Synopses & Reviews
Zoe loves cupcakes, especially pink ones, and princesses, especially magic ones. Unfortunately her greedy brother Ralph loves cupcakes too—he spoils everything! One day Zoe bakes a wish into her cupcakes. Suddenly she is a real princess! But Ralph is still up to his old tricks. Will Princess Zoe finally find a way to give Ralph what he deserves?
Katherine Tegens humorous text and Kristin Varners magical artwork will satisfy every sister who has ever been plagued by a brother, and every child who believes in the power of magic!
"Zoe loves cupcakes and princesses with equal passion, but lately neither is very satisfying. Her older brother and his buddies are constantly eating her cupcakes, and Zoe's pretend tea parties with her stuffed animals are unfulfilling. 'Shall we walk around our kingdom today?' she asks her fuzzy bunny, who 'looked at her blankly. Zoe sighed. Maybe pretending to be a princess wasn't such a great thing after all.' Luckily for Zoe, simply making a wish while she bakes a new batch of cupcakes is enough to transform her into an actual princess, turn her 'plastic playhouse' into a castle, and give her truly interactive animal friends/subjects. There are many books available that celebrate the power of a child's imagination; this isn't one of them. Instead, author/publisher Tegen (Snowman Magic) uses magic to instantly solve every problem that comes Zoe's way, from the tedium of pretending to be a princess to her royal subjects' need for new outfits and her brother's cupcake thievery. Varner's dynamic acrylics are a bright spot in an otherwise uninspiring tale. Ages 4 8. Illustrator's agent: Maggie Byers-Sprinzeles, Byers-Sprinzeles Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Fans of Pinkalicious, by Victoria Kann (2006), and the Fancy Nancy books, by Jane OConnor, will take to Zoe and her magic cupcakes." - Booklist
About the Author
Katherine Tegen is the author of the New York Times−bestselling picture book The Story of the Easter Bunny and several other books for children. As well as being an author, Katherine is an editor and a publisher of children's and teen books. She lives in New York City with her family.
Kristin Varner was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has lived (and eaten cupcakes) in several cities across the globe. She holds a BFA in illustration from Rhode Island School of Design. She lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband and daughter.