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The Magic Cake Shop Hardcover – October 25, 2011

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About the Author

MEIKA HASHIMOTO's first baking foray was a chocolate cake. She was eight years old and, in her excitement, forgot a few key ingredients like sugar and baking powder. She also left the cake in the oven for far too long. Although it resembled a brick, her parents politely ate it and gave her very encouraging feedback. Meika's baking techniques have improved greatly since then. When she's not kneading bread dough or baking cheesecakes she can be found editing children's books.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375868224
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375868221
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,626,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By GH on November 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
An instant classic! Who knew a book could make your mouth water? Highly recommended for all ages: children will enjoy this book for its strongly penned characters and vivid imagery, while adults will love the spirit of adventure and funny wordplay.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By She'altiel Weinberg on November 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
What a joy this book was! My niece loves it - she identifies with Emma's wistfulness and passion and keeps rereading the book. So glad we got this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kate Coombs VINE VOICE on January 8, 2012
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Emma is a terrible disappointment to her parents, who are what you would get if you crossed Roald Dahl with People magazine. In between causing traffic accidents by being so very beautiful, the Burblees spend their time "powdering, perfuming, and polishing." They also sit around and talk about how gorgeous they are. Oh, and write odes to Mrs. Burblee's feet.

What they don't talk about is their daughter Emma, who is neither polished nor beautiful. They put her on a diet and everything, but the child is grubby. She is also interested in starving children in far-off countries and other topics that have no appeal whatsoever for the Burblees. Emma even wants to learn to bake fattening desserts! After she embarrasses her parents at a dinner party supposedly held in honor of her tenth birthday, they send her off to live with her awful Uncle Simon.

Simon has a Roald Dahl pedigree, as well. (Think The Magic Finger.) He loves to hunt and kill small animals. He loves to make Emma's life miserable, too. She has to cook and clean for him. Cooking usually means making "backyard stew," composed of squirrels and songbirds Simon has slaughtered. Except--Emma discovers a wonderful cake shop when her uncle sends her out to get huge amounts of pastries (for him, not her).

To Emma's delight, magical baker Mr. Crackle takes her under his wing. Other people in the town of Nummington also reach out to her with kindness, and Emma begins to feel cared for for the first time. She is beginning to be truly happy when an evil stranger shows up at Uncle Simon's house. He has plans that will make a lot of money, but he intends to use Mr. Crackle for his unpleasant schemes. To protect Mr.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By anomar on February 12, 2012
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This is a wonderful premier novel from Ms. Hashimoto. It points out the superficiality of our society with humor. I have already purchased 10 copies as gifts and the recipients are delighted with this charming tale. I look forward to the author's future endeavors and heartily recommend the "Magic Cake Shop."
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This tale of a young girl building her self assurance through the rescuing of the neighborhood cake shop is really engaging. It's a bit like Roald Dahl light, but still has enough suspense and wild characters to keep the story moving.

This was the first real chapter book my 8yo niece read because she wanted to get to the end of the story faster than we were able to reading each night. She enjoyed it enough that we bought a copy for the school library so they could find the reading level and she could take the AR test.
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I thought this book was pretty good beside that it went a little too fast. I would recommend this book to readers who like baking adventure. The only bad part was that the book went to fast. The end was a little too strange. Perrythistle
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