Written by Monica Kulling
Illustrated by Esperança Melo
Published by Tundra Books, March 12th, 2013
Themes: courtesy, cupcakes, canines, calamity
Madame Croissant had a secret cupcake recipe. Croissant cupcakes were famous all over Europe, especially in France. She wanted them to be famous in North America too.
Madame Croissant, a renowned French cake-baker, desires greater fame for her scrumptious cupcakes and throws heart and soul (and her dog and granddaughter) into her culinary goal. She creates her own bakery, Cupcakes à Go Go, buys the delivery van, and, most importantly, solicits help from her charming and courteous canine companion (whose pedigree includes five different breeds). Mister Dash is a little unsure about his new role and outfit, but being the faithful dog he is, participates without complaint.
The orders pour in and the endeavour seems set to succeed until Mme Croissant’s granddaughter, Daphne, insists on helping in the kitchen. Well, I’m sure you know about all the HELP little hands can offer in the kitchen! And it’s up to the kindness and quick-thinking of Mr Dash to prevent a very sticky disaster both in the kitchen and in the delivery van, to ensure all the mayor’s cupcakes arrive in tact and on time.
Why I like this book:
Hot off the press (last week) and out of the oven, this sequel to MERCI MISTER DASH is going to delight little bakers and dog-lovers entirely. Why yes, I am a little biased by the french flavor of this book! J’adore the French scattered through the text, just enough to give it some gallic flair and introduce a few french words to little ones, and not enough to jar at all in what is a superbly fluid read-aloud. The story is bouncy and colorful, as are the bright acrylic illustrations by Melo. Mr Dash’s character is winsome and original in its level of courtesy for a dog. My favorite scene is Mr Dash in disguise (très French), trying and failing, to slip away before Daphne and Grandmère embroil him in their plans. Humour spills through all the pages like scrummy dripping frosting and I suspect most readings will end up with a trip to the kitchen cupboards and recipe books.
Here are some easy cupcake recipes to bake at school or at home.
And some more here from Kidspot Kitchen because I just love monster cupcakes!
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