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ISBN13: 9781596434196
ISBN10: 1596434198
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Cupcakes life is pretty good. Hes got his bakery, and his band, and his best friend, Eggplant. His days are full of cooking, socializing, and playing music. But lately, Cupcake has been struggling in the kitchen. Hes sure the solution to all his problems is out there somewhere. But maybe that solution is hiding closer to home.

Sara Varon returns with an ageless tale as dreamy and evocative as her break-out hit graphic novel Robot Dreams. At once deeply metaphorical and hilariously literal, Bake Sale is a story for anyone whos ever looked for an easy answer to lifes intractable difficulties. Its also a cookbook: Varon includes seven delicious recipes, from classic cupcakes to sugared flower petals to marzipan.

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"In a world of anthropomorphized food, Cupcake is a pink cupcake who runs his own bakery and idolizes the culinary work of Turkish Delight, a famous foreign chef. Cupcake's best friend, Eggplant, has a way for Cupcake to meet his idol, but first Cupcake must spend extra time earning enough money for the plane trip to Turkey. Cupcake has to drop out of the band he enjoys and go the extra mile to sell as many baked goods as he can. Much of the book shows Cupcake's hard work, which doesn't actually get him anywhere in the end because he gives his money to Eggplant — who has lost his job — instead. This seems to be showing that it's good to help others, and not to idolize when one can believe in oneself. However, it does make the ending feel a tad anticlimactic and as if nothing has been solved, since it seems that Cupcake has worked hard and pushed himself for nothing. Altogether the book has a mellow, easygoing feel, using soft colors and showing many yummy foods. As an added bonus, recipes for how to make the various scrumptious meals readers watch Cupcake prepare are provided. As in her previous Robot Dreams, Varon's art is simple and cozy, making this sweet tale a confection of its own. Ages 9 — 12. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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. You can find her online at chickenopolis.com

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Prettybird, April 7, 2013 (view all comments by Prettybird)
Bake sale has great drawings. At first it seems weird to have food being the characters of a story. But as you read the story, it seems to be sort of normal, albeit humorous. The story is very sweet. It’s about Cupcake and Eggplant, two very good friends. They help each other out and do some fun baking in the process. There are recipes at the end so you can make what the two friends made.
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TammyJo, September 20, 2011 (view all comments by TammyJo)
I received this book to write a book review of and this is my third review -- the second published.

Geared toward older children, this graphic novel presents the life of a baker in NYC who struggles to be creative, make great products, and earn money for the trip of a lifetime to meet one of his baking idols. The details are good, the story is interesting but also teaches certain life lessons about work, choices, and friendship. The drawing is clean without being simple and a reader will learn a lot from spending some time on each page.

It is, however, a bit creepy not from story or drawing but the very concept of the universe. This is a living food world, apparently both processed and fresh food, and they eat food just like themselves. There is also an odd moment where we see a poster with two humans on it yet humans are no where else in this world. Probably not a big issue for many children but for sensitive ones that might give them pause.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781596434196
Author:
Varon, Sara
Publisher:
First Second
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Cooking
Subject:
Food
Subject:
Social Issues - Friendship
Subject:
Graphic Novels - Fantasy
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Comics & Graphic Novels
Subject:
Cooking/Food
Edition Description:
Graphic Novels
Publication Date:
20110831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-color illustrations throughout
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
8.5 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 8 up to 13

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In a world of anthropomorphized food, Cupcake is a pink cupcake who runs his own bakery and idolizes the culinary work of Turkish Delight, a famous foreign chef. Cupcake's best friend, Eggplant, has a way for Cupcake to meet his idol, but first Cupcake must spend extra time earning enough money for the plane trip to Turkey. Cupcake has to drop out of the band he enjoys and go the extra mile to sell as many baked goods as he can. Much of the book shows Cupcake's hard work, which doesn't actually get him anywhere in the end because he gives his money to Eggplant — who has lost his job — instead. This seems to be showing that it's good to help others, and not to idolize when one can believe in oneself. However, it does make the ending feel a tad anticlimactic and as if nothing has been solved, since it seems that Cupcake has worked hard and pushed himself for nothing. Altogether the book has a mellow, easygoing feel, using soft colors and showing many yummy foods. As an added bonus, recipes for how to make the various scrumptious meals readers watch Cupcake prepare are provided. As in her previous Robot Dreams, Varon's art is simple and cozy, making this sweet tale a confection of its own. Ages 9 — 12. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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