Bake Sale

how cute is it that a cupcake runs a bakery?!?

With Bake Sale, Sara Varon has created a modern fable, telling a tale of urban life in a world populated with walking, talking food items. Cupcake’s an accomplished baker who wins awards and satisfies his neighborhood customers. He and friend Eggplant also play in a band together.

When Cupcake finds out that Eggplant’s Aunt Aubergine (hee!) knows popular pastry chef Turkish Delight, the two friends plan a trip overseas to meet them. Cupcake dreams of being recognized by such an illustrious baker, but what he really needs to realize is how good he already has it. He becomes so focused on outside validation that he loses some of the balance in his life that keeps him happy, and his failed attempts to create a lot more exotic food causes him to forget how talented he is.

Cupcake seemed like some folks I’ve known, people with a goal (which isn’t a bad thing) who then assume everything will be best once they get there. That both sets them up for disappointment as well as causing them to neglect what’s good about where they are currently. but maybe that’s a little deep for this book aimed at “ages 8 and up” — on another level, it’s fun just to enjoy these characters hang out. It may seem silly for vegetables and baked goods to go to a coffee shop or a steam bath, but that’s part of the charm. and the underlying friendship is something any reader can envy.

Varon’s style is well-suited for a cute tale that has a bit a lot more depth to it. Her characters are basic but make sense in their placements of arms, legs, and faces. While they’re deceptively straightforward, their world is made a lot more real to the reader for the detail she adds in background. The soft colors contribute to the comfortable feeling, contrasting with the thought-provoking message. As a bonus, the book consists of several of Cupcake’s recipes, from cupcakes and brownies to marzipan and sugared flowers and even pet dog biscuits!

The publisher’s web site has an excerpt of sample pages and a reading group discussion guide. Bake Sale can be bought from your local comic shop with the code JUL11 1110. It’s due out in September. (The publisher supplied a review copy.)

Share this:

Related Posts:

Yakitate!! Japan volume 1The most current entry in the “I need to be the best at ___” manga genre combines cooking and competition in an unusual way in Yakitate!! Japan volume 1. Kazuma is figured out to become a world-class baker and create a national bread worthy of Japan, one that tastes better than rice. (It’s…

The Baker street Peculiars: exclusive PreviewComing out in March is a new miniseries written by the talented Roger Langridge (Abigail and the Snowman) that takes on a particular interest of mine: the world of Sherlock Holmes. Illustrated by Andy Hirsch (Adventure Time), The Baker street Peculiars has the premise that Holmes is a sham. (So…

The Baker street Peculiars gives full Art CreditOut today is the fourth and final issue of The Baker street Peculiars by Roger Langridge and Andy Hirsch. It [turned out to be] much a lot more a “group of kids save the day from fantastic monsters” than the classic mystery its name might suggest, but there were still some bits…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.