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Tina Cocolina: Queen of the Cupcakes Library Binding – October 26, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Library Binding: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (October 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375958916
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375958915
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,863,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1–Tina wants nothing more than to win the Cream of the Top Cupcake contest, but she hasn't found the picture-perfect topping yet. Her parents assure her that she can compete next year but Tina will hear none of it. In fact, she is so blinded by her need to win that she refuses to play the cupcake-in-waiting role as helper. After being teased by a classmate, she finds inspiration and runs out to create the topping that looks just right on her. Tina arrives at the contest moments before the winner is to be announced and the judge is so dazzled by her beauty that he immediately crowns her Queen. The characters are drawn as people with cupcakes on their heads, tinted in an eye-pleasing, though sickeningly sweet palette of pastels. A few recipes by Howard, an award-winning pastry chef, are included, but kids who want to re-create the characters will be disappointed by the lack of matching topping recipes. Overall this one looks about as appealing as the plethora of pink mass-market books targeting girls, and it reads about the same.–Heather Acerro, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, INα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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At the Gingersnap Academy for Rising Cupcakes, it’s time for the Cream of the Crop Cupcake contest. All the cupcake children are sporting elaborate toppings, including Candyce Cremiere, frosted in spicy buttercream, and berry-topped Billy Barry Blue. Tina Cocolina, though, can’t find her perfect topping. But just when all seems hopeless, inspiration happily arrives, bringing an unexpected, sweet surprise. Though the characters are called “cupcakes,” only the ever-present, hat-like cupcakes crowning their heads—all diverse and fancifully illustrated—convey the concept. In the dense but sympathetic narrative, the authors touch on hot-button, mean-girl issues in scenes of Tina feeling left out and discouraged. But whimsy is really the driving force here, a tone that’s extended in the cheerful, candy-colored illustrations featuring swirly, fanciful details and patterns, reminiscent of Mary Engelbreit’s work. This is an entertaining title with a supportive, encouraging message that taps into the current cupcake renaissance, and many kids will want to move on to the appended cupcake and frosting recipes. Grades 1-3. --Shelle Rosenfeld --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The story is engaging and the illustrations are beautiful.
doris chun
Purchased for our 3 year old granddaughter who asks for it to be read to her multiple times a day, so I would say it is hit!
RN
If you are a kid and love cupcakes, queens and princesses, this fits the bill.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy M West on November 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I have to say that I'm into the recent, but now getting old, cupcake craze. They are the perfect size treat, when you're craving something cakey and sweet. I think this book is a result of the cupcake's recent popularity. The illustrations in the story are great and made us very hungry for cupcakes as we were reading. The premise of the story was decent - a girl on a search for her perfect topping. I had a problem with the ending though and honestly didn't think that Tina deserved to win. She was late to the competition, which was unfair to all the other cupcake kids who made their toppings in time. And is strawberry banana really all that original of a flavor?! Recipes for some cupcakes are included at the end of the book in case you're inspired to bake after reading.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susie on December 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
During my 2-year-old granddaughter's recent visit, my husband went shopping for a book to read to her when he found "Tina Cocolina." The book caught his eye because we love cupcakes and make a lot of them. The concept of a cupcake growing atop everyone's head was a stretch of fantasy for me, and I'm certain that my granddaughter had no idea what the story was about. However, the theme and colorful illustrations were entertaining as she munched on her own banana cupcake and enjoyed the attention. I was surprised to find quality recipes in the book, and knowing that the co-author is a chef, I trust the recipes enough to consider making them someday. The recipes are far too complicated for the intended audience, but they do sound delicious. Overall, the moral of the story works well with the theme.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Britt Du on February 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
After buying my daughter all of the Pinkalicious books, I wanted to get her a new book for her birthday. This book had beautiful art but honestly, the story was horrible. The reading didn't flow well and was awkward to read- it seemed like the story was written and not read outloud during the editing process. There were run on sentences and words that just didn't flow right with the story. In addition, the plot was weak and seemed to very closely mimic a fairy book we own (a fairy tries to decide what type of fairy she wants to become).

I could have dealt with the book being awkward to read and wordy, but what really got me was that it didn't make one bit of sense. At the end, the girl was having trouble deciding what topping to put on her cupcake top. She is at some contest to determine the winner of the cupcake top contest. She goes outside while the contest in underway. While outside, she decides on a topping and is so happy---great. She goes inside to the contest to announce her topping but wait, the envelope to announce the winner has her name on it- story is over. It made no sense..so much to the point that I went back through the last few pages in hopes that I had missed a page or that one of the pages was stuck to another. I understand that this is a child's book but come on. How does she get named the winnner when no one saw her topping? I assumed at first that she was the winner because she everyone admired her for helping other contestants- nope, not it. Then I thought, well maybe they will explain that they saw her outside picking her topping and awarded her the title due to her choice. Why she won was never explained and so it not only made no sense but had no moral lesson or anything to teach my daughter. Stupid book that was awkward to read with very pretty pictures.
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By katie on March 20, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is hands down my 3 year old and 1 1/2 year old's favorite book, they can't get enough. Adorable story and illistrations. If you like cup cakes you will LOVE this book!!!!
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Purchased for our 3 year old granddaughter who asks for it to be read to her multiple times a day, so I would say it is hit!
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By miget808 on August 16, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I like this book because of the cupcake characters.
It has a cute story and at the end of the book, there
are recipes.
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By Jess S. on July 25, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
She said five stars. She really enjoyed it. She stayed still and listened to the entire book without wiggling all over the place.
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By Kaya Monkey on June 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The illustrations are adorable. And the book will make you want to eat cupcakes. There are recipes at the end of the book, which is great. But the story has some problems. First, Tina tries to make her cupcake top out of a deflated baloon! What the ??? Then, at the end of the book, Tina bursts into the very end of the "Queen of the top of the cupcake" contest right when the judge is announcing the winner. Of course, the judge changes his mind and ditches the original winner, instead choosing Tina Cocalina. That doesn't seem fair at all to the cupcake that was about to be named Queen, or to the rest of the cupcakes that prepared and participated in the contest. Tina seemed pretty entitled to me.
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