Review: Freddie’s Amazing Bakery

Book Title: Freddie’s Amazing Bakery: The Great Raspberry Mix-Up (available here)

Author: Harriet Whitehorn

Illustrator: Alex G Griffiths

Publisher: OUP

Publication Date: August 2019

Reviewed by: Lauren Haines, Class Teacher & English Lead

A heart-warming overcoming-a-problem story where good triumphs over evil. This is the first in a series of appealing early chapter books suitable for newly independent readers.

Freddie is the greatest baker in town, or at least all of his friends and customers think so. When a baking competition is announced for his town, Freddie has a great idea for his entry, but the famous French chef in town has other ideas.

While Freddie should be focussed on his competition entry, he ends up helping others to prepare for theirs. At the same time, the villain of the story attempts to prevent Freddie from succeeding at every turn.

The story is written in dual voice and each double-page spread has a black and white illustration – something that I know my year 2 class will appreciate. With themes of kindness, perseverance, friendship and helping each other this book would be a lovely read-aloud for Reception and Year 1 classes and it would also be well-enjoyed by year 2 independent readers.


You can order Freddie's Amazing Bakery online or from your local bookshop or library.

Many thanks to the publisher for sending us a review copy of this book and to Review Panel member Lauren for reviewing it.

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