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Bake Sale Paperback – August 30, 2011
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"[Bake Sale] may be the most adorable graphic novel of the year." ―USA Today
"Another beautiful homage to friendship." ―Booklist
"An offbeat story about the sacrifices made for friends, about the very everydayness of such acts and the pitfalls and pleasures in their wake." ― Kirkus Reviews
"This book has a will-o’-the-wisp charm and a distinctive, quirky voice." ―SLJ
About the Author
Originally from outside Chicago, Sara Varon now resides in Brooklyn, where she likes to bake, and especially eat, baked goods. Fortunately, she is a runner and recreational boxer, so she gets lots of exercise too. Her other books include Robot Dreams, Chicken and Cat, Chicken and Cat Clean Up, and Sweaterweather.
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Cupcake has a plan: he wants to learn some new recipes for his bakery. He decides to travel to Turkey with Eggplant to meet celebrity chef Turkish Delight who is a business partner in Eggplants Aunt's Restaurant. Cupcake and Eggplant brainstorm that Cupcake will have a lot of bake sales around New York City events (Westminster Dog Show and Union Square's Farmers' Market etc.) to raise funds for Cupcake's ticket. Children will enjoy the funky New York City setting and activities.
What I loved about the book is that the characters model unselfish friendship without being preachy. There are many examples of authentic friendship displayed in this book which is a great conversation starter on how to be a good friend to others. There's a setback to the travel plans and Cupcake makes a huge sacrifice for his friend. The book illustrates how we can face disappointment, recover and find new joys and opportunities. Another opportunity soon appears on the horizon for Cupcake and Eggplant to attain their dream. The ending of the book is open in a positive way allowing children to imagine and talk about what they think will happen next. The ending is like real life--a bit ambiguous, in which serendipity can occur any moment, and an array of good things can happen if we dream and take action.
Cupcake is an original. He's plucky and models good character traits such as initiative, creativity, industry, grace under disappointment, resiliency, and loyalty. As a parent, K-8 teacher and principal, I adored this book for children. It's best read one-on-one as it's a graphic novel and children can provide some of the narration for the pictures. Be prepared: it will make your child want to bake something (recipes included!) after reading the book, and you may even dream about opening your own bakery. This book is a sweet confection to read and enjoy together.
They're created with that rare thing, genuine sweetness & charm, without any forced sentimentality or ever becoming mawkish in any way. Further, there's an occasional touch of wistfulness, an underlying thread of melancholy that shows itself from time to time -- while her storytelling is both witty & gentle, she doesn't hide from life's little setbacks & disappointments. Her work may be quiet, but it's always honest.
So we have this lovely tale of Cupcake & his friend Eggplant, following their lives in Brooklyn. Certainly there are truths about friendship, sacrifice, and perseverance to be learned here -- but Varon is never preachy, never heavy-handed. The story always comes first with her. The result is something that's actually good for you, precisely because it doesn't try to be good for you. The feeling is more of a slice of life than a lesson.
Classic comics strips like "Peanuts" & "Calvin & Hobbes" combined clean, deceptively simple art with a keen, childlike (NOT childish) eye for the world. Sara Varon's work has that same quality. Children will enjoy this delightful book, but any adults reading along with them will smile at all the tiny, telling details in the background, clever touches that a child might miss but an adult will understand immediately.
If this is your first Sara Varon book, seek out her earlier books "Sweaterweather" & "Robot Dreams," which have the same qualities in abundance!
The story is about the life of a cupcake who runs a small bakery. His friend, an eggplant, has connections with a famous baker named Turkish Delight who cupcake wants to meet.
The cupcake then raises money by working hard to get a plane ticket to visit Turkish Delight to learn some of the recipes. However, circumstances change and cupcake ends up giving eggplant the money for the trip to visit his aunt and cupcake has to stay home.
It's a bit melancholy when cupcake loses interest in baking and realizes that he has lost his drummer position in their band cause he was working so hard.
In the end, the cupcake and eggplant work together toward winning a plane trip for two anywhere in the world in a baking contest. A hopeful ending for a well illustrated and thoughtful book.
My 1st grader and preschooler like the pictures but some of the finer points are lost on them. I'm sure older kids 3rd grade and up will enjoy this book. I'm not sure if kids would really re-read this book much though.
The art is adorable without being cloying. The themes are setting goals, friendship, sacrifice and working creatively. There is even a bit about marketing to your audience as Cupcake works to raise money.
Not much text, this is a very fast read. There are a few nicely written and illustrated recipes at the end and instructions for sugared flowers in the middle.
Recommended for all ages. My teenage daughter and my adult son both liked it very well. I expected my daughter to like it, my son liking it came as a bit of a surprise.
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