Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Acorns from Oak Tree Press: Beryl Reichenberg's The Mysterious Case of the Missing Birthday Cake

Once again, it's a pleasure for me to introduce an Oak Tree Press author to you-- and this week is going to be a bit different. The book Beryl Reichenberg has written is for children. Having loved books since I was able to hold one in my chubby little hands, I am a firm believer in encouraging each and every child to read as early as possible. What better way to engage their interest than with a book about a birthday cake that disappears?

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The Mysterious Case of the Missing Birthday Cake is a mystery and picture book for children up to the age of eight.

At Frieda’s seventh birthday party, someone stole her birthday cake while the party guests were playing hide and seek. Looking for clues and working together, Frieda and her animal friends search the forest for the missing cake and the thief, finding cake crumbs, icing bits and giant footprints along the way.

There are a number of twists and turns as they hunt for the cake. The huge footprints and dark forest frighten some of Frieda’s friends including Molly Mouse, and they want to quit the search. But Ricky Raccoon, being persistent and fearless, urges them on to find the thief who is none other than Bobby Bear from across the river.

They find him snoring and fast asleep, having taken a huge bite out of the cake. Awakened by the other animals, Bobby explains he thought the cake was for him because it is his seventh birthday too. The animals feel guilty because they didn’t invite Bobby to the party, and Frieda invites Bobby back to the party for cake and to join the celebration.

About the Author and Illustrator

Beryl Reichenberg has been an artist for many years, and in the past seven years, she has turned to writing and illustrating children’s books.

Remembering when we were young how my grandfather told us stories in an old rocking chair by the fireplace, I started by writing stories for my own grandchildren.” 

Beryl now has produced over 35 titles, illustrated with her drawings and photographs. A traditional publisher, Oak
Tree Press, has published five of her books. Other books have been published by and

She holds a Master’s Degree from UCLA and has taught school in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles. Beryl is a member of SLO Nightwriters, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the National Storytelling Network.

Beryl is also an accomplished artist. She has had her pieces in many gallery and SLO Museum of Art shows. Currently her pieces may be seen at the Gallery in the Network on Higuera Street in San Luis Obispo.


  1. Cathy - Thanks for sharing this. I have the greatest respect for people who can really write books that children want to read. This looks like a great one too.


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