Sue Lawson (text) and Liz Anelli (illustrator), The Biscuit Maker, Walker Books Australia, September 2020, 32 pp., RRP $25.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781760650438
This is a delightful picture book from the always reliable Walker Books. Benedict Stanley lives alone with his cat, Audrey Mae, and greets his neighbours from his garden each morning as they head to school or work. Receiving little response, except from young Rory, Benedict decides to make some biscuits to share with them all and to celebrate various occasions such as Halloween and the Grand Final. When Benedict gets sick and his beloved cat wanders the streets, the neighbours come to their rescue.
This is an engaging story made even more appealing by the humorous illustrations, depicting both the locals and their houses, and including a fabulous endpaper sketch of the whole street. Biscuit recipe and decorating ideas included! Ages 3-6.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Douglas