Baking a fluffy pink cupcake is awesome, but wearing a dress that looks like one? No, thank you! Cousins Willow and Delia can’t wait to spend a week vacationing together with their families. Their aunt is getting married, and Willow and Delia are hoping their tasty baked goods will be enough to get them out of being flower girls in the wedding.

But with a mischievous little brother, a bacon-loving dog, and a misbehaving blender in the mix, their treats don’t exactly turn out as planned. When a real emergency threatens to ruin the wedding, will their baking skills be enough to save the day?
Baking a fluffy pink cupcake is awesome, but wearing a dress that looks like one? No, thank you!Cousins Willow and Delia can’t wait to spend a week vacationing together with their families. Their aunt is getting married, and Willow and Delia are hoping their tasty baked goods will be enough to get them out of being flower girls in the wedding.

But with a mischievous little brother, a bacon-loving dog, and a misbehaving blender in the mix, their treats don’t exactly turn out as planned. When a real emergency threatens to ruin the wedding, will their baking skills be enough to save the day?

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* review copy received  for an honest review*

I love middle grade, but I don’t usually read the books targeted towards the younger end of the spectrum anymore. Still, I definitely wanted to review this one because I thought it looked adorable. And it is!

Willow and Delia are such fun characters! The situations they manage to get themselves into can be very entertaining,and frequent enough to make a great story.   Their voices were true to their ages as well, and I believe that’s a very important element in a successful middle grade novel! I remember when I was 7/8 years old and everything seemed like a big deal, just like how Willow fusses over having to wear a pink bridesmaid dress.

I loved the themes in Cupcake Cousins. While many of the issues are lighter, this novel also deals with relatable topics like divorce. I also enjoyed that it was more multicultural, more like our world today. Delia and her family are African-American, while Willow is white.

For kids who like baking, there are easy-to-make recipes scattered throughout the novel. I loved them! I am not a very good chef (seriously, if you let me into your kitchen alone, you’d better have good insurance!) but I would love to try some of these treats. Particularly the cupcakes… *licks lips* I love food.

To sum it all up, I really enjoyed this novel. It was honest, humorous and sweet—three things I know middle grade readers love. It actually reminded me of the Ivy and Bean series I loved when I was younger. I am giving Cupcake Cousins 4 stars! If you know any kids (ages 7-10) who might enjoy this, I recommend buying it for them!

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2 Comments on Book Review: Cupcake Cousins by Kate Hannigan

  1. Cait
    April 27, 2014 at 9:00 am (3 years ago)

    Aw, this sounds super sweet. I love it when authors hit 100% perfect in the voices for the narrator’s particular age. :)) That’s the best! I probably would have enjoyed this when I was little, because, who are we kidding? I LOVE FOOD.

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    • Sam
      April 27, 2014 at 12:40 pm (3 years ago)

      YES, FOOD! If I were a couple years younger, this would have been a favorite. Cupcake Cousins is really sweet!

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