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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.

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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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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: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,719,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer 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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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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9 and 7 year old both loved this book. Dessert. Adventure. Kookiness. What could be wrong with that?!? Its a Richard Jackson book and all his books are great ones. Its a bit hard to find what he's worked on but where you can find them, they are great.
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Elish lured me in with Dessert. And then kept me reading as I followed the hysterically zany adventures of his delicious characters and partook of his delectable poetry. For years I used to read to my now-grown sons every night before bed; this was a book they asked for again and again, which was grand because it's also so much fun to read out loud. Although my sons are now grown and gone, it remains my secret dessert pleasure--and it's not fattening!
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I raced through this book because - like a good dessert, it was light, funny, just a bit sweet, and oh-so-satisfying! This is the tale of John Applefeller who has his heart set on winning the Worldwide Dessert Contest and earning the coveted Silver Spoon. Each year he enters, and each year his desserts meet with disaster as they change into something else at the very last minute. The judges are tired of tasting something that turns out to be superglue, cement or knee pads and are ready to ban our hero for life. He has one last chance for apple dessert fame. Will he succeed?
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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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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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