Author(s): Thé Tjong-Khing
An adventurous look-and-find book, with multiple stories to follow and new things to discover every time you read the story. Told entirely through pictures, The Birthday Cake Mystery is a detective story filled with humorous details and red herrings. Children can follow the many different leads presented in the illustrations, and read it themselves or in pairs.
The Tjong-Khing (born in 1933) is a children's book illustrator based in the Netherlands. He was born in Indonesia, attended the Seni Rupa Arts Institute in Bandung, and moved to the Netherlands in 1956. As a child he was interested in the "Tarzan" comic strips of Edgar Rice Burroughs. The has won the Golden Pencil Award three times (a major Dutch children's book award), and in 2005 the Woutertje Pieterse Prize for Best Dutch Children's Book for his book Waar is de taart? (Where is the cake?), a wordless picture book which was also nominated for the German Youth Literature Prize in 2007.