Has anyone besides me noticed that “graphic novels” are on the rise? What are graphic novels? Comic books on steroids, as far as I can tell. Except they’re not all super-hero-y or anime. Like this one. Bake Sale is a sweet story about true friendship. It’s about sacrificing something you really want because it’s the right thing to do for a friend.
What did I like best about Bake Sale? I liked the realism. When the cupcake had to give up something he’d worked for months to obtain, he gave it up to enable his friend to do something they were supposed to do together. He fell into a funk afterwards (understandably). And then got himself out of it. I believe that is the reason this book is on the Bluebonnet list for next school year. I can’t imagine why else.
What did I find most confusing? That a pink cupcake with a cherry hat is a male baker. Don’t ask me why, I can’t answer you. Seems like gender confusion, but perhaps Sara Varon is trying to break down stereotypical gender colorization. No clue.
What did I like the least? The story just stops. It’s not a cliff-hanger, it just ends abruptly. So abruptly that both my daughter and I were flipping pages trying to figure out if we missed something (and we didn’t even read it together).
Bake Sale is popular with the kids. It is one of the first ones they grab off the shelf at the library. Will it win the Bluebonnet Award? Only time will tell…
Have you read any graphic novels? Which one? Thumps up or thumbs down?