BAKE SALE by Sara Varon (First Second 2011) is a delight. I loved Varon's ROBOT DREAMS and am pleased to see another GN for tweens and teens from her capable hands. Cupcake owns a bakery. He serves coffee and lots of homemade pastries, always searching for something new to try. His best friend, Eggplant, hangs out at the bakery; the two are in a band (other band mates include an avocado, donut, and egg. When Cupcake learns that Eggplant knows the famous chef, Turkish Delight, he begins to put aside money to travel with Eggplant to meet his hero. <471>
Pale, soft colors are the perfect choice for this low-keyed and mouth-watering read. Varon includes recipes so that readers can make some of Cupcake's creations. What Varon is able to do with simple lines and spare dialogue shows mastery of this format.