Cupcake Cousins (Cupcake Cousins Series #1)

Cupcake Cousins (Cupcake Cousins Series #1)

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by Kate Hannigan
     
 

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Best friends and cousins Willow and Delia get an extra-special family vacation one summer when their Aunt Rosie gets married. But she wants them to be flower girls! Fourth-grade flower girls? No, thank you!See more details below

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Best friends and cousins Willow and Delia get an extra-special family vacation one summer when their Aunt Rosie gets married. But she wants them to be flower girls! Fourth-grade flower girls? No, thank you!

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

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

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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423193937
Publisher:
Disney Publishing Worldwide
Publication date:
05/13/2014
Series:
Cupcake Cousins Series , #1
Sold by:
DISNEY PUBLISHING WORLDWIDE -EBKS
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
533,480
File size:
65 MB
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Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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