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1. Birthday Muffin book is Coming to ipad

Illustration work is completed for "Birthday Muffin" written by
author, Marcia Trimble.
A deliciously yummy cupcake adventure for the sweet toothed!
(ipad app coming soon)    

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2. My Little Pony™ Party!

My Little Pony was around when I was growing up, and now the ponies have
returned with some sass, and my daughter is crazy about them.

Cutie mark cupcakes - here we go!  Making treats are my favorite party task.  
Decorate them with rock candy, Dots Gumdrops, confetti sprinkles, jelly beans,
rolled and cut Tootsie Fruit Chews, and rainbow Airheads Extremes Bites.
Making the six cutie marks was creative-fun!

Have the kids help.  You can't go wrong with marshmallow pops.
Dip marshmallows in melted colored chocolates,
and garnish them with sprinkles.  

A piñata for everyone!  I wrapped craft rolls with
printed napkins and tulle, and tied one end of each with ribbons.
Kids enjoyed filling the opens end with chocolates and candies.
They tied the loose ends 
and were pleased to have their
piñatas to take home .

Pony Dress-Up Time!
The girls loved dressing up, and accessorizing with hair clips and rings.
Assembling tutus and pony tails to pin is simple and affordable.
Click here to view Martha Stewart's tutu-making video.
To make the tails, use colorful, fluffy yarn and tie them together
with some pretty ribbons.

Here's a cool activity to include the boys.
The children filled miniature jars with colorful jewels and rocks.

I found this My Little Pony™ bracelet charm kit online,
and it was a great party activity for all ages.

free My Little Pony printables on her site.
They were perfect for printing party favor name tags.
Visit Michelle's blog for more My Little Pony party printables.

If you have a My Little Pony fan, 
I hope you find some inspiration here for your next party!

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3. FOODFIC: I Am Number Four - Pittacus Lore


When we first meet our hero – Number Four – he’s Daniel James of South Florida. But not for long. You see, Four is literally the fourth of 9 Lorien Garde who are hiding on Earth from Mogadorian hunters until their planet is safe to return to. The methodical elimination demands that once #3 is killed, Four is up next. So within pages of meeting him, our hero Daniel must assume the new identity of John Smith and relocate to Paradise, Ohio, population 5243. The size of the town is important, not because it makes it easier for now-John to blend (it’s actually harder, since new people stick out like Dopey’s ears in small towns) but because it’s nearly impossible for the larger-than-believably-human Mogadorians to blend.

At least Four is not alone; he travels with his “father” Keeper Henri, who stays Henri in every town for simplicity’s sake.* And Henri didn’t choose Paradise because it’s homey; he prefers they not get too attached to anywhere or anyone since they may/probably might/most definitely will have to leave town on very short notice. So of course this is the one place over after 11 years of moves  that Four does make a deep personal connection. And, ironically, he connects with Sarah in the “homiest” place in the school – the home ec kitchen. They bond over cupcakes and shared stories and a mutual frenemy. It’s all more 15-year-old Four has ever known, maybe even hoped for, which is why we get that sinking feeling that the day she becomes too hard for him to leave is exactly when he’ll have to go.

But what if this time he stays? What if he stops running and tries to fight back? Perhaps that could be the recipe for a win…

*You have to think it’d be even easier for Four to call Henri “Dad,” but he never has, even though his birth father was killed along with the rest of his family in the wars on Lorien years ago.

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4. My semi-successful cookie dough cupcakes

This year, for the first time, Little Dude asked me to MAKE the cake for his birthday party. 

For a moment I sat, stunned. "You don't want me to get it from the bakery?"

"No, I want you to make me chocolate chip-cookie dough cupcakes. Because I love your baking the best." He flashed me a smile and dashed off to play Ninjago or Pokemon or some other game that involves teenish boy-men smacking each other with magical creatures or swords. 

Because he loves my baking the best.

I was sunk.

Happily, I found that chocolate-chip-cookie-dough cupcakes are quite The Thing on the internet. I made my own with this mix of methods, with my very own mixed but tasty results: 

1. I made the this "cookie dough stuffing" recipe for the middle and froze it overnight, which all the recipes seem to agree is critical. I went with an eggless recipe because I really didn't want all of Little Dude's friends to get food poisoning along with their rock-and-roll goody bags at the party.

2. I mixed up a boxed yellow cake mix and filled the cupcake tins. Then I plopped a dough ball in each. No need to cover it or otherwise mess with it. The cake will take care of it.

Now here's the first thing I wish I had done differently. I didn't have any boy-birthday-appropriate cupcake wrappers/papers: I only had Christmas ones. So I merrily sprayed the heck out of the pans and trusted that would work. 

Wrong. I spent a lot of time and anxious energy trying to coax those cupcakes out of the pans. Thankfully, first graders don't really evaluate whether a cupcake is PERFECT before shoving it in their mouths. Husbands are a different story. They point out the raggedy sides. And then they shove the cupcake in their mouths. 

And then I boot them out of the kitchen.

3. After the cupcakes cooled, I frosted them with icing that tastes like cookie dough--for real. This stuff tastes AMAZING. 

But here was my second mistake: the recipe says to dump all of the confectioners sugar in at once, then blend. DO NOT MAKE THIS MISTAKE. The sugar went everywhere. Happily for me, my sweet and helpful mother was visiting. As she wiped away probably a half pound of sugar, she simply smiled and said, "you have never done anything halfway, my dear". Look, at left. She really did smile.

Blend the sugar in gradually. Little bits at a time. Or you'll wish you had listened to me.

So how were the cupcakes? Raggedy. Rich. Delicious. I would definitely make these again, so long as I had suitable cupcake wrappers. In fact I have some extra dough balls stashed in the freezer, just waiting for another opportunity to whip these up. 

Little Dude's review: "They were really good, Mom. But I didn't like the frosting."

Me: "Oh. OK. Well, I won't freeze the leftovers to put in your school lunches, then."

Little Dude, panicked: "Wait, no, you can freeze them. I'd eat them for LUNCH." (As opposed to breakfast, I guess... not that we EVER have cake for breakfast in this house...)

So, you might want to consider vanilla frosting if you're making these for kids. But for grown-ups? Go whole-hog and do the dough frosting!

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5. Bears, Beauty, Baked Goods: Shop to Support First Book This Holiday Season

Happy Holidays from your friends at First Book

We hope you’re enjoying the holiday season! The hard-working elves at First Book are doing everything they can to get new books into the hands of kids in need this winter, and you’ve got the chance to do the same.

Your generous donations to First Book have a significant impact – $2.50 provides a new book for a child from a low-income home, and this holiday season, our friends at Disney are matching every $1 donation with another new book. Click here to donate to First Book.

But there are other ways you can get new books to kids in need! There are all kinds of great companies who support our mission, so you can make a difference while taking care of your holiday shopping:

  • Build-A-Bear Workshop will donate 50 cents to First Book for every Read Teddy they sell this Christmas season. This stuffed bear is fuzzy, cute, and has a jaunty expression we’re quite fond of.
  • philosophy is donating 100% of the net proceeds from all sales of their sweet dreams fresh cream shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath to First Book. Do good and feel good!
  • Altruette makes all sorts of beautiful charms, and donates half the proceeds of every sale to a the cause represented by the charm. Lovely! This Christmas, sales of their ABC Book Charm will benefit First Book.
  • Baking for Good is a great online bakery where every purchase supports your choice of a great big list of charitable causes. When you buy all the cookies you could possibly want and/or afford, enter “First Book” as the cause you want to support, and 15% of your order will go to provide new books for kids in need.
  • I See Me! makes really cool personalized books for kids – stories with a special child’s name in them. And when you check out, if you enter “firstbook” as a coupon code, they’ll will donate 10% of sales to First Book … plus you’ll get 10% off your order.

You can find more about these great partners, and others like them, on our website. Good luck with your holiday shopping!

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6. Two Books for a Big Brother and Sister

Here are two ideas to keep a big brother and sister happy and busy while mother and baby snuggle nearby.

Cupcakes! (A Sweet Treat with More Than 200 Stickers), by Brandy Cooke, photos by Connie Kramer, Little Simon, $6.99 (board book), ages 3-5, 18 pages, 2011. A little decorator is needed quickly to sprinkle on toppings and make them stick! In this sweet board book, nine cupcakes with towering swirls of frosting are laid out for readers to decorate with colorful stickers. The stickers, stored in an envelope on the inside cover, are photographs of real-life confections and look as yummy as the frosting they stick on. There are sugar bugs to crawl up a chocolate mound of buttercream, gumpaste flowers to decorate a verdant swirl of frosting, and a host of mammals to swim and climb about the others, from gummy whales to a koala, lions and dinosaurs. In the first five spreads, Kramer suggests toppings that would match a frosting's color scheme. On the last spread, which unfolds four ways with a cupcake on every page, she invites readers to decorate frosting any way they like. Charming and irresistible, Cupcakes! is a delicious-looking project -- without any mess!

Guido's Great Coloring and Drawing Book, created by Guido Van Genechten, Clavis, $14.95, ages 9-12, 176 pages, ages 7 and up, 2010. Get ready, get set, draw! In this whimsical activity book from Holland, children receive coloring assignments designed to tickle their imaginations. In some, they're asked to finish drawings, such as color sweaters onto fish, draw a face around a pair of glasses or draw a line around a grid of d

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7. Bake Sale (a review)

Varon, Sara. 2011. Bake Sale. New York: First Second. (Advance Copy supplied by publisher)

Sara Varon, author of the acclaimed, Robot Dreams, has returned with Bake Sale, a story featuring Manhattan bakery owner, Cupcake, his best friend, Eggplant, and themes of friendship, determination, and self-determination. 

 With humor (imagine Cupcake and Eggplant in the Turkish Bath with Celery and Kosher Salt),


Whoa! Your wrapper is starting to peel!

Oh my gosh!  That's so embarrassing!  We'd better get going!

and with heartfelt expressiveness (Cupcake wistfully watches the band pass by, with Avocado taking his place on drums)

Sara Varon has given us another honest tale of friendship, though one with a cautionary note. We cannot have it all, and through our priorities, we determine what we will have.

Following the story is an illustrated chapter containing "Cupcake's Repertoire," and a delicious repertoire it is! Raspberry Squares, Brownies, Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting, Marzipan, Dog treats, and Peppermint Brownies.

(And oh, yeah, the illustrations of Madison Square Garden are spot on!)

Another winner from Sara Varon!
More reviews @

I think I may be forming a favorable bias towards anything published by :01 (First Second).  Their offerings are top-notch!

*spoiler alert*
I should point out that both of my teenage girls enjoyed this book but expressed disappointment in not knowing the outcome of the Exotic Baked Goods Contest.  As for me, I

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8. Oink! Oink!

Due to popular demand, we held another one of our ever-popular Cupcakes and Crafts classes last week. We had a great turnout and the kids had a wonderful time decorating a pig cupcake as well as a bakery box to take it home in!

Check out their adorable cupcakes:

A special thanks to all our teen volunteers who helped the kids with their decorating!

We will be having more cupcake decorating fun this summer. Keep an eye on our summer newsletter for more details.

Posted by: Amy

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9. Mindy Klasky Tests ‘Reader-Supported Serialized Novel’

Author Mindy Klasky is testing a “reader-supported serialized novel” model with her new book, Fright Court. The author will publish her novel by chapters online, asking for PayPal donations at the end of each post.

Donors will receive a variety of gifts, ranging from a magnet to a personalized signed poster of the Fright Court book cover. Klasky has already published several books through traditional channels.

Here’s more about the book: “Sarah Anderson has found her dream job: Clerk of Court for the District of Columbia Night Court. Dream job, that is, until she’s attacked in the open courtroom by a vampire defendant. And until she’s forced to take self-defense lessons from her boss, the enigmatic vampire James Morton. And until she learns that she can’t share the truth about any of that with her best friend, Allison Ward – even over delectable cupcakes from the Cake Walk bakery.”

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10. Pink Loves Brown

These are cupcakes I made for my kiddo's the other day. I have boys and they just couldn't bring themselves to eat the pink ones. However, eventually the sweet tooth took over and they disappeared. 

more glorious cupcakes...



Call Me Cupcake


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11. Paris - Home of the "Mona Lisa"

This is my take on one of my all time favorite famous paintings....

It's home is in Paris....and I think she loved cupcakes too....

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12. crazy for cupcakes

"Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first." ~ Buttercup Bake Shop

If you think you've been seeing cupcakes everywhere, you're definitely not imagining things. Ever since Carrie and Miranda ate those famous Magnolia Bakery cupcakes on "Sex and the City" back in 2000, everyone has gone cupcake crazy.

photo by yummyinthetummyblog.

Actually, Magnolia Bakery cupcakes had been oh-so-cool as far back as 1996, when co-owners Jennifer Appel and Allysa Torey began to specialize in cupcakes after they made a batch from leftover cake batter and noticed how quickly they were snatched up. "Sex and the City" then turned the Greenwich Village bakery into a tourist shrine, and cupcake specialty shops have been sprouting up across the country ever since.

Magnolia Bakery delectables (yummyinthetummy).

Today's gourmet cupcake is a far crumb from the ones we ate in childhood. They've gone deliciously upscale, made of the finest, freshest ingredients, like Valrhona chocolate, Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla, and European sweet cream. Flavors like lava fudge, ginger lemon, passion fruit poppy seed, and chai latte beg for your attention alongside the traditional vanilla and chocolate. Some are filled with luscious, flavored creams, others adorned with coconut or colorful sprinkles. What do you say to a chocolate liquer cupcake filled with raspberry Chambord cream, topped with white chocolate meringue frosting?

Oo-lah-lah. I'd love to peel off your paper.

Molly's Cupcakes in Chicago offers Cookies 'n Cream, Boston Cream Pie,
and Chocolate Decadence (photo by FriendlyJoe).

So, why are seemingly sensible, professional, sophisticated adults willing to stand in long lines at any time of the day for a cupcake fix? It's mostly about nostalgia. We want a reminder of safer, happier, simpler days -- school birthday parties, picnics, church bake sales, cupcakes specially decorated for Halloween, Easter, or St. Patrick's Day. One of my happiest grade school memories is when my mom was Room Mother, and she ordered cupcakes for our class. No matter that they came from a bakery and that she never baked cupcakes herself -- those cupcakes symbolized everything that was right in my world.

photo of Georgetown Cupcake in Washington,D.C., by M.V.Jantzen

And who can resist them? They're small, cute, perfect, and portable. You get one all to yourself. There are no quibbles about somebody else getting a bigger piece of cake, and there's far less guilt over eating just one little cupcake. They can be decorated in an infinite number of ways to suit any occasion, all celebrations. Bakers, amateur or professional, can go wild experimenting with new flavor combinations. Even in these tough economic times, people are willing to shell out $2 to $4 for a little taste of heaven.

Kara's Cupcakes, Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco
(photo by Steve Rhodes).

Have you ever wondered how cupcakes got their name?

Two theories, both supported by historic evidence, have emerged. First, that in the early 19th century, there was a shift from measuring ingredients by weight to measuring by cups to save time in the kitchen. Cupcakes were sometimes called "number" cakes in those early days, because numbered ingredients made the recipe easy to remember: one cup of butter, two cups of sugar, three cups of flour, etc. 

"Cupcake Makes a Cake!" by cakespy.

The second theory harkens back to small cakes actually baked in earthenware teacups or small clay baking pans, so they would bake faster in hearth ovens. Individual cakes date back to the 18th century; a good example is the Queen's Cake from England, a rich, creamy blend containing currants, lemon zest, and chopped almonds.

Magnolia Bakery interior (photo by yummyinthetummy).

Cupcake mania shows no signs of slowing down, either. While other businesses have been struggling, cupcake shops seem to bustle with business, providing a happy, charming, homey atmosphere, where eager customers walk in smiling, in anticipation of that first bite. And the internet has become that much sweeter with the proliferation of blogs devoted solely to everything cupcake. They feature recipes, taste tests, news about store openings, cookbooks and related merchandise, and offer a forum for cupcake aficionados all over the world to gather and simply talk cupcake.

According to Publisher's Weekly, cupcake mania has translated into ever-emerging batches of cookbooks that seem to fly off the shelves before they've had time to cool. Sellers do not feel the market is yet saturated; in some cases, the mere image of cupcakes on a cover has attracted buyers, even though the book's focus is not on cupcakes. 


Like apple pie and hotdogs, cupcakes are classic Americana, a beloved comfort food. And we all know you shouldn't mess with that. Back in December 2006, a federally-mandated healthy foods plan was enacted in school cafeterias across the country in an attempt to curb childhood obesity. But when the principal at George Mason Elementary here in Virginia tried to ban cupcakes for classroom birthday parties, parents (moreso than kids) were outraged. Cupcakes symbolized the very essence of childhood innocence, and were a traditional and economic way to celebrate. Needless to say, the ban was half-baked and cupcakes gained even greater respect.

         photo by Brian Wible (Stacie Joy for CTTC's photostream).

These days, Jennifer Appel, who claims to have ignited the current cupcake craze, is no longer affiliated with Magnolia Bakery. In 1999, she split from her partner and opened the Buttercup Bake Shop in midtown Manhattan. Her old fashioned American desserts have been such a hit, that she opened a second shop in the Upper West Side, and is now selling franchises across the country. Cupcakes may be small, but somehow they have a magical way of multiplying.

Exterior of Buttercup Bake Shop by M.V.Jantzen

Some of Buttercup's gourmet offerings (photo by robobby).

I can see that a "research" trip to Georgetown Cupcake is in order. Their Chocolate Ganache recently won the Washington Post Cupcake Wars, and has been rapturously described in magazines and on TV. I'll let you know, so stay tuned.

Meanwhile, I'm curious. What's your favorite cupcake? And how do you eat them -- lick off frosting first, just bite in, nibble around the edges?

from Georgetown Cupcake (photo by BrassPotato).


For a list of great cupcake blogs, including Cupcakes Take the Cake, Cakespy, and 52 Cupcakes, click here.

For National Geographic's list of "25 Cupcakeries We Love," click here. (Have any of you been to any one of these?)

Visit MarthaStewart.com for recipes and videos of Cupcake Week.

Don't miss Sweet Cuppin Cakes Bakery and Cupcakery Supplies. Love their designer baking cups.

Adorable cupcake apron at Carolyn's Kitchen!

"Cupcake Walks Pets" by cakespy.

*Cupcakes at the beginning of this post by gemini angel art

"Pure bliss baked daily. Happiness in the palm of your hand. Joy never tasted so good." ~ Georgetown Cupcake

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13. Caterpillars and Cupcakes - now I’m hungry!

At First Book, we tend to notice (and love) all things that are children’s book-related. So it’s really no surprise that one of my co-workers came across this great blog post from Lyndsey at Coco Cake cupcakes in Vancouver, BC.

Tasked with creating refreshments for a Very Hungry Caterpillar-themed 1st birthday party, Lyndsey created the caterpillar himself out of cupcakes! Check out the Coco Cake blog to see all of the photos of the making of the caterpillar party train.

And if you’re near Vancouver, be sure to check out how to order all sorts of unique and delicious-looking cupcakes!

Photo courtesy of : http://www.cococakecupcakes.blogspot.com/

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14. Marx’s Cupcakes

Marx's Cupcakes

For a Socialist, this must be embarrassing.

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16. Finally, a new post AND a new blog

Rosebud Cupcake Number One

I simply can't believe it, I just realized that it's been nearly 2 MONTHS since my last blog post!
I knew it had been a while but truly, really, I had no idea it had been that long!
The Summer has simply slipped by like syrup sliding off a spoon....my studio is piled with finished paintings, and drawings for something hugely exciting that I've wanted to do for absolute ever...even though I have, as always, that feeling that I'm simply not getting enough accomplished.

The light is thinning just a bit... some afternoons, like today, the light, the air looks/feels as though it's whole milk rather than cream, on it's journey to the thin, blue skim milk light of Winter....the occasional yellowed leaf, even a crimson one tucked amidst the others like a rare and precious ruby...it's coming.
More raccoons at dusk, and lately when I'm still up at 3 am, I see them out and about. They're hungry and I've been putting out free, just past the sell by date, donuts! And this afternoon, a pie! Raccoons are mad for pie! Who knew? Watching their elegant slender fingered hands...paws? search about, seeking out the best bits....while gazing about, ever vigilant, is great entertainment.
This evening the Mamma Raccoon and her three children, a male who shows up frequently and several new black masked visitors feasted on cherry pie.There's an apple pie for tomorrow!

So....the new blog, it's called The Occasional Cupcake.......
I am not a cupcake connoisseur, hardly, nor an expert baker or eater of pies, cakes or cookies but I love painting them.....the fanciful decoration, the luscious swirl and curve of frosting, the sweet and indulgent promise of pleasure and / or comfort.
I am painting a collection of small sweet indulgences, there are great plans for them and I am offering them, as well, for sale or license. Please inquire.
Right now there is one, Rosebud Cupcake Number One.
Hopefully there will be another soon. very soon.......I wanted to call the blog The Daily Cupcake and like those admirable artists, paint a pretty cupcake, or a shimmering slice of pie, everyday. I knew however that immediately I'd miss my self imposed deadline as other deadlines clamor and cajole, so I opted for "occasional".

Please visit The Occasional Cupcake, and once there, you can even subscribe to see new posts and new paintings as they come!
Thank you so very much, your support and kind attention are well and truly appreciated!

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17. Birthday Cupcakes!

My friends know I also love being creative in the kitchen. Here are the birthday cupcakes I baked for my sister tonite. MMmmmm!

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In Loving Memory of the Bake Sale

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20. My Visit from the Halloween Cupcake Goddess


   My friends, Alexia and Missy, decorated Halloween cupcakes and used the leftover muffin cups as inspiration for an unusual costume.  Both will join us on Saturday night for some trick-or-treating and handing out candy.  
    Last year, Alexia made good use out of my karaoke machine by turning up the echo and making ghost sounds for visitors.  After the trick-or-treaters went home, we dug into the candy, loaded some CD's and sang Elvis songs for each other.  
    Looking forward to another sugar-fueled Elvis-a-thon this year, too.  Hey, I think we have holiday tradition in the making!

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21. Succulent Saturday - Galleries and Museums...

This week I got to run into Seattle with POBL friend and awesome artist Rebecca Bush for some 'culture'-

We started off at the Roq la Rue gallery - mostly to see the mini show of Eric Fortune (which was unsurprisingly breath-taking. The guy can paint like nobody's business! Click his name above to see these pieces close up.)

Featured at this show was Glenn Barr - although I must say I was more impressed with his painting-on-wood-with-funky-frames than the actual paintings......

Rebecca is also a docent for the Seattle Art Museums and took me to see the Asian Museum, in the very lovely Volunteer Park... (if you look closely, you can see the Space Needle through the hole in the giant Asian donut sculpture. :-))

A smattering from inside:
Super cool Indian relief sculpture... (East Indian angels? Pig gods and Ganesh!)

Dragon riding anyone? (See the fabulous dragon claws in the close-up)

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22. Cupcake

Cupcake by Charise Mericle Harper

Vanilla Cupcake is born after ingredients are mixed together and he is baked in a toasty warm oven.  He is decorated with plain vanilla frosting and then meets all of the other cupcakes that have been decorated in a much more fancy way.  By the end of the day, he is the only cupcake that remains and hasn’t sold.  He bursts into tears and a candle nearby hears him crying.  Cupcake explains what has happened and the plain green candle understands because he has very fancy siblings of his own.  Then Candle has a great idea and hops off to find exactly the right thing to decorate Cupcake.  They try all sorts of things from pickles to pancakes and even a squirrel!  But nothing is quite right.  Just when readers think that Candle and Cupcake will finally figure it all out, there is a delicious twist that will have everyone laughing out loud.

This book is a hoot!  I had worried with its sparkly cover and sweet subject that it might get a bit too syrupy, but just when you think that might happen the humor kicks in and takes the book in a different direction.  Harper’s writing is simple, adding to the humor by its straight-forward tone.  Her art is also simple and graphically strong with its black outlines and pastel colors. 

A book that captures the cupcake craze with a sweet tone and plenty of giggles, share this one at any sweet storytime you may be planning.  Appropriate for ages 3-5.

Reviewed from library copy.

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23. Finishing Touches

We’re putting the finishing touches on our presentations for the Keystone State Reading Association Conference, which begins today.  We’re looking for the fall literacy conference season to begin!  (We’ll be presenting at Literacy for All in Providence, RI and the NCTE Annual Convention in Orlando, FL next month.) NOTE: Cupcakes are from Sweets in the [...]

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24. Linked Up: Margaret Atwood, Curious Penguin, Cupcakes

This week I had the pleasure of visiting the OUP UK office and spending face time with my wonderful counterpart, Kirsty. [*Waves*] In honor of this, we have done a team Linked Up. (Go team!) Enjoy!

Happy Birthday Margaret Atwood! [For Books' Sake]

What better way to commemorate the forthcoming royal nuptials than with some china? [The Guardian]

This genuinely made me LOL. [Hyperbole and a Half]

With only 37 shopping days left until Christmas (I know, I know) here are some gift ideas for the bookworms in your life. [Reading Matters]

The Costa Book Awards shortlists are out. [Costa]

Um…baby dolphin + curious penguin? What’s not to love? [Daily Mail]

Cookie gif! [Simple Life in Tokyo]

Participating in No Shave November? Well keep that beard! Here’s a festive idea. [Dainty Squid]

Windshield rainbow: all the way. [Helmut Smits]

Anyone need cupcakes for their Harry Potter party? [The Love We Deserve]

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25. Gatherings

Does the title of this week's blog sound like a scene from 'Highlanders'? (That excellent movie from the 80's ..) well it might. I started a little group of illustrators and writers on Facebook that gathers in an imaginary snug bar in a Highland Tavern and sits and chats about this and that. So far we are having fun! Never would I have thought that FB could have given me so much pleasure when I joined with such misgivings earlier this year. I have found old friends and made new. It has brought me new business contacts (and work). It has introduced my illustration to folks I would never have normally reached. It picks me up when I am down and even gives me inspiration through my connections with like minded people. It is, in short, a great place to gather. And I for one, in what is sometimes a lonesome occupation, say cheers mate!

Been scribbling away this week ... I did work on the pastel of the HORSE ... here it is ...

I had some great input from, amongst other people, Emma Dryden, who suggested I make the limbs and body of the girl smaller and give her a less cartoony face. I can totally see that, so will be working on those changes. I have more or less completed the whole layout now. I won a free critique at the Virginia City, NV conference with Cheryl Klein, Sen. Ed. at Arthur A Levine (lucky, lucky me!) and I am going to send this to her.  Can't quite believe that for sure.

I have an assignment from my mentor to identify and create mail outs for specific publisher .. which is great, because it is exactly what I need to be doing! I have been doing mass postcards, but targeting specific styles is the way to go.

Also been working on sketches for the Canadian Author ... here are a few samples ... the boy is getting there, but he needs to be more cutesy, so I will work on him when I do the inking.

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