Maybelle and the Haunted Cupcake

Maybelle and the Haunted Cupcake

by Katie Speck, Paul Ratz de Tagyos
     
 

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Maybelle the cockroach loves tasty crumbs and scrumptious sprinkles, but she is tired of braving the dangers of Mr. and Mrs. Peabody's kitchen: the flattening feet, the bright light, and especially the cat, Ramona.

Enter Bernice. She's an ant with a head cold who can't find her way back to her nest, and she adopts Maybelle as her new queen. But Bernice has a

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Maybelle the cockroach loves tasty crumbs and scrumptious sprinkles, but she is tired of braving the dangers of Mr. and Mrs. Peabody's kitchen: the flattening feet, the bright light, and especially the cat, Ramona.

Enter Bernice. She's an ant with a head cold who can't find her way back to her nest, and she adopts Maybelle as her new queen. But Bernice has a habit of getting into trouble, causing the Peabodys to think their house is haunted. Can't a cockroach ever get a break?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Paula McMillen
Maybelle the Cockroach lives at Number 10 Grand Street in the home of Myrtle and Herbert Peabody. Of course they don't know she lives under the refrigerator or they would call the exterminator, so Maybelle must be very careful to follow The Rules, e.g., "when it's light, stay out of sight." This often makes it very tedious to get enough food. But today, Mrs. Peabody is making miniature cupcakes for the Ladies' Annual Bake Sale with her very secret ingredients, and Maybelle is looking forward to snatching a chocolate sprinkle or two after the Peabodys go to bed. Her friend, Henry the Flea, who lives on the Peabody's cat, Ramona, cautions Maybelle to be careful what she wishes for when she sighs, "...I'm tired of going out for food and worrying about The Rules...I wish someone would bring food to me right here." Enter Bernice, an ant who, due to a severe head cold, can't smell well enough to find her way home. She decides to take up temporary residence with Maybelle, and, since her job as an ant is bringing food to her Queen, Maybelle will just have to fill that role for now. But Bernice doesn't follow The Rules and soon all sorts of mayhem ensue, including walking cupcakes that convince Mrs. Peabody her secret ingredient has caused the cupcakes to become haunted. This is a light-hearted tale, which treats lowly bugs as lovable characters, accompanied by hilarious black and white drawings. Maybelle, for instance, sports a big bow on the top of her head and wears a necklace, while Mrs. Peabody is about one-third the size of husband Herbert. This volume joins other episodes with Maybelle previously produced by the same author-illustrator pair. This would make a great read-aloud at home or in class. Reviewer: Paula McMillen, Ph.D.
From the Publisher

“An ideal choice for readers who are just starting chapter books.” —School Library Journal

“Delightful details will make adults giggle right along with new readers. . . . Maybelle is one cockroach who will be welcome back any day.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review on Maybelle in the Soup

“With its short chapters and simple dialogue, this story of friendship and wishful dreaming will engage readers. . . . Recommend this to reluctant readers who might have a penchant for the buggy side of life or those who want more from their world, no matter how young they are.” —School Library Journal on Maybelle in the Soup

“Short sentences, laugh-out-loud situations, and likable characters make this second series entry a winner.” —Kirkus Reviews on Maybelle Goes to Tea

School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—Maybelle, a cockroach, and Henry, a flea, meet Bernice, an ant. She has a cold and cannot smell very well so she is stranded at Maybelle's house. Bernice offers to make Maybelle her queen so that she can fetch her food (Bernice needs to work). Maybelle is excited about this prospect since all she can think about is food, and not having to hunt for it is very appealing. The only problem is that Bernice is a bit dotty, and Maybelle and Henry always have to rescue her from precarious situations. Speck's writing is filled with humor, and the story will have great appeal to children. Rátz de Tagyos's illustrations are simple but hilarious. With its easy-to-follow story line and short chapters, this is an ideal choice for readers who are just starting chapter books.—Mary Cass Mabbot, Indianapolis Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805094688
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
08/07/2012
Series:
Maybelle Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
874,342
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
510L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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Maybelle and the Haunted Cupcake

1

Make a Wish

At last it was evening at Number 10 Grand Street. In the afternoon, Myrtle Peabody had baked Mystery Ingredient Miniature Cupcakes for the Ladies' Annual Bake Sale. She had decorated them JUST SO with pink icing and chopped nuts and chocolate sprinkles. Now she arranged them on a platter for her husband, Herbert, to admire.

Watching from her cozy little home under the refrigerator, Maybelle the Cockroach waved her antennae. "Yum! I know what I want for dinner. I'm going to have a taste of those cupcakes," she said to her friend Henry the Flea.

"Just remember The Rules, Maybelle."

Maybelle recited them by heart: "When it's light, stay out of sight; if you're spied, better hide; never meet with human feet. Don't worry. I'll wait until it's safe,Henry. But why does getting something to eat have to be so hard?"

"It isn't," Henry said. "It's easy. I live on Ramona, and when I get hungry, I bite her." Ramona was the Peabodys' cat. She was napping close by on the kitchen floor.

"That's fine for you," Maybelle said. "But I'm tired of going out for food and worrying about The Rules and being chased by Ramona. I wish I could eat at home. I wish someone would bring food to me right here."

"Be careful what you wish for, Maybelle. Sometimes wishes come true," Henry said.

Maybelle would soon find out what he meant.

Text copyright © 2012 by Katie Speck

Meet the Author

Katie Speck is the author of two other popular Maybelle stories: Maybelle in the Soup and Maybelle Goes to Tea. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri.

Paul Rátz de Tagyos is the illustrator of several books for children, including the first two Maybelle books. He lives in New Rochelle, New York.

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