Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
The Bake Shop Ghost

The Bake Shop Ghost

Fall 2005 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Jacqueline K. Ogburn
Illustrator: Marjorie Priceman
ISBN: 0-618-44557-9
Hardcover Price: $16.00
All Miss Cora Lee Merriweather's sweetness goes into her heavenly sponge cakes, glistening fruit tarts, flaky strudels, and fluffy meringue pies—so when she dies and her bake shop closes, the town turns out to mourn her culinary rather than her earthly demise. Subsequent shop owners are not as successful when their efforts to run the bakery are beset by curious calamities and unearthly apparitions. But Cora's cranky ghost meets her match the day young Annie Washington shows up and an epic battle-of-the-bakers ensues. Ogburn's language is delicious in this nonsensical confection, and the ending's as sweet as a frosting-rose. Priceman's illustrations, all tilted perspectives, frothy lines, and sugary pastels are, well, the icing on the cake.
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard   ©2005 Parents' Choice
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard is the Coordinator of Youth Services for the Arlington Public Library system. She has taught courses on children’s and young adult literature at the Catholic University of America and the University of Virginia. She has served on both the Newbery and Caldecott Award Committees of the American Library Association and has chaired the Notable Children’s Recordings Committee and the May Hill Arbuthnot Award Committee. She is a member and past president of the Children’s Book Guild of Washington DC and has chaired the Washington Post–Book Guild Nonfiction Award Committee. She is a founding member of Capitol Choices, an organization of professionals in the field of children’s literature in the greater Washington DC area. She regularly reviews children’s literature and audio productions for a variety of national publications.

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