Tina Cocolina: Queen of the Cupcakes
Pablo Cartaya, Martin Howard & Kirsten Richards
Random House, 2010 (2010)
Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch
his children's picture book is pure whimsy, with an element of sweetness thrown into the mix.
ina Cocolina (even her name is fun to say) goes to the
Gingersnap Academy for Rising Cupcakes
. All of the people in the book are human forms of cupcakes, and while they are drawn to look like humans, they all wear cupcakes on their heads, as in a crown.
ina is worried because at her school it is the
Cream of the Top Cupcake
contest, and she has no idea how to decorate the cupcake on top of her head.
any of the other students at the Gingersnap Academy have their toppings figured out: Carmella du Chocolat has her cupcake decorated in a triple berry fudge swirl, and Candyce Cremiere is wearing a spicy buttercream topping.
ina searches everywhere for inspiration: a peanut butter patch, a weeping caramel tree, a chocolate fudge sauce stream. Nothing is helping, and the contest is only hours away.
er mom comforts her:
Don't worry. Every cupcake finds a topping when the time is right. I'm sure you will find yours.
s in every children's book promoting a message of
, Tina, after much experimenting and trial and error, eventually finds her own unique style.
he illustrations, which are reminiscent of the
characters, are ablaze with color. Delicious-sounding recipes for cupcakes and toppings are helpfully included at the back of the book.
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