A stunning book about the pleasure of imaginative play. Winner of the LIANZA Illustration Award – Russell Clark Award for 2013.
Harvey wants to bake a great cake, but doesn’t have all the ingredients. That doesn’t stop him. Harvey can make cakes from the most amazing things!


Tina Matthews was born and raised in New Zealand and now lives in Sydney where she works as a writer and illustrator, and as a visiting author in schools and libraries. She illustrates her books in a variety of ways, from Japanese woodblock to Adobe Photoshop. In 2008, her previous title Out of the Egg won the Best First Book Award at the New Zealand Post Book Awards and was listed as a CBCA Notable Book. Waiting for Later was short-listed for the 2011 Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards, Children’s Book - Mary Ryan’s Award. In 2012, it was also a finalist in the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards, Picture Book category, and the LIANZA Awards. A Great Cake was a finalist in the 2013 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards, Picture Book category, and won the LIANZA Russell Clark Award for illustration. Tina has worked as a puppet maker and writer in children’s theatre and television for 25 years, including for ABC TV’s Bananas in Pyjamas and The Ferals, The Upside Down Show and Jim Henson’s Labyrinth. She has taught puppetry at NIDA for many years in the Bachelor of Fine Arts course and is the designer and producer of the bestselling Black and White Baby Mobile for newborn babies. For more information about the author please visit www.ttinamatthews.com


The repeated language runs to a perfect beat along with Tina’s beloved wood carved illustrations making this book absolute winner. If you want a fun book to leave you with the warm and fuzzies and tickle your imagination, then you should pick this one up. Also, there is a cake recipe at the end. Win.

Aussie Reviews

This is a picture book well suited to pre-schoolers. The essential ingredients in this book are family, imaginative play and everyday family life. A Great Cake follows a repetitive structure, which will help young children to understand processes and instructional texts.

Western Australian School Library Association

This will go on my favourites’ list, highly recommended.

Magpies Magazine

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