I'm thrilled to be taking part in The Cupcake Club Party Blog Tour. This is such a fun event and I would like to thank Sourcebooks for inviting me to join in. My stop includes a review and giveaway.
Category/Genre: Children's Fiction
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Publication Date: 3/1/13
Source: Received from publisher for review.
Includes recipes and tips to try at home!
"Kids and cupcakes are the perfect recipe!"-Sophie and Katerine, stars of TLC's DC Cupcakes
When she's not mixing it up on the basketball court, she's mixing the perfect batter with her friends in the cupcake club. Sadie's definitely no stranger to competition, but the oven mitts are off when the club is chosen to appear on Battle of the Bakers, the ultimate cupcake competition on TV.
But the real battle happens off camera when the club's baking business starts losing money.
With the clock ticking and the cameras rolling, will the club and their cupcakes rise to the occasion?
Sheryl Berk, New York Times bestselling author of Soul Surfer, and her nine-year-old daughter, Carrie, a cupcake connoisseur who has reviewed confections from the world in her Carrie's Cupcakes Critiques newsletter, have cooked up a delightful new series sure to be a treat.
Winner Bakes All was a really sweet, fun book with positive messages. I intended to read this with my seven year old son, but he's decided girls are gross. *sigh* I have an almost five-year old daughter who actually said she wants to be a "cupcake baker" when she grows up, but she's not quite ready for a book of this size. So I ended up reading Winner Bakes All on my own, but that was fine because I found it to be a great story for kids.
The story follows Sadie, one of the founders of Peace, Love, Cupcakes. Sadie's family is having a tough time financially, and it's causing a strain on her parents' relationship. Sadie wants to help, so she and her friends enter a baking competition to win the much needed prize money. The girls run into many obstacles throughout the story, but their spirit and determination never stops. As a parent, I found it very interesting, and important, that the story touched on the topic of the stresses that hit parents, often affect their children. I remember this as a kid, and I often don't even realize that my own kids pick up on even the slightest nonverbal cues. This was a great reminder to me that, even if I don't want my kids to feel my stress, they will, and it's a natural part of life. What is important is how you let it effect you. So that, in combination with the spirit of the story, being never give up, made this book really shine for me.
I won't lie, I was in this for the cupcakes. Just reading the descriptions made my mouth water! I loved that the book also includes recipes for some of the cupcakes mentioned in the story.
Winner Bakes All is a very positive, but also fun, story for kids.
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