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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  2,375 ratings  ·  319 reviews
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 d
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Hardcover, 160 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by First Second
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Caris
EDIT:

Just made the Peppermint Brownies from the recipe in the back of this book, which earned it an extra motherfucking star. Other authors can take their interesting plots and well-developed characters and shove them right up their snooty asses.

These brownies are fucking awesome. They are, hands down, the best brownies I have ever had. And I am something of a fuckwit in the kitchen, a regular Sarah Palin of baking (as you will see from my tip).

Tip: When making the frosting for the brownies, be
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Nick
Is it just me, or is there something strange and cannibalistic about a cupcake selling zucchini bread to sentient vegetables? Or a package of sugar buying and eating brownies? And we're not even going to discuss the eggplant musician who eats reuben sandwiches...This graphic novel is fascinating, but strange.
If you completely ignore the surreal characters, this is a very sweet [only partially a pun] story about pursuing your dreams and enjoying yourself along the way. Cupcake is a baker who only
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Eve
If you're a lover of cupcakes, then you will likely agree that this book is so stinking cute. It's so fluffy I'm gonna die! The only sad thing is that I can't really tell you what the point of it was—weak story line.

Cupcake owns a bake shop in Brooklyn. He and his friend Eggplant decide to save up for a trip to Turkey to meet Cupcake's culinary idol. In order to do so, he starts experimenting with his usual recipes and selling these goods at different venues. Included are neat recipes for the c
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Wendy
I may have read this in some kind of melancholy mood, or perhaps it's just that I was promised specifically that this book was not sad, but I found it VERY SAD and sort of emotionally taxing. "But I don't understand! What message am I supposed to take away from this book?" I cried out ten minutes after finishing. "You aren't supposed to take away anything," my seven-year-old niece said calmly. "It's just a book about Cupcake and his friend Eggplant." Which is possibly true. But I thought it had ...more
First Second Books
How can you resist a book that's about a cupcake who runs a bakery? Seriously.

This book is delicious and delightful!
Wardah Alramadhan
ILOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH!!!!!
Eva Mitnick
You know those moods you have sometimes, when you feel so fragile and vulnerable that your psyche can be bruised by the tiniest suspicion of criticism? When every new day, hour, and minute just seems like another opportunity to fail?

I don't know of any antidote, but you can alleviate the symptoms for a while with a graphic novel like Bake Sale.

Cupcake owns a bakery, where he creates scrumptious, award-winning desserts. When he's not at work, he plays the drums in a band and hangs out with his be
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Misty
I feel like a dork, but... I want to know if Cupcake wins!!
Sarah BT
I really enjoy Sara Varon's books and her art style (even if Robot Dreams made me a bit sad!) I love her artwork because she really knows how to put emotion into her characters and it makes the story come to life. Sure, talking food isn't real, but I believe it with Sara Varon's art.

Bake Sale is an adorably funny book about friendship. Cupcake discovers that he didn't need to travel far to find the answers he was searching for. The artwork is adorably cute and the story of friendship is a nice
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Tasha
Cupcake owns a bakery and his life has a certain routine to it. Wake up at 6:30 am, head to the bakery, bake, and then open the shop at 9:00 am, work until 4:00 pm, then spend time with his friend, Eggplant. Eggplant is planning a trip to Turkey to visit his family, who happen to know the very famous chef, Turkish Delight. When Eggplant invites Cupcake to join him on the trip, Cupcake has to work hard to make more money and pay for it. As he tries new things, his delight in baking returns. Perha ...more
Katie Bruce
I read this book over my lunch break--well, 1/2 my lunch break; it's short--and upon immediately finishing it, I decided I didn't really like it. A book about a cupcake who sells cupcakes for other anthropomorphic food items to eat?! That's weird! A cupcake who plays drums in a band with an avocado and an eggplant, a cupcake whose best friend is an eggplant? I think I had some trouble getting into these foodie characters. This book just seems to lack the pizzazz and heart that "Robot Dreams" has ...more
Kimberly
This is the story of Cupcake and his best friend eggplant. Cupcakes runs a bakery and plays drums in a band. When Eggplant tells Cupcake he is travelling to Turkey to meet the world famous chef Turkish Delight, Cupcake just has to meet her, too! But he’s not sure how he can raise enough money for his plane ticket. Eggplant encourages him to try other ways to sell his baked goods, and suddenly Cupcake is filled with inspiration – he sells carrot cake at the Farmers Market, peppermint brownies on ...more
Jess
Sep 03, 2012 Jess rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jess by: Robot Dreams & hunt for junior graphic novels
Varon shows life as sweet, lonely, busy, mundane, tricky, & lovely. Yep, sounds about right. Is it too much like adult life? Perhaps, but I like Varon's take on friendship.

The bit where Cupcake replaces his lost cherry with a blueberry hit me.

Two things, thought:
-Is my mind in the gutter or is it incredible odd for two characters to go to a Turkish bath in a kid's book?
-If you're a cupcake, should you bake and sell cupcakes? Aren't you related?

Includes recipes for each treat mentioned in t
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Broghan Schlicher
This book is called Bake Sale and is by Sara Varon. The book is a graphic novel and would be good for kindergarten through 2nd grade. the book is a bit lengthy so the teacher should probably split it up while reading it. At first, reading this book, I was unsure what to think. The book is about a cupcake owing a bakery, but once I started reading it turned out to be a book with a great message. The plot of the story is Cupcake owns a bakery called "Sweet Tooth Bakery." Cupcake becomes very sad, ...more
Natalia
This book is and enjoyable book because it is quirky and charming. This book would be good for people who are quirky and people that like cartoons would like the darling characters. Other people that also might like the book are people that like to cook or bake because this book contains a lot of special recipes that Cupcake bakes. The main character is a cupcake named Cupcake, his best friend is an eggplant named Eggplant. The story takes place in what seems to be earth but in the past it seems ...more
Jennifer
Bake Sale is a delectable delight for all ages. This gentle story of friendship and sacrifice is easy on the eyes and heart, plus has many delicious recipes for friends to try out together. (I know I will be making the raspberry squares!) Varon’s talking food people are just like us, from crabby Avocado to hungry Hard Boiled Egg. YAY for Cupcake and Eggplant, who join the ranks of Bert and Ernie and Beezus and Henry as two of the most memorable best friends of all time!
Kacie Blakley
The cute cover of this fun book really caught my eye. The first and last pages of the book display pictures of real cupcakes with smiley faces on them. What school-age child does not want to read a book that has cupcakes all over the first pages? Cupcake, the main character in the story is trying to raise enough money to travel to meet his baking idol in Turkey, Turkish Delight. So he holds bake sales all over town and his friend Eggplant works at the bakery while Cupcake is busy doing bake sale ...more
Nahid
I saw this book in the graphic novel sections at my library, and thought food characters in a graphic novel about food? Why not?

I love the aesthetics of the book, but I was left with scratching my head.

There isn't room for character development as this is a short graphic novel (a standalone) that I read in 15 minutes. The plot also seems to have trailed off into nothingness. Literally, the end cuts off and I'm thinking, well did the cupcake and eggplant eventually achieve what they wanted?

The n
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jessica
Just about the cutest, sweetest book I have ever read. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes cupcakes and cute illustrations. I enjoyed this far more than Robot Dreams. The cupcake main character in this book is just so lovable.
Becky B
Cupcake and Eggplant are best friends. When Cupcake finds out that Eggplant's family knows the famous pastry chef Turkish Delight, Cupcake is bound and determined to be able to go with Eggplant to visit the family in Turkey. Cupcake quits their band to make extra money. But when Eggplant loses his job, Cupcake decides it's more important for Eggplant to see family, and so Cupcake gives Eggplant a ticket and stays at home. Of course, everyone ends up happy in the end.

Warning: Do Not Attempt to Re
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Jordan
When it comes to teen graphic novels revolving around stories of friendship, Sara Varon has got the genre on lockdown. Robot Dreams was brilliant, and Bake Sale is a worthy follow-up. A cupcake that owns a bakery, and wears a cherry for a hat!

It’s, of course, cute and charming, with a honorable message of looking out for your friends and working hard to achieve your dream. You can’t help but feel good when you finish reading her work -- and I’m not just saying that because she leaves you with r
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Kelly
SO freaking cute.

Full review, along with recipe testing, here: http://www.stackedbooks.org/2011/08/r...
Tamara Mckinney
I liked how the author detailed the running of a bakery and how creative people (or cupcakes) can get in a rut.
Meredith
Yes, I marked a story about talking foods as "realistic." Don't judge me, friends.
Adrienne Furness
A comic about a cupcake who sells cupcakes. Do not miss the hyperactive bag of sugar.
Anna Richland
My daughter continues her run of graphic novel children's books, and she whizzed through this one on her own, reading on the couch. That is my definition of success - it captured her enough to make my very fidgety and constant-motion child sit, bundle up, and read.

She told me one of her favorite parts was when Cupcake loses the cherry on top and replaces it with a blueberry during the parade - so she was absorbing and retelling.

Like Stray Sock Sewing, I want the time to bake the recipes in the
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Rebecca
I loved the illustrations and the story idea was cute, but it felt unfinished. The ending was dissatisfying on many levels for me. I think the other thing that confused me was the audience. This was shelved in the library as a "middle grade" book and is tagged that way here on GoodReads. The illustrations lend themselves to that as well, but the story line and much of the happenings are much more adult. So I think that impacted my reading of it as well. Not that a book *has* to be for a specific ...more
Steph Myers
I thought I loved Robot Dreams, but I think I like this one better. The reading is probably a little challenging for kids, so I would say tweens and older. I mean, how can you not love a book where everyone in New York is a food. Cupcake, the main character is a baker and a drummer. Eggplant is her bestie. They make plans to go to Turkey and the story unfolds from there. I'm not going to say its a complicated plot. Nope. Just cute and fun. Even has recipes! I could see this being a great "turn t ...more
Dana
Not impressed. I just didn’t feel like this book had any real point. The plot was all over the place. There was a weird tangent about Cupcake being in a band, and then not being in a band, and then wanting to be back in the band but having been replaced by a potato… that had no bearing on the main storyline whatsoever. And the main storyline was somewhat engaging, but Varon never quite took each theme/message anywhere. I thought we might get a lesson in “if at first you don’t succeed…” or workin ...more
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