The High Rise Glorious Skittle Skat Roarious Sky Pie Angel Food Cake

written by Nancy Willard

illustrated by RJ Watson

Harcourt Children's Books 1990


A young girl wants to give her mother the birthday present she longs for--a High Rise Glorious Skittle Skat Roarious Sky Pie Angel Food Cake.

But Great-Grandmother's secret recipe has been hidden away for decades because of the danger: the cake "is irresistible to man and beast, woman and bird. I fear it may fall into the wrong hands."

Nothing will do but to search through a lifetime of Great-Grandmother's notebooks for the magic recipe. 

Nancy Willard's extraordinary story and Richard Jesse Watson's provocative artwork come together in stunning proof that only the flutter of angelic wings can create a truly heavenly cake (and book) perfect for someone you love. 


Uncle Harry's "Jell-O slithered off the dish straight down into the piano. Plip-plop."

Great-Grandmother's clue is delivered in a dream.  


"Heaven forbid I should fall asleep at such an important moment!" 


"'It's been a long time since we've tasted a cake made at the hands of a mortal child,' said the angel." 


"Close your eyes, "said the biggest angel. "Whatever you hear, whatever you smell, don't open your eyes." 

"Around me, their robes swished and wings beat the air. Great-Grandmother's saying sang in my ears: Grief in the evening is joy in the morning." 


Working with Newberry Medalist, Nancy Willard, was a heavenly experience. Nancy is pictured with her model of William Blake's Inn. 

Extraordinary designer, Joy Chu sprinkled her magic throughout this book.  

Mysterious messages from Nancy still arrive via dreams and other celestial messengers.

Stunning stained-glass angel made by Nancy, as a thank you for the collaboration.