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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Happy Birthday Cupcake! by Terry Border

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Today's post is an especially yummy one, just don't let the cast of characters hear you say it.  Why?  Oh, no reason. It certainly hasn't anything to do with the fact that they are various snacks and dishes.  Nope.  Certainly not that.  ^-^  *ahem*  Well then, now that we've established that, let's put on our party hats and welcome today's book of choice...

Terry Border
Philomel Books

About the book:
It’s the most wonderful time of the year – Cupcake’s birthday! But how best to celebrate with all her friends. A boat party is risky, in case Soup loses his lunch. The beach is always fun in the summer, but what if Chocolate and Donut get a bit melty? Musical chairs runs the risk of some serious squishage, and doing the limbo could lose Cupcake her perfectly frosted top. What’s a birthday girl to do? Luckily, Cupcake’s friends have planned ahead and thought of everything. It’s the perfect recipe for the best birthday party ever, with music, dancing, decorations – the works!


It would seem obvious that Cupcake is made to party, but finding the right venue and look for all her friends is another story.  

Soup losing his lunch was certainly interesting and rather funny despite the fact that it sounds gag inducing.  The beach idea definitely wasn't flying as soon as we found out how sweet some of her friends were.  A trip on the Root Beer Float ('s a boat!) wouldn't work especially if any of the guests unwittingly went for a swim.  It seemed her party was doomed from the start...but with a little help from her friends and a BIG surprise, there just might be a party after all.

Between the quirky staged scenes and the outlandish behavior of the guests, it's a wonder any reader can make it through this work without at least one outburst of giggles.  My personal favorite was when Cupcake was going to get everyone makeovers...until seeing Burger with frosting and realizing that was not a good combo.  Some foods just don't mix.  Oh and also when Peanut Butter Bread and Jelly Bread were playing on the seesaw.  One can only guess what the eventual results of their time together would be.  

In closing, I'm not a huge fan of the making-still-objects-into-living-things practice, I still found this read humorous, creative, and endearing.  I mean really, how can you go wrong with an Eclair dog or a musical band made solely of canned beans!  Just goes to show you, you can't judge a book by its cover, nor a cupcake by her frosting.  Recommended read for all ages; young or young-ish, there's fun to be had by all.


About the author...

Terry Border  is the author of Peanut Butter & Cupcake and the mastermind behind the Bent Objects project, which has been lauded in media all over the world, spawning books, calendars, greeting cards and puzzles. He lives with his family in Indianapolis, Indiana.



Special thanks to Rachel at Penguin Young Readers for the review copy and chance to bring this title to you.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, the other bendable fun artwork created by Mr. Border, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title just released earlier this month via Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf, or virtual retailer of your choosing.

Until next time...happy reading!

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