Bake Sale by Sara Varon

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Cupcake’s life is pretty good. He’s got his bakery, and his band, and his best friend, Eggplant. His days are full of cooking, socializing, and playing music. But lately, Cupcake has been struggling in the kitchen. He’s sure the solution to all his problems is out there somewhere. But maybe that solution is hiding closer to home.

Sara Varon returns with an ageless tale as dreamy and evocative as her break-out hit graphic novel Robot Dreams. At once deeply metaphorical and hilariously literal, Bake Sale is a story for anyone who’s ever looked for an easy answer to life’s intractable difficulties. It’s also a cookbook: Varon includes seven delicious recipes, from classic cupcakes to sugared flower petals to marzipan.

About Sara Varon

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Originally from outside Chicago, Sara Varon now resides in Brooklyn, where she likes to bake, and especially eat, baked goods. Fortunately, she is a runner and recreational boxer, so she gets lots of exercise too. Her other books include Robot Dreams, Chicken and Cat, Chicken and Cat Clean Up, and Sweaterweather. You can find her online at
Published August 30, 2011 by First Second. 160 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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Cupcake pulls double shifts at bake sales to save up enough drachmas to go along with Eggplant—losing his place in the band when an angry avocado takes on a new potato because Cupcake is too distracted—but then hands over the cash when Eggplant loses his job and his funding falls through.

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In a world of anthropomorphized food, Cupcake is a pink cupcake who runs his own bakery and idolizes the culinary work of Turkish Delight, a famous foreign chef.

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