Bake Sale by Sara Varon
Cupcake owns a bakery and his life has a certain routine to it. Wake up at 6:30 am, head to the bakery, bake, and then open the shop at 9:00 am, work until 4:00 pm, then spend time with his friend, Eggplant. Eggplant is planning a trip to Turkey to visit his family, who happen to know the very famous chef, Turkish Delight. When Eggplant invites Cupcake to join him on the trip, Cupcake has to work hard to make more money and pay for it. As he tries new things, his delight in baking returns. Perhaps the solution to his struggles is closer to home than he thought!
Varon is the author of the very successful, Robot Dreams. While this graphic novel doesn’t have the power of that book, it is still a great read that children will respond to. The book also includes seven recipes for food that Cupcake makes in the book. All of Varon’s books have a winning quirkiness to them. Here you have Cupcake who creates cupcakes for other people to eat. A bit strange, but that’s what makes Varon’s worlds so intriguing.
Her illustrations are just as clear and charming as always. The characters are expressive, funny and interesting. The text is fanciful and fun, often meandering a bit rather than driving the story forward. It reads and seems as if readers are really looking at Cupcake’s life.
A whimsical graphic novel that is not too sugary at all. Appropriate for ages 8-12.
Reviewed from copy received from Roaring Brook Press.
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