The Cake the Wolf and the Witch

By Maudie Smith


A brilliantly scrambled fairy tale about world-weary Max, his unwanted new family - and their very unexpected quest to save the Land of Ever After, from Maudie Smith, author of the Opal

Max doesn't believe in happy endings. He doesn't even like stories. So when he finds himself whisked away in a giant cake to The Land of Ever After, Max is NOT impressed.

But the people of Ever After are in trouble, and they need Max's help.

Will Max agree to go on a dangerous quest to save their world? And if he doesn't, how will he and his brand new brother and sister ever get home?

series and bestselling illustrator of Horrid Henry, Tony Ross.

Year of Publication


[FOR OPAL MOONBABY] This heart-warming tale ... will appeal to those who like a little magic in their lives. * CAROUSEL * [FOR OPAL MOONBABY] Opal Moonbaby really does seem like a classic novel. It's exactly the sort of book I would have devoured as a young girl and it really did have a similar style and tone as some of my old favourites ... Maudie Smith is a great new talent in the world of middle grade fiction and I'll certainly be looking out for more of her work in future. * WRITING FROM THE TUB * [FOR OPAL MOONBABY] A touching story deliciously tinged with magic. -- Julia Eccleshare * LOVEREADING4KIDS * [FOR OPAL MOONBABY] Now - I want you to remember the name of Opal Moonbaby - she's a brilliant comic creation ... Opal sparkles and she's totally original. I lovedher. And Maudie Smith gives us a great story too. She's pitch-perfect on the way that girls in this age group act. -- Sue Magee * THE BOOKBAG * Fast paced funny and touching...It's a story that is both funny and exciting, and it'll make you think, too, without being in any way sappy. Make sure you don't miss it. * The Bookbag * Through all the fantasticalness of the story, the character of Max and his step-siblings remain very much grounded in reality, and this makes this book a complete winner. With illustrations by the wonderful Tony Ross (of Horrid Henry fame), this is the summer's must-read for children aged 7+. * Minerva Reads * Delighted by #TheCakeTheWolfTheWitch, #Sondheim for 7+. A magical quest with heart and spark. * Children's book reviewer, Amanda Craig on Twitter * This is one of the best books I have read -- Lucy Crowley, Ballinadee National School * Evening Echo (Cork) * Mischief, make believe and marbles galore! Endlessly inventive. * PIERS TORDAY *

Author Biography

Maudie Smith started out as an actor, devising new musical plays for which she also wrote lyrics. Her many roles in children's theatre include the Snow Queen and Piglet. More recently she has written a libretto for a newly commissioned opera. In 2011 she completed an MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University. Maudie lives near Bath with her screenwriter husband and their two daughters, along with a menagerie of cats, chickens and stick insects. She has two older brothers who she likes to refer to as the Ugly Sisters. Visit Maudie's website at and follow her on Twitter at Tony Ross is one of Britain's best known illustrators, with many picture books to his name, including the LITTLE PRINCESS stories (Andersen). He has also produced the line drawings for many fiction titles, including David Walliams' bestselling novels, BILLIONAIRE BOY, GANGSTA GRANNY, DEMON DENTIST, and AWFUL AUNTIE (HarperCollins), as well as authors such as Jeanne Willis, Enid Blyton, Astrid Lindgren, and many more.