Bake Sale by Sara Varon
Cupcake runs his own bakery and plays drums in a band with his friends, but lately he's been feeling like he's stuck in a rut. When his friend Eggplant invites him along on a trip to Turkey, Cupcake is motivated to work extra hard to earn the money for a plane ticket. His extra work interferes with band practice, though, and he is replaced by an avocado. Then Eggplant loses his job and can't go on the trip. Cupcake has to decide what to do, and what will make him happiest. Several of Cupcake's recipes are included in the book. Readers who enjoy this book might enjoy Varon's other works with similar themes, such as Robot Dreams and Odd Duck.
Appeal: Food, cute, kids, working hard, friendship
Art: Bright and cheery, anthropomorphic
Text: Simple, conversational
Other: Bake Sale was recommended by the ALA in 2012 as part of any library's core collection of graphic novels.
Awards: Sara Varon won a Parent's Choice Silver Honor Award in 2006 for her work Chicken and Cat.