

I was hoping we'd have some Golden Books represented today, and luckily Hey You delivered with this Poky Little Puppy inspired cutie:

This was made by her friend Stacey, and you can see more pictures of it and the party here.

I've had this Babar cake photo forever, so you guys will have to help me once again in identifying the baker:

I love everything: the colors, the outlining, the garland... just exquisite.

And finally, how about a little love for Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit?

He looks like felt, doesn't he? That's some gorgeous figure modeling!
(By Cheryl of Heavenly Confections.)

Hope you enjoyed these sweet selections, guys! Now please, go find a kid and read something together, k?
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Anonymous said...

THAT POKY PUPPY DESERVES TO BE EATEN! HE DUG A HOLE IN THE GARDEN!!! WEAPONS OUT! -gets out fork- CHAAAARGE! -stuffs mouth with poky puppy-

Anonymous said...

what i love is some of the comments saying that for the ones who have their kid in their lap as they lok at these can name them. i hop that makes sesne.

Aliza said...

Oh, these cakes bring back memories! How sweet reading is.

My mother used to make shaped cakes for my birthday, and the first one she ever did (and one of my favourites) was a cupcake caterpillar! It was different-- I only discovered that book in time for friends' kids-- but thanks for the memory.

And a couple of friends and I give books for baby showers now: what better gift could there be, other than reading? (OK, reading + cake!!). The first time I did that, I sewed big stuffed fish out of cuddly polar fleece, and gave One Fish/Two Fish because it matched the colours. Awwwww....

PS I'm glad my taste in music doesn't have illiterate twits. Rock singers have other issues (!) but at least I haven't heard any of the dis reading.

Anonymous said...

Let's not forget, we also have this "musician" to thank for the fact that an entire generation believes that "conversate"* is a word. Ugh.

*For anyone who is surprised by my comment, please buy a dictionary; the verb form of conversation is CONVERSE.

Cupcakes Lady said...

The Dr. Seuss cakes are a work of art and Peter Rabbit looks too good to eat. xx

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