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The Quokka Logic and Baking Book
Duckling Publishing, Available in Spiral Bound Paperback
Publishes 1 September 2023

A baking book for children with a twist: family recipes and Mrs Quokka’s quirky logic all in one fun volume.

From the bestselling Elastic Island Adventures series comes a fun baking book for children, with recipes by Mrs Quokka and her son Jase the Quokka. By popular demand, Mrs Quokka also shares some of her quirky quokka logic – fun sayings that will bring a smile due to being so illogical.

In real life, most recipes come from two treasured, handwritten recipe books handed down to Karen McMillan from her mother and grandmother.

Enjoy these easy-to-make, tried and true family recipes that are perfect for children and will encourage kids to have fun creating these yummy baking treats.

A little bit retro and a little bit modern, have fun making these delicious cakes, loaves, muffins, biscuits, slices, small treats and desserts! Baking has never been easier!


The Quokka Logic and Baking Book will be representing New Zealand in the 2023 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards for Food & Drink Culture. The Quokka Logic and Baking Book will be judged against cookbooks from six other countries in the Pastry section, including Argentina, Denmark, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Sweden. The awards ceremony will be held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from 27 to 29 November 2023. The Gourmand Awards are like the Olympics for Cookbooks, so it is an honour for The Quokka Logic and Baking Book to be representing New Zealand!


'This cookbook is the perfect way to entertain kinds on the next rainy weekend. With lots of easy and delicious recipes to choose from, as well as quirky quokka sayings, young cooks are guaranteed to learn lots and have fun creating these yummy baking treats!'  Woman's Day

'‘The perfect book to introduce or rediscover the delights of home baking, as well as a fun excuse to spend time with children (or grandchildren) in the kitchen. Accompanied by retro-styled photographs (cute enough to frame), this offering of more than 40 easy-to-follow recipes includes cakes, loaves, muffins, biscuits, slices, small treats, and desserts…It’s a wonderful selection of recipes, packed with personality to enjoy across the generations.’ Motorhomes, Caravans and Destinations Magazine

'Just a few pantry staples are needed to make many of these recipes. The clearly written, step-by-step instructions are easy for young bakers to follow. For each recipe, Karen McMillan has created and photographed an enchanting still life. The recipe is prettily plated and is surrounded by an artful arrangement of objects, including tiny plastic creatures, sprigs of leaves and flowers, and loveable soft toys. It’s been fun to bake these easily doable and yummy recipes from The Quokka Logic and Baking Book and have a laugh at Mrs Quokka’s illogical quotes.' NZ Booklovers

'When I gave this to my daughter, it took longer for her to choose something to make than it did for her to actually make it! There are some great staples, like chocolate chip cookies, lemon cake, and chocolate fudge. Most recipes use pantry staples, hence the delay in choosing something to make. I really liked the fact that it had pictures as it gives you a really good idea of what it should look like. This is a great recipe book for kids and adults! The recipes are all things you would want to bake with kids and most of the recipes are 'old school' and come from the author's mum and nana. I can honestly say there is not one recipe I wouldn't be happy to make.'

'The straightforward and simple recipes featured in this book are in the style of the classic Edmond’s Cookery Book and are easily followed by children aged 8+. I’m confident this book will be used frequently in our home. Finally, this is just a fun cookbook to have.' The Sapling

'We have been baking from your Quokka Logic Cookbook (chocolate cookies, lemon and coconut cupcakes, hundreds and thousands biscuits) so thank you - It’s been keeping us busy these school holidays and all were delicious.' Isabelle

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