Author(s): Jenny Bornholdt
NZ Picture Books | NZ Book Awards for Children & Young Adults 2018
The baby wants breakfast so Malcolm gets out of bed to get started. Then in comes Toby. And Una and Toto, then Alicetheyre hungry too. And Conrad from next door and his sister Ruby! Everyone has a request for breakfast. But who is taking notice of the baby? The Longest Breakfast is a fun family story full of comings and goings with a lovely baby at the centre.
What a delightful celebration of a chaotic family breakfast! Baby awakes, demanding "toot". The wonderfully patient Dad juggles varied demands for food and drinks as children, neighbours and friends wander in and out of the kitchen. Meanwhile, nobody is attending to Baby's cry for "toot", translated as a lost toy train. But is it?
The pared-back story crackles with the descriptions of domestic drama and Wilkins' glorious illustrations are full of warmth and humour. An ideal gift for new parents and, really, all families of pre-school children. Bornholdt and Wilkins are also creators of the quirky A Book is a Book.