Honey Cake is proof that books for seven and eight year olds can discuss big and scary themes. The Nazis, foreign occupation, the dangers of resistance — all in chapter-book form. And all embedded in a fast-paced, tension-filled story that had me biting my lip the entire time.
Why can’t every chapter book be this good?
I didn’t share Honey Cake with my daughter. Not yet. I thought it was a little too scary for a five year old who can’t watch Finding Nemo without having nightmares. But I will!
In the meantime, we’ve been reading Heidi at bedtimes. And I couldn’t help but notice that the children’s books that I remember from childhood, that I’ve been so excited to share — Heidi, The Wizard of Oz, The Borrowers, Charlotte’s Web — all offer themes a little deeper than a lost fairy party bag.
Here’s to Honey Cake!