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Tween Tuesday: Bake Sale by Sara Varon

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Rating: 3/5 Stars

Genre: Graphic Novel

Release Date: 8/20/2011

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About the Book:  Cupcake has a pretty great life-his bakery is doing well, he's in a band, and he has a great friend in Eggplant. But lately he's been struggling to bake. When Eggplant suggests that Cupcake join him on his trip to Turkey. It turns out Eggplant is old family friends with Cupcake's hero, Turkish Delight and Cupcake is sure that Turkish Delight has the answer to his baking woes.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I really enjoy Sara Varon's books and her art style (even if Robot Dreams made me a bit sad!) I love her artwork because she really knows how to put emotion into her characters and it makes the story come to life. Sure, talking food isn't real, but I believe it with Sara Varon's art.

Bake Sale is an adorably funny book about friendship. Cupcake discovers that he didn't need to travel far to find the answers he was searching for. The artwork is adorably cute and the story of friendship is a nice one. The ending comes a bit quickly and didn't wrap the story up in the way I thought it would. It felt a bit rushed and out of place to the rest of the story. I also think it will leave young readers wanting more.

Bake Sale still had moments that made me laugh and I couldn't help but love Cupcake (it's that emotional artwork again!)  I think it was the artwork that sold me on this book more than the story. Readers who enjoyed Robot Dreams should give Bake Sale a try.

Side note: Yes, it is a little odd that a cupcake who talks and is alive makes baked goods to sell, so you have to get over that aspect a little bit. But it's still a charming book.

Comments

  1. I have been waiting for this one but it is stuck in cataloging :(

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  2. I blogged about this book when I first got it in the library, and I thought that it might not have the same kid appeal as Robot Dreams. Boy, was I wrong! Every week, I have students (mostly girls) asking me for Bake Sale (specifically by title! that's amazing!), and I just can't figure it out. I thought the book was cute too, but my kids just love it!

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  3. Natalie-That's awesome! I wasn't sure about the tween appeal either, but it's good to know there are readers enjoying it!

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