Welcome back to another exciting episode of Mr. Pig Live! Today's guest is extra special because she's brought cake. Oh, and er, she happens to be my dear friend and neighbor. Let's give a big paw to the lovable star of Anika and Christopher Denise's new picture book, BAKING DAY AT GRANDMA'S, the one, the only . . . Grandma Bear!Welcome and thanks for the delicious cake, Grandma! What is your full name?
What one word best describes you?
Do you have a belly button?
Now, is that appropriate, dear?
Oh dear. I don't want to offend a sizable bear. Next question . . . What is the best thing about being you?
Let’s see. . . . I have three adorable grandcubs, and I own a lovely cabin in the woods.
What is the worst thing about being you?
Shopping in the Big and Tall section at Bears R Us.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what would you bring?
Pictures of my three grandcubs, tea, chocolate.
What is your idea of the perfect day?
Snowy. Cold. Baking something delicious with my grandcubs.
|From BAKING DAY AT GRANDMA'S by Anika Denise. Illustration copyright 2014 by Christopher Denise.|
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Sleep inducing powers. (The cubs refuse to hibernate.)
What are you reading right now?
Baking with Julia by Julia Child and Wild About Bears by Jeannie Brett.
Two of my favorites! Speaking of favorites, what is your favorite word?
What is you least favorite word?
What is your favorite sound?
My grandcubs’ giggles.
What is your least favorite sound?
The too-quiet sound in the house after the grandcubs leave.
If you could dine with three characters from other books, who would they be?
Betty Bunny (we share a love of chocolate cake) and the two twin bakers from In The Night Kitchen.
If a genie gave you one wish, what would you wish for?
A Kitchen-aid mixer.
If you have a pocket, what is in it right now?
A hanky and a peppermint candy.
What is your pet peeve?
Guests who say no to dessert.
What was it like working with my fellow Cottager Anika Denise?
Oh, lovely, dear. She sure enjoys her sweet treats—so we got along splendidly.
I'm quite fond of her, too. Thanks for joining us, Grandma Bear! Before you go, let's watch a clip of Anika and Christopher Denise baking a cake just like the one you made with your grandcubs. Yum!
About the book
BAKING DAY AT GRANDMA'S
Philomel, August 2014
“A rollicking, rhyming salute to the grandmother-grandchild bond. . . . While the cake is baking, there’s hot chocolate to drink and frosty windows to draw on. ‘Old-time music, soft and sweet, / Skippy notes and tapping feet. / Learning songs that Grandma sings— / When the kitchen timer rings!’ But this cake isn’t for eating; the siblings carefully decorate and wrap each piece as gifts.” –Kirkus Reviews
“A recipe for Grandma Rosie’s Chocolate Cake is included. This gentle story will leave children feeling warm and fuzzy. It’s perfect for individual sharing, storytime, baking time, and pretty much any time.” –School Library Journal
About the author
To read more about Anika's books, visit www.anikadenise.com
About the illustrator
|Photo Credit: Grayhorse Photography|
To learn more about Christopher, visit www.christopherdenise.com