A Dash of Magic: A Bliss Novel by Kathryn Littlewood
Age Range: 8 and up
Grade Level: 3 – 7
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (February 12, 2013)
Source: Author for review (Thank you!)
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
About the Book:
The Heat Is On
Rosemary Bliss will do anything to get back her family’s magical Cookery Booke.
why she challenges Aunt Lily to an international baking competition in
Paris: If Rose wins, Lily agrees to return the Cookery Booke that she
stole. If Rose loses . . . well, the consequences are too ugly to think about.
Lily isn’t playing fair—she’s using a magical ingredient to cheat. The
only way for Rose to compete is for her to find magical ingredients of
Together with her long-lost grandpa, his sarcastic
talking cat, and a turncoat French mouse, Rose and her brothers race
around Paris to find essential—and elusive—magical ingredients that will
help her outbake—and outmagic—her conniving aunt.
She has to win or the Bliss Cookery Booke will be lost to her family forever.
About the Author:
KATHRYN LITTLEWOOD is a writer, actress, comedienne, and bon vivant who
lives in New York City, works often in Los Angeles, and has a sweet
tooth for pain au chocolat and sweet novels for middle-grade readers. The Bliss books are her first novels.
“Readers will savor this latest Bliss family adventure…Fantastic fantastical fare.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
“Brimming with lighthearted fun.” (School Library Journal)
I wish that books like this would get more recognition. While this is by
no means a mind-blowing page turner, it is a sweet, lively story that I
would gladly spend my money on. In fact, I plan to do just that in the very near future. I haven’t read the first book, Bliss,
but since each book is a complete story, they can easily be read by
With no major danger or nail biting suspense, A Dash of Magic relies
heavily on humor and great writing. It is a delicious and laugh out
loud tale that middle grade readers will love. Rose challenges her evil Aunt Lily to a baking competition in Paris. The only problem is, Lily
has the Bliss family’s magic cook book, so Rose will have to get
creative. She and her family spend a week running around Paris
collecting magic ingredients for her baking competition.
I can’t get over what a sweet book this is. The characters are
fantastic. They each have a distinct and quirky personality that shines
through when it matters most. Rose is such a sweetheart, and Ty’s
womanizing attempts are hilarious. Leigh is probably one of my favorite
characters in this book. The different roles she plays will make you
laugh out loud.
There is something to be said for good, quality middle grade books that offer young readers a guilt-free source of entertainment. I really wish there were more books like this. While it is not the kind of book to provide deep insights or hair raising suspense, it is the kind of book that makes you believe in family, happiness, hard work, and maybe even magic. It’s the kind of book I want on my shelves for my own kids to read.
I can’t help but wonder why I haven’t heard more about this series. I am
going to read the first book, and I can’t wait to see
what happens in the next installment. Highly recommended for kids ages 8 and up.
**Bonus: The third book in the series, Bite-Sized Magic is coming out on February 11, 2014 and is available for pre-order!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.