Apple Cake by Julie Paschkis
A Recipe for Love

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Synopsis

In this lovely valentine of a book, Julie Paschkis offers young readers a glimpse of the extraordinary world that can be hidden in the simplest of things. Alfonso loves his colorful, magical existence. He also loves the brilliant, beautiful Ida. But Ida, nose in a book, just doesn’t seem to notice. Can he win her heart with a cake of his own creation if the salt is gathered from the deep blue ocean, the butter from the summer sun, and flour like snowflakes from a night sky? An exquisitely illustrated story about imagination for children, but also a wonderful gift for lovestruck adults. (A treasured family recipe for apple cake included!)

 

About Julie Paschkis

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Julie Paschkis has illustrated many award-winning books, including Yellow Elephant by Julie Larios, Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal by Paul Fleischman, and Night Garden by Janet S. Wong. She lives in Seattle, Washington. Visit her at www.juliepaschkis.com
 
Published September 4, 2012 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books.

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Kirkus Reviews

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Alphonse lures Ida away from her book by making a cake for her.

Aug 21 2012 | Read Full Review of Apple Cake: A Recipe for Love

Publishers Weekly

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Paschkis’s whimsical love story tells of lovelorn Alfonso, a beak-nosed man in a top hat and coattails, who cannot get bookworm Ida to pay attention to him. “So he decided to bake her a cake.” The rec

Jul 13 2012 | Read Full Review of Apple Cake: A Recipe for Love

The New York Times

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Two new picture books explore the complexities of expressing and returning romantic affection.

Oct 03 2012 | Read Full Review of Apple Cake: A Recipe for Love

Publishers Weekly

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He finds an egg high atop a fanciful tree, ladles “a tiny bit of salt” from the sea, and stirs in three wishes: “one bitter and two sweet.” Painting on white backdrops, Paschkis (Mooshka, a Quilt Story) offers a lovely, pared-down aesthetic, compared to her heavily patterned earlier books...

Jul 16 2012 | Read Full Review of Apple Cake: A Recipe for Love

City Book Review

There was this boy named Alfonso, and this girl named Ida, and Alfonso is trying to get her to look up from her book.

Sep 09 2012 | Read Full Review of Apple Cake: A Recipe for Love

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