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Maybelle and the Haunted Cupcake

3.51  ·  Rating Details  ·  49 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
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 gettin
ebook, 64 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Jul 31, 2014 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun story of the daily life of a cockroach and her bug friends in a home with an exacting housewife, her husband, and a cat. "chapter book" for later 2nd-early 3rd graders who enjoy reading about bugs having funny/harrowing adventures.

I'll be recommending Maybelle's stories for sure.
Stephanie Tournas
In this installment of the early chapter book series about Maybelle the cockroach, the rules of the game are the same. Maybelle and her friend Henry, a flea, know them by heart. When it's light, stay out of sight; if you're spied, better hide; never meet with human feet. But the desire for delicious treats always trumps those rules for Maybelle. And when the friends meet a visitor, Bernice the picnic ant, it's hard to keep to the program. Bernice want to forage for goodies, and Maybelle does not ...more
Jul 21, 2014 Kellie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First book I've read with a cockroach as the main character. Bernice, the picnic ant creates more dangers for Maybelle, the cockroach and Henry, the flea in the Peabody's home. Pg. 31 " So Maybelle did the only thing a cockroach can do to a cat. She tickled her. She tickled Ramona's tail with all six of her legs. Then she ran back home as fast as those legs would carry her." This series would be great for struggling readers and gr. 2-4.
Kristin Rosenberg
When Maybelle the cockroach wishes for someone to bring her food, she probably didn't mean Bernice, an ant with a head cold. When Bernice tries to help Maybelle by declaring Maybelle her queen, Maybelle quickly learns to be careful what she wishes for. This book is nothing if not silly, and it's whimsical, ridiculous style is sure to enchant young juvenile readers.
Oct 25, 2013 Jess rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juniors, z_13
From the reviews and the fact that the author's from New Orleans, I thought it'd be spicier. If I have to read about a cockroach (yuck. I feel gross right now) she has to win me over. She didn't.

The cupcake isn't haunted. The cover's misleading; the "haunting" is the bugs carrying it from underneath. ho hum.

The character names feel older/dated/longer than a starting chapter book ought to have. Herbert, Myrtle, (Mr. and Mrs. Peabody isn't much better) Sue Ellen, and Maybell? There's a Lady's Ann
Katie Goddard
This book is a fun easy-to-read book for students in grades 1-3! It is about friendship, commitment, and adventure
Karen Arendt
Cute story (apparently the third in a series- I missed the first two). Maybelle is a cockroach who helps out an ant who has a head cold and can't smell her way home. So Maybelle lets the ant hang around. The ant cannot stop working, though, and as thanks for letting her stay, she constantly searches for food for Maybelle (the new Queen "ant"). PRoblems arise when the Peabody's discover the bugs in the house. This would be a fun read aloud during Halloween (the Peabody's suspect a ghost in the ho ...more
Nov 26, 2012 Mandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wishlist
(4.5 stars)

Maybelle the cockroach is trying hard to obey the rules of being a bug, but after seeing Mrs. Peabody's pink cupcakes, she wishes one was brought to the safety of her home. Maybelle better be careful what she wishes for because she soon finds herself dubbed an honorary queen ant, and Bernice, a picnic ant with a terrible head cold is determined to serve her one!
Sharon Lawler
Third in the series and this time Maybelle the cockroach and Henry the flea are joined by Beatrice the ant. Kids who are just beginning to read chapter books will appreciate the short chapters, and there's lots of action to keep the pages turning.
Jul 11, 2013 Martha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Alice Cyphers
Believe it or not, as you read this short humorous story with realistic pen and ink illustrations, you actually begin to root for Maybelle the cockroach's safety along with her insect friends Harry the flea and Bernice the ant.
Marguarite Markley
When Maybelle the cockroach wishes she had someone to bring her dinner instead of always getting it herself, a friendly ant arrives. The big message of this cute book? Be careful what you wish for!
Sep 13, 2012 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short chapters featuring dialogue and action, with illustrations sprinkled generously throughout, are perfect for kids graduating from independent readers to chapter books. Delightful!
Mary Lee
A fun 58-page quick read, or beginning chapter book, with a cockroach and a flea as the main characters. A picnic ant named Bernice makes a guest appearance in this book.
Sep 22, 2012 Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile-nf
Just a cute little story. Will have to find a few more for our school library. Excellent for showing voice and point of view!
Very cute with lots of humor. A great transitional chapter book that's not formulaic.
Nov 28, 2012 Heather rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Nice short chapters with some pictures.
Nov 05, 2012 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good book but is to shourt.
Dec 07, 2013 Alicia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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