Great new release! Cupcake Cousins by Kate Hannigan

12 May

Happy Children’s Book Week!


It’s time to celebrate kid’s books!

I have a great one to tell you about today! πŸ™‚

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by Kate Hannigan
Illustrated by Brooke Boynton Huges
288 pages – ages 8+
Published by Disney-Hyperion on May 13, 2014

Summary – Willow has found a new enemy – the frilly bubble gum pink flower girl dress she’s supposed to wear at her Aunt Rosie’s wedding. Usually Willow can’t wait to get to her families’ summer vacation spot on the shore at Lake Michigan, but this year she is distracted by the pink poofy mess of a dress. Willow is looking forward to seeing her favorite cousin, Delia (the other flower girl in the wedding) though. Delia is as horrified by the dress as Willow is, but they can’t hurt Aunt Rosie’s feelings and tell her they don’t want to wear the dresses (after all they are too old to be flower girls!). They hatch a plan to wow Aunt Rosie with their baked goods so Aunt Rosie will want them in the kitchen during the wedding and not in the horrible dresses.Β 

Willow soon finds that her troubles are more than a dress. The summer houses’ new cook has thrown the girls out of the kitchen,Β  Delia’s father has lost his job and her parents aren’t getting along, and she keeps getting blamed for the trouble her little brother gets into. Put all that along with a couple of snooty older sisters making the girls feel bad about themselves and Willow isn’t sure how to save this summer.

What I thought – This book has an awesome first line –

“Willow scowled at the flower-girl dress like it was growing in a patch of poison ivy.”

This story is about a lot more than just a girl trying to get out of wearing an ugly dress (I don’t think I would have liked this book so much if it was). The story is about all the things kids have to deal with in everyday life-like getting into trouble for doing something you didn’t mean to do or didn’t do, or siblings who you don’t really get along with. or parents not getting along. What is nice is that Ms. Hannigan writes about all the difficult stuff in families but shows how much the family cares about each other too. There is evenΒ  a little mystery thrown into the story having to do with a rickety old house next door. I thought Ms. Hannigan’s writing style flowed well and she wrote about very believable characters. It was nice that Ms. Hannigan included Delia’s family as being multicultural. Willow was a great main character who you really care about. Willow’s little brother’s (and his big dog’s) trouble-making added some humor to the story (and I always like humor). There are very nice pencil sketches throughout the book (a few in each chapter) by Ms. Hughes that went well with the story. There are also all kinds of recipes scattered in the book (if the chapter dealt with the girls making something – there is a recipe for it). That will be fun to try some of them out. At 288 pages the book gives a young advanced reader a great story to get involved in. I think older kids will enjoy learning about this family too.

Five out of five bookworms for Cupcake Cousins! fivebooks

Mark your calendars – this book gets released tomorrow!

To learn more about Ms. Hannigan, please visit her website HERE.

To learn more about Ms. Hughes, please visit her website HERE.

38 Responses to “Great new release! Cupcake Cousins by Kate Hannigan”

  1. Angela Brown May 12, 2014 at 7:53 am #

    With all the various things going on with this story, it sounds like it’s sure to please any reader, whether a boy or girl. Thanks for the review.


    • stanleyandkatrina May 12, 2014 at 9:05 am #

      I agree with Angela. Happy Children’s Book Week, Erik!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 12, 2014 at 6:37 pm #

      It is a really good story. I think you’re right – boys or girls would enjoy it. πŸ™‚


  2. Robyn Campbell May 12, 2014 at 9:22 am #

    Happy Children’s Book Week back atcha! What a great book. Sounds like a lot of fun, ErIk! That first line makes me want to buy book for sure! And Willow sounds like my kinda gal. πŸ™‚ Now I need a cupcake. Or a donut.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 12, 2014 at 6:38 pm #

      OOOOO! I forgot to mention the recipe for Woopie pies! They are my FAVORITE and there is a recipe in the book for them! I have to try it out. Have you ever had a Woopie? Even better than a donut! πŸ˜€


  3. Susanna Leonard Hill May 12, 2014 at 10:40 am #

    This book sounds wonderful, Erik! Exactly the kind of book I would have loved when I was a kid, and one I’ll probably read at some point now even though I’m not πŸ™‚ I think my niece would really like it! How can you not love a book with Cupcake in the title? Thanks for sharing.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 12, 2014 at 6:40 pm #

      The story is a really good read Ms. Hill. I think you and your niece would like it! πŸ™‚


  4. Darlene May 12, 2014 at 1:30 pm #

    This sounds like a great book! I love the idea and can relate to the ugly dress part. (It happened to me once) I wish Kate Hannigan all the best with her launch.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 12, 2014 at 6:41 pm #

      Maybe Amanda can wear an ugly dress! πŸ˜‰ Thanks Ms. Foster!


      • Darlene May 15, 2014 at 12:17 am #

        I was so upset about having to wear an ugly dress, I don’t know if I can make Amanda go through that. I never made my daughter wear an ugly dress – ever.


      • thiskidreviewsbooks May 16, 2014 at 5:07 pm #



  5. Catherine Johnson May 12, 2014 at 2:00 pm #

    This sounds fab, Erik! I can’t wait to read it. You are so good at reviews :0)


  6. Joanna May 12, 2014 at 2:49 pm #

    Almost 300 pages, that’s pretty long for a MG book. That opening line is a cracker. Great review!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 12, 2014 at 6:42 pm #

      The pictures and recipes break up the text but it is a good length story for a kid who is looking for a good read. When I read the opening line I was hoping the rest of the book was that good… and it was! πŸ™‚


  7. Joanne Fritz May 12, 2014 at 6:55 pm #

    This sounds adorable, Erik. Glad to hear you liked it and it wasn’t too “girly”. Happy Children’s Book Week to you too!


  8. Genevieve Petrillo May 12, 2014 at 8:52 pm #

    For some strange reason, I LOVE the title of this book! Hmmmm…

    Love and licks,


  9. itsybitsymom May 12, 2014 at 9:50 pm #

    Yum! Cupcakes!


  10. Patricia Tilton May 12, 2014 at 11:27 pm #

    I agree — great hook for the opening of a book. Sorry I haven’t been around much to comment, but just returned from two weeks of vacation. Read your book. So much better in my hands than looking at pdf. I really liked it. I was impressed with how much you knew about writing something with a little more depth to it.


  11. Jilanne Hoffmann May 13, 2014 at 2:48 am #

    Excellent review! It sounds like a great book, and I love the opening! Makes me itch just thinking about it. πŸ˜€


  12. writersideup May 13, 2014 at 10:49 am #

    Erik, I agree—that IS a great opening line πŸ˜€ But what I’d like to know is why they are called the “Cupcake” Cousins! Great review, Zor πŸ™‚


    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 14, 2014 at 7:30 am #

      They like to bake and that’s there whole plan as how to get out of wearing the dresses. They want to bake for the wedding instead of being in it. πŸ™‚


  13. Sam May 13, 2014 at 7:50 pm #

    I was lucky enough to score a review copy of this one and I loved it too! Willow and Delia are too sweet. Great review!


  14. Sherrie Petersen Books May 13, 2014 at 9:46 pm #

    I’m always a sucker for a good first line πŸ™‚ Looks like a fun book!


  15. Stephanie@Fairday's Blog May 13, 2014 at 10:46 pm #

    What a great first line! Sounds like an excellent story and I love the name Willow. πŸ™‚ Great review! Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚


    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 14, 2014 at 7:32 am #

      The grandparents in the story were florists so a lot of the characters had flower names. πŸ™‚


  16. readingwithrhythm May 20, 2014 at 12:21 pm #

    288 pages! Yikes! But it looks pretty good anyway. And if it gets 5 bookworms it must be pretty special!!


  17. Myra GB June 9, 2014 at 11:16 am #

    I love how you have such an expansive reading list. It does sound like a pretty long novel, but I’m sure it was a quick read for you. πŸ™‚


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