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ISBN13: 9780618445578
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Two very exciting things in this world are tiramisu and spiritual beings, and The Bake Shop Ghost has both. Annie Washington is our fearless heroine, challenged to a celestial bake-off in an attempt to appease a stubborn ghost. Marjorie Priceman's jaunty illustrations perfectly capture such lively yet haunting cities as New Orleans and Savannah. This is perfect for a story channeled from old folktales and a Charlie Daniels song. The author has updated the tale to give us not just a happy ending, but a sweet partnership between the living and the dead.
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Cora Lee Merriweather baked the best pies and cakes for miles—fluffy meringue pies, flaky strudels, layer cakes, sheet cakes, and cakes with frosting finer than Irish lace. But now Cora Lee haunts the shop she used to own.

When new bakers arrive to take over her empty bake shop, Cora Lee scares them away, each and every one. Then Annie Washington comes to town . . .

Jacqueline K. Ogburn and Marjorie Priceman combine their talents to give us an enchanting bakers battle in this story about how to unlock the secrets of the perfect recipe and a lonely heart.

Review:

"Chock-full of fluffy meringue pies and a forlorn poltergeist, this culinary ghost story shows how, with a little determination, two cooks can learn to share a single kitchen. Miss Cora Lee Merriweather's bakery is 'the best bake shop in these parts — maybe even in the whole state,' and 'the chocolate in her Mississippi mud pie was darker than the devil's own heart.' After Cora Lee's death, her cantankerous ghost chases away succeeding owners of the bake shop, but she finally meets her match in tenacious Annie Washington. Ogburn's (The Magic Nesting Doll) languid, Southern imagery brims with delicious food puns and alliteration (in her quest to please Cora Lee, Annie 'made tortes and tarts, babkas and bundts, pound cake and panforte'), and closes with a 'Ghost-Pleasing Chocolate Cake' recipe. Priceman's (Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin) free-flowing, Bemelmans-style artwork, on the other hand, at times seem mismatched, depicting scenes that look as if they are set in France. Even the 'preacher' at Cora Lee's funeral is pictured in an elaborate church wearing a formal priest's cassock. Still, Priceman's energetic, loose lined paintings show as much comedy as spookiness, while Cora Lee swoops around the kitchen breaking plates and eggs and strewing flour. Miss Cora Lee Merriweather's 'lemon-pucker mouth' is finally transformed to sunny, buttercream yellow when Annie comes up with the perfect way to make peace. Readers will likely enjoy this unusual contest, and the surprise twist ending. Ages 4-8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

The charming story of a cranky old ghost who haunts the bake shop she used to own is now in paperback!

Cora Lee Merriweather had a lemon pucker mouth and hair scraped back into a hard little bun. Cora Lee also baked the best pies and cakes for miles. But now Cora Lee haunts the shop she used to own. When new bakers arrive to take over her empty bake shop, she scares them away. Then Annie Washington comes to town, and it seems Cora Lee has met her match.

About the Author

Marjorie Priceman has worked in an ice cream parlor, but luckily for us, she decided to be a painter. She has illustrated many wonderful books such as Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin, which was a Caldecott Honor Book. And though Marjorie has also written and illustrated a bookPrincess Pickyabout vegetables, she still considers cake to be one of life's great and necessary pleasures.Jacqueline K. Ogburn, in spite of a lifelong fondness for cake, has never worked in a bake shop. Her family's favorite recipe for birthday cake is the one in this book. Ms. Ogburn lives with her husband and two daughters in Durham, North Carolina.

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jlmcq, September 19, 2008 (view all comments by jlmcq)
When my 1st grade daughter brought this book home from her school library, I was skeptical. First, she has an overactive imagination and is prone to nightmares, so I was not sure I wanted her reading a book about any kind of ghost, whether of the bake shop variety or not. Second, I'm generally skeptical about children's books, having read many of poor or mediocre quality over the years. (I'm sure many parents relate to this.)

But, when my daughter started reading this one aloud to me, the images and word play were engaging and vivid. I could visualize Cora Lee, even without looking at the illustrations. We both loved the story, and had a great affection for both Cora Lee and Annie by the end. I was so inspired by the book, I even said yes when my daughter asked if we could try out the cake recipe from the back of the book. (We made cupcakes rather than layer cake, and did the stiffer version of the icing.) They were fantastic (my husband's exact reaction was 'where have you been hiding these cupcakes all my life?') and we will definitely be making them again.
I am now looking to find other books by Jaqueline Ogburn, having so enjoyed the Bake Shop Ghost.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780618445578
Author:
Jacqueline K. Ogburn and Marjorie Priceman
Publisher:
HMH Books for Young Readers
Illustrator:
Priceman, Marjorie A.
Illustrator:
Priceman, Marjorie
Author:
Ogburn, Jacqueline
Author:
Leggatt, Jeremy
Author:
Priceman, Marjorie A.
Author:
Ogburn, Jacqueline K.
Location:
Boston
Subject:
General
Subject:
Cake
Subject:
Ghosts
Subject:
Bakers and bakeries
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Cooking/Food
Subject:
Social Issues - Emotions & Feelings
Subject:
Horror & Ghost Stories
Subject:
Bakeries
Subject:
Ghost stories
Subject:
Children s-Cooking and Food Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback - picture book
Publication Date:
July 2005
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from K up to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-color illustrations
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
11 x 9 x 0.13 n 0.84 lb
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:
05-08

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Two very exciting things in this world are tiramisu and spiritual beings, and The Bake Shop Ghost has both. Annie Washington is our fearless heroine, challenged to a celestial bake-off in an attempt to appease a stubborn ghost. Marjorie Priceman's jaunty illustrations perfectly capture such lively yet haunting cities as New Orleans and Savannah. This is perfect for a story channeled from old folktales and a Charlie Daniels song. The author has updated the tale to give us not just a happy ending, but a sweet partnership between the living and the dead.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Chock-full of fluffy meringue pies and a forlorn poltergeist, this culinary ghost story shows how, with a little determination, two cooks can learn to share a single kitchen. Miss Cora Lee Merriweather's bakery is 'the best bake shop in these parts — maybe even in the whole state,' and 'the chocolate in her Mississippi mud pie was darker than the devil's own heart.' After Cora Lee's death, her cantankerous ghost chases away succeeding owners of the bake shop, but she finally meets her match in tenacious Annie Washington. Ogburn's (The Magic Nesting Doll) languid, Southern imagery brims with delicious food puns and alliteration (in her quest to please Cora Lee, Annie 'made tortes and tarts, babkas and bundts, pound cake and panforte'), and closes with a 'Ghost-Pleasing Chocolate Cake' recipe. Priceman's (Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin) free-flowing, Bemelmans-style artwork, on the other hand, at times seem mismatched, depicting scenes that look as if they are set in France. Even the 'preacher' at Cora Lee's funeral is pictured in an elaborate church wearing a formal priest's cassock. Still, Priceman's energetic, loose lined paintings show as much comedy as spookiness, while Cora Lee swoops around the kitchen breaking plates and eggs and strewing flour. Miss Cora Lee Merriweather's 'lemon-pucker mouth' is finally transformed to sunny, buttercream yellow when Annie comes up with the perfect way to make peace. Readers will likely enjoy this unusual contest, and the surprise twist ending. Ages 4-8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
The charming story of a cranky old ghost who haunts the bake shop she used to own is now in paperback!

Cora Lee Merriweather had a lemon pucker mouth and hair scraped back into a hard little bun. Cora Lee also baked the best pies and cakes for miles. But now Cora Lee haunts the shop she used to own. When new bakers arrive to take over her empty bake shop, she scares them away. Then Annie Washington comes to town, and it seems Cora Lee has met her match.

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