Cake by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet

Home learning focus

Using the book Cake you will learn to imagine how a character feels and how to put events in the order they happen.

This lesson includes:

  • two videos of singer Ashley Roberts reading extracts from the book

  • three activities


Cake has been invited to a party and he is very excited as he has never been to one before. He tries on different outfits and shows them to Fish. He goes shopping for a new hat and buys – candles! When he gets to the party, everyone is so happy to see him and they sit Cake on the table. He is having a great time until the lights go out and everyone starts to sing…

Watch singer Ashley Roberts read an extract from Cake.

Think about the following:

  • What does Cake receive at the start of the extract?

  • Has Cake ever been to a party before?

  • What does Fish suggest to Cake?

Ashley Roberts reads an extract from 'Cake' by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet.

Now watch Ashley read another extract from Cake and think about the following:

  • How is Cake feeling on his way to the party?

  • What happens when Cake gets to the party?

Ashley Roberts reads a further extract from 'Cake'.


You may need paper and a pen or pencil for some of these activities.

Read extract 1 and then try activity 1 below.

Extract 1

Cake had just received an exciting invitation.

He’d never been to a party before, so he didn’t know what to expect.

But he was sure about one thing - he wanted to look his best.

Fish didn’t know what Cake should wear.

He had never been to a party either.

'Hmmm…' said Fish.


'I don’t think so.'

'What about a hat?' suggested Fish.

'Good thinking!' said Cake.

So off Cake went to buy a hat.

Cake tried on lots of hats in the shop, but none of them were quite right.

'Is it for a special occasion?' asked the shop assistant. 'A wedding perhaps?'

'No' said Cake. 'A party.'

'Oh' said the shop assistant. 'In that case I have just the thing.'

And he disappeared out the back.

Cake has been invited to a party. He's very excited! He's never been to a birthday party before and he doesn't know what to expect. But as the candles on his party hat begin to burn and the other guests start to sing, Cake starts to think that this is one party he'd rather not be at. Published by Macmillan Children's Books.

Activity 1

Read the extract again and think about Cake’s feelings.

For example:

  • when Cake gets the invitation to the party, he is very excited

  • when Cake is trying on clothes to show to Fish, he may be nervous or embarrassed

  • when Fish suggests that Cake buys a hat, he is happy and relieved

Imagine you are Cake at these three points in the story, what would you say?

You can say your ideas out loud or you could write them down.

Remember you are Cake so start with I.

When you get the invitation: ................................................... .

When you are trying on clothes: ................................................... .

When you are going shopping for a hat: ................................................... .

Now read extract 2 and try activity 2 below.

Extract 2

'Here you go sir' said the shop assistant. 'You'll be irresistible in this.'

'Well thank you very much' said Cake.

He couldn't wait to get home and show Fish his new hat.

'Are you ready?' Cake called from the bathroom. 'Ta-dah!'

'You've cracked it' shouted Fish.

Cake was soon on his way to the party, dressed up in his new hat.

'Deedly-dee, deedly-dum, I’m off to a party to have some fun!'

Cake was a bit nervous when he arrived.

But when everyone saw him, they cheered! 'CAKE’S HERE! A party isn’t a party without CAKE!' they said. And he went in.

Activity 2

Re-read the extracts or listen to the videos again. Then have a go at sorting key events in the story with this Order It quiz!

Activity 3

Can you design a new hat for Cake?

When Cake goes to the hat shop, he tries on lots of hat designs – small hats, big hats, pointy hats, flat hats, a hat with a feather and even a hat with a fruit bowl on it! He decides to buy a hat with candles on.

Draw your design first and then label it with arrows and write a short description of your hat.

You could design a few hats for Cake. Think about what type of hat Cake could wear to:

  • go to a party

  • go shopping

  • go to school

  • play a sport in

  • have a shower

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