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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris (January 10, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401032524
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401032524
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,054,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A little bit of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with a dash of Homer Price's donut maker, this novel pays homage to the longstanding rapport between children and sweets. John Apple longs to win the Worldwide Dessert Contest, but all his delicious desserts have a penchant for changing into something else at the last minute. The way he overcomes this difficulty and takes first place involves a search for the greatest chef in the world, the defeat of the thieving title-holder of the contest and a run-in with a judge who has, thanks to John, a caramel apple bonded to his cheek from their last encounter. Elish writes with a sure hand of this sugary world, his tongue squarely in the area of his sweet tooth. For his ability to praise desserts in an endlessly original fashion, he deserves a blue ribbon. A Richard Jackson Book. Ages 9-11.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Grade 4-6 John Applefeller's Aunt Harriet always used to say, ``The importance of desserts must never be underestimated.'' And that's why John is tryingfor the 11th timeto win the Silver Spoon Award in the Appleton Dessert Contest. When his apple pancake turns into a trampoline, after the previous year's apple mousse became cement and his apple French toast changed into knee pads, John knows that he needs help. He goes to Iambia to seek the great, rhyming dessert chef Ragoon. This funny, slapstick adventure skirts close to silliness on occasion, yet wild desserts such as roller skating apple pies, rhyming citizens, and despicable villain Sylvester Sweet should keep youngsters happily entertained. This should be a great read-aloud. Pam Spencer, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Fairfax County, Va.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I can't wait for my children to pick this one up!
J. Smallridge
Applefeller is a quirky fellow whose desserts lose because they turn into things like trampolines and knee pads at the last moment.
Lisa W.
I love that this story is a "multimedia" ebook with links to vidoefeeds that add that little something extra to the story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "swirl0112" on August 16, 2001
Format: Library Binding
The first time I heard of this book was when Dan Elish visited my fourth grade class and read part of it aloud to us. I fell in love and finished the book myself. Ever since then I have tried to read it at least once a year, searching for it in any and all libraries!! It is a phenomenal book that captivates the imagination, no matter what your age. I am 17 and still don't tire of the adventures of John and Stanley!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 25, 1999
Format: Library Binding
I first read this book is 4th grade. I stayed up until midnight reading, and then started again the next morning and didn't stop until I finished. I read it again in 5th, 6th, and I plan to read it again this year in 7th grade. Not only is is the book hilarious, but is has lots of interresting rhymes, one of which I liked so much I memorized all four pages of. If your reading this your probably thinking of buying the book; hurry up and buy it so you can read this thriling, amazing book!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Betty on October 27, 2005
Format: Library Binding
This book is the literary version of comfort food. Reading this is like eating a slice of apple pie or a warm chocolate chip cookie or a banana muffin or a chocolate cupcake or whatever your preferred dessert of choice is. And I would recommend having that dessert on hand while you read this book, because all the descriptions of pastries will make your mouth water.

The story follows a bumbling hero and his kid sidekick as they compete in the titular Worldwide Dessert Contest. Throw in a mustachioed villain, an exiled mentor who speaks only in rhymes, and endless descriptions of what are sure to be scrumptious desserts, and you have a real winner. I discovered this book when I was 8 years old, and 15 years later, my love for it only continues to grow. This book is truly something magical, and it's probably no surprise that I now have an obsession with both baking and apples.

There are only two faults to this book: first, that it's not more well known; second, that there's no accompanying cookbook to go along with it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 26, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book should be placed alongside Willie Wonka, James and the Giant Peach, and Phantom Tollbooth. Not only does Mr. Elish know how to tell a good yarn, he is clearly a craftsman. There are passages in the book that are lyrical.
If you want something that will keep the kids entertained, and might actually teach them a thing or two, this is the book for you. Don't miss it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa W. on January 31, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I have never experienced a book quite like this before! The Worldwide Dessert Contest: Enhanced Multimedia Edition is a Kindle Reader download (also available in ePub) that goes beyond regular book-reading. The story is written for ages 9-11 (grades 4-6) and tells a frolicking story about John Applefeller's annual failure to win the worldwide dessert contest.

Applefeller is a quirky fellow whose desserts lose because they turn into things like trampolines and knee pads at the last moment. Add in an apple-souffle balloon journey, a clever janitor, and the self-proclaimed King of Dessert to find yourself on a wild ride to the reward of the Silver Spoon. Throughout the ebook, there are links that take the reader to videofeeds that complement the story with an original musical score. These fun songs are catchy and really enhance the experience of the book. Technology continues to amaze me. I remember how excited my family was to get a beta vhs player! Dan Elish, author of this book, knows how to create an adventure that will thrill young readers. This is a very well done glimpse into the future of how we will experience authors' creations. I loved this story and the creativity behind it all. You can purchase this ebook by clicking on the image below!
Disclosure: I received this product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. M. Martin VINE VOICE on January 3, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This was a story about sticking to your dreams no matter what obstacles might be in your way. John Applefeller had plenty of obstacles. His apple desserts kept turning into other things like apple french toast became knee pads used by the Olympics teams, his apple souffle became a hot air balloon, and his apple pancake became a great trampoline. He has come in last at the Worldwide Dessert Contest ten years in a row. Only his belief in the importance of desserts and the support of his young friend Stanley keep him going. Oh, and he would also like to win the Silver Spoon trophy.

All of the characters were quirky from the judge who invented sugars and could identify the sugars in each dessert with just a taste to the judge who had one of Applefeller's failures - a caramel apple that turned to a glue - stuck to his face (which, by the way, I found really disturbing because of my personal horror at having things stuck to me).

The villain of the piece is Sylvester S. Sweet who had an ego that will not quit and a very shifty nature. He has won the contest ten years in a row with a dessert called double-chocolate-fudge-raspberry-coconut-lime swirl. No one knows that he stole the recipe from Captain B. Rollie Ragoon.

Even Applefeller's supporters were quirky. Josiah Benson, the janitor at the apple festival, used a huge variety of weird metaphors and similes like

"Well, cover me with lettuce and throw me to the rabbits!" Benson exclaimed, pulling on his beard with short frantic tugs. "It's beautiful! As beautiful as a flock of skippin' horsetoads!"

Applefeller's other main supporter Captain B. Rollie Ragoon took his dessert making genius to the island of Iambia and now he only speaks in rhyme.
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