Kylie Jean needs money, so she decides to start selling cupcakes. But
her doggie cupcakes can fund a really important cause—helping orphan
dogs at the shelter!
From the Kylie Jean series.
Hardcover: 112 pages
Publisher: Picture Window Books (February 1, 2013)
My Thoughts on Kylie Jean, Cupcake Queen:
Kylie Jean, Cupcake Queen is a cute, girly book aimed at early readers. Short chapters and large printing make this an easy read, perfect for kids just starting out.
There is an entire series based around Kylie Jean, but you don’t need to read them in order, because it is not a continuous story. Each book can stand on its own. There are a couple of pages in the beginning where Kylie tells you everything you need to know about her.
With a touch of southern flair, this simple plot is based around the love of good food and helping others. I really enjoyed the way Kylie’s mother encourages her to go into business and teaches her about investing in your business and calculating profits. This is a good book for girls to see that they can (and should) try new things and learn new skills.
There is a glossary in the back for some of the bigger words that kids might not know, as well as discussion questions, activities, and a cupcake recipe. I loved those additions to the book.
The beginning was a little slow, and there were some points where I wondered if the author was just trying to fill a word quota. But for the most part, this was a really cute story with a good message.
The Illustrations: Outstanding! I have always loved Tuesday Mourning’s artwork, and this was no exception. She has a simple style that lends itself beautifully to this girly story.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
About the Author:
Marci Bales Peschke was born in Indiana, grew up in Florida, and now lives in Texas, where she is a librarian. She has lived in three haunted houses, but now lives with her husband, two children, and a feisty black and white cat named Phoebe. She loves reading and watching movies.
About the Illustrator:
When Tuesday Mourning was a little girl, she knew she wanted to be an artist when she grew up. Now, she is an illustrator who lives in South Pasadena, CA. She especially loves illustrating books for kids and teenagers. When she isn’t illustrating, Tuesday loves spending time with her husband, who is an actor, and their two sons.