by Larry V. and Mark Kummer
2014 / 32 pages
In some respects, this is Tikki Tikki Tembo in a modern setting with the two brothers being Dutch instead of Chinese. One is named Bob, and the other Larry Bendeco Johannes Von Sloop.
The brothers are both bakers, but Bob specializes in plain and delicious, while Larry Bendeco Johannes Von Sloop is more concerned with fancy appearances – his cakes look great, even if they don’t taste that way.
As in the original, a long name eventually proves hazardous, but there’s more to this story. When his long name causes the destruction of his bakery, Larry Bendeco Johannes Von Sloop is blessed with a brother who is more than happy to help him out.
While this is an imitation of the original, the author has given it a creative twist that makes it the equal of its inspiration. It’s read-out-loud fun and will be a sure hit with the kids.