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Bake Sale

Bake Sale

by Sara Varon


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Cupcake's life is pretty good. He's got his bakery, and his band, and his best friend, Eggplant. His days are full of cooking, socializing, and playing music. But lately, Cupcake has been struggling in the kitchen. He's sure the solution to all his problems is out there somewhere. But maybe that solution is hiding closer to home.

Sara Varon returns with an ageless tale as dreamy and evocative as her break-out hit graphic novel Robot Dreams. At once deeply metaphorical and hilariously literal, Bake Sale is a story for anyone who's ever looked for an easy answer to life's intractable difficulties. It's also a cookbook: Varon includes seven delicious recipes, from classic cupcakes to sugared flower petals to marzipan.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596434196
Publisher: First Second
Publication date: 08/30/2011
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 282,254
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Originally from outside Chicago, Sara Varon now resides in Brooklyn, where she likes to bake, and especially eat, baked goods. Fortunately, she is a runner and recreational boxer, so she gets lots of exercise too. Her other books include Robot Dreams, Chicken and Cat, Chicken and Cat Clean Up, and Sweaterweather.

Reading Group Guide

For Discussion:
Bake Sale
is a graphic novel, a story told in words and pictures. How do you think this story would be told differently if it was a novel, with only words?
How would it be different if it was a movie, with just pictures?
Make at least one of the recipes from this book. Is it delicious?
What effect does the protagonist being a cupcake have on the way this story is told? What effect does it have on your reading experience?
Is there something you feel passionate about like Cupcake does about baking? If you had to do it for ten hours a day, do you think it would get less interesting?
Cupcake makes a big sacrifice for Eggplant, giving up his visit to Turkey. Do you think you could do something like that for a friend in need?
Do you think Cupcake and Eggplant will win the baking contest?
If you lived in a world where everyone was a food, what kind of food would you be? What about your friends?
Do Cupcake's adventures with baking inspire you to bake yourself? Have you

ever had a book inspire you to do something in the real world?

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