Cupcake Cousins, Book 1 Cupcake Cousins

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Baking a fluffy pink cupcake is awesome, but wearing a dress that looks like one? No, thank you!

Cousins Willow and Delia can't wait to spend a week vacationing together with their families. Their aunt is getting married, and Willow and Delia are hoping their tasty baked goods will be enough to get them out of being flower girls in the wedding.

But with a mischievous little brother, a bacon-loving dog, and a misbehaving blender in the mix, ...

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Overview

Baking a fluffy pink cupcake is awesome, but wearing a dress that looks like one? No, thank you!

Cousins Willow and Delia can't wait to spend a week vacationing together with their families. Their aunt is getting married, and Willow and Delia are hoping their tasty baked goods will be enough to get them out of being flower girls in the wedding.

But with a mischievous little brother, a bacon-loving dog, and a misbehaving blender in the mix, their treats don't exactly turn out as planned. When a real emergency threatens to ruin the wedding, will their baking skills be enough to save the day?

Join Willow and Delia in the kitchen by following their scrumptious recipes for whoopee pies, peach pancakes, and other tasty treats!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/10/2014
Fourth-grader Willow lives for summer vacations on Lake Michigan with her extended family, including her cousin Delia. This year, Willow and Delia’s Aunt Rosie is getting married, but the girls think they’re too old to be flower girls, especially in dresses fit for a toddler. Their plan is to demonstrate that their real talents involve baking, but they get off on the wrong foot with the caterer, disappointing Willow. Delia, meanwhile, is worried about her father’s unemployment and the toll it’s taking on her parents’ marriage. Add in a pair of snobby older sisters, an energetic younger brother, and a wedding day baking emergency, and debut novelist Hannigan has assembled all the ingredients for an entertaining and gentle-natured family tale. Delia’s anxieties and Willow’s struggle to be seen as more than a little kid are relatable, and first-time illustrator Hughes’s spot illustrations (not all seen by PW) give a good sense of the girls, the vacation home they love, and the matter-of-fact racial diversity of their clan. The ending is almost as sweet as the recipes that end several chapters. Ages 8–12. Author’s agent: Teresa Kietlinski, Prospect Agency. (May)
Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
Fourth-grade cousins Willow and Delia would have been excited to be heading off to a shared summer vacation on Lake Michigan, with the added fun of their beloved Aunt Rosie’s wedding, if only they were not facing the indignity of having to be flower girls and wearing babyish, “bubble-gum-bright” pink dresses. The girls, aspiring chefs and avid bakers, scheme to show Aunt Rosie that their talents in the kitchen are formidable enough to excuse them from flower girl duty so they can serve as caterers instead. But their plans go awry as they mistakenly add salt rather than sugar to fresh-squeezed lemonade, make smoothies in a blender with a defective lid, and fail to stop their dog from devouring bacon-wrapped asparagus hors d’oeuvres. The novel is a bit overstuffed with subplots involving everything from Delia’s parents’ marital discord to a romance between the inn’s owner and the new caterer; it also strains credulity that Willow’s five-year-old brother, Sweet William, could mold an exquisite replica of the bridal couple to crown the wedding cake. But it is hard to resist the fun of being “cupcake cousins” together by the lakeside on the eve of a wedding where everything ends up working out exactly as readers hope it will. Complete with the girls’ favorite recipes, this is a sweet summertime delight. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.; Ages 8 to 12.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-03-31
Culinary mishaps ensue when 9-year-old cousins Willow and Delia conspire to avoid being flower girls in their aunt's wedding. Willow and Delia are adamantly opposed to their roles as flower girls at their aunt Rosie's wedding. During their annual summer visit to Saugatuck, on the Lake Michigan shore, the pair devises a plan to foil their impending flower-girl debuts. In hopes of replacing their flower-girl status with catering duty, Willow and Delia decide to spend the week preceding the wedding showing off their culinary expertise. However, the girls soon discover that Mr. Henry, the owner of their vacation house, has hired a new chef and caterer. Undaunted, the girls persevere. The duo's schemes are disrupted by comical kitchen catastrophes, the antics of Willow's 5-year-old brother and their family dog, as well as the mysterious behavior of Mr. Henry. Hannigan deftly portrays the angst Willow struggles with as she approaches the early-preteen years. With keen insight, she also explores Delia's worries about her father's job loss and concerns about her parents' marriage. After the girls learn that the new chef has also suffered a recent job loss, their determined efforts to help her in a crisis establish a newfound maturity. Hughes' cheery black-and-white illustrations capture the cousins' exuberance, highlighting both misadventures and sentimental moments. Recipes featuring various foods from the story are included. Hannigan's lively tale celebrates family and friendship. (Fiction. 9-12)
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"Hughes' cheery black-and-white illustrations capture the cousins' exuberance, highlighting both misadventures and sentimental moments. . . . Hannigan's lively tale celebrates family and friendship."—Kirkus Reviews

"[D]ebut novelist Hannigan has assembled all the ingredients for an entertaining and gentle-natured family tale."—Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423178309
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 5/13/2014
  • Series: Cupcake Cousins Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 147,294
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate Hannigan, a former journalist with the San Francisco Chronicle and the Dallas Morning News, works as an online editor and writer in Chicago, where she lives with her husband, three kids, two frogs, and one noisy dog. An active blogger and dangerous home cook, Kate enjoys carefree Michigan summers, riding bikes, picking blueberries, and chasing fireflies. This is her debut novel. Say hello online at KateHannigan.com.

Brooke Boynton Hughes grew up in Loveland, Colorado, where she spent lots of time drawing cats, mermaids, and tree houses. Today, she holds a BFA in Printmaking from Colorado State University, an MFA in Figurative Art from the New York Academy of Art, and she loves baking cupcakes. She currently lives in Colorado. This is her first book. Visit her online at www.brookeboyntonhughes.com!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2014

    Amazing book

    I love this book so much i just cant stop reading it.Although since i loved it i asked my librian if there is a second one in the series and she said that the first one came out a couple weeks/monthes ago and i was really bummed that the second one wasn't out yet i hope that there is more coming in the series REALLY SOON !!! :)

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  • Posted August 1, 2014

    A deliciously-fun middle grade novel, perfect for summer reading

    A deliciously-fun middle grade novel, perfect for summer reading!

    Every summer, nine-year-old cousins Willow and Delia look forward to their vacation at Lake Michigan with their families: a whole week of catching fireflies, picking peaches in the orchards and boogie boarding in the lake together. But the best part is that they always get to take over the kitchen to cook up mouthwatering treats for everyone.

    This year, the family vacation will be extra special, because Aunt Rosie is getting married, and everyone will be a part of the big day. Unfortunately, she wants Willow and Delia to wear ugly, pink dresses and be flower girls for the ceremony. And they're much too old for that. But if they can show everyone how amazing their cooking skills are, they're sure to convince Aunt Rosie to put them in charge of the wedding reception refreshments instead, right?

    Willow and Delia are best friends who are nothing alike but perfectly matched. Willow is a big dreamer, great at coming up with fabulous and adventurous ideas. Delia is a planner who can find practical ways to make Willow's schemes happen. But even Willow's big ideas and Delia's logical plans might not be enough to overcome exploding blenders and a cranky new head chef.

    I loved getting to know these adorable cupcake cousins. (They remind me so much of myself and my cousin/best friend, when we were younger!) And the recipes sprinkled throughout the story ... Yum!

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  • Posted July 27, 2014

    Such a cute, sweet book with a fantastic combination of great il

    Such a cute, sweet book with a fantastic combination of great illustrations, yummy-sounding recipes, a range of humor from intentionally cheesy to actual laugh-out-loud, and racial diversity.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2014

    So, clearly, I have a thing for middle-grade foodie books. But t

    So, clearly, I have a thing for middle-grade foodie books. But this book also holds a special place in my heart thanks to the cousins' relationship. When I was about the same age as Willow and Delia, I spent a week in the summer with my own cousin, and in fact I'm pretty sure that that week featured our earliest culinary experiments. I remember the two of us calling up the Duncan Hines hotline (no Internet back then!) to ask how much peanut butter we should add to their cookie mix to make chocolate chip-peanut butter cookies. (And I even still remember the answer--1/3 of a cup!)




    But I digress. Whether or not you have your own personal fond memories of cooking with a cousin, this book is lovely. Yes, the girls spend time together in the kitchen, but the story is much wider in scope, touching on both light and heavier family and community issues such as divorce and job loss. And, of course, embracing your passions and finding your place in a big family. There's also plenty of action, humor, and hijinks, and absolutely adorable illustrations. Middle-grade readers will devour this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2014

    Good book

    It waa a good book but not for very sensitive chikdren

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  • Posted May 15, 2014

    Willow has found a new enemy ¿ the frilly bubble gum pink flower

    Willow has found a new enemy – the frilly bubble gum pink flower girl dress she’s supposed to wear at her Aunt Rosie’s wedding. Usually Willow can’t wait to get to her families’ summer vacation spot on the shore at Lake Michigan, but this year she is distracted by the pink poofy mess of a dress. Willow is looking forward to seeing her favorite cousin, Delia (the other flower girl in the wedding) though. Delia is as horrified by the dress as Willow is, but they can’t hurt Aunt Rosie’s feelings and tell her they don’t want to wear the dresses (after all they are too old to be flower girls!). They hatch a plan to wow Aunt Rosie with their baked goods so Aunt Rosie will want them in the kitchen during the wedding and not in the horrible dresses.

    Willow soon finds that her troubles are more than a dress. The summer houses’ new cook has thrown the girls out of the kitchen, Delia’s father has lost his job and her parents aren’t getting along, and she keeps getting blamed for the trouble her little brother gets into. Put all that along with a couple of snooty older sisters making the girls feel bad about themselves and Willow isn’t sure how to save this summer.

    What I thought – This book has an awesome first line –

    “Willow scowled at the flower-girl dress like it was growing in a patch of poison ivy.”

    This story is about a lot more than just a girl trying to get out of wearing an ugly dress (I don’t think I would have liked this book so much if it was). The story is about all the things kids have to deal with in everyday life-like getting into trouble for doing something you didn’t mean to do or didn’t do, or siblings who you don’t really get along with. or parents not getting along. What is nice is that Ms. Hannigan writes about all the difficult stuff in families but shows how much the family cares about each other too. There is even a little mystery thrown into the story having to do with a rickety old house next door. I thought Ms. Hannigan’s writing style flowed well and she wrote about very believable characters. It was nice that Ms. Hannigan included Delia’s family as being multicultural. Willow was a great main character who you really care about. Willow’s little brother’s (and his big dog’s) trouble-making added some humor to the story (and I always like humor). There are very nice pencil sketches throughout the book (a few in each chapter) by Ms. Hughes that went well with the story. There are also all kinds of recipes scattered in the book (if the chapter dealt with the girls making something – there is a recipe for it). That will be fun to try some of them out. At 288 pages the book gives a young advanced reader a great story to get involved in. I think older kids will enjoy learning about this family too.
    *NOTE I got an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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