A Dash of Magic (The Bliss Bakery #2)

 
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A Dash of Magic (The Bliss Bakery #2)
Age Range
8+
Release Date
February 12, 2013
ISBN
9780062084293
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Rosemary Bliss will do anything to get back her family's magical Cookery Booke. That's why she challenges Aunt Lily to an international baking competition in Paris: If Rose wins, Lily agrees to return the cookery Booke that she stole. If Rose loses...well, the consequences are too ugly to think about. But Lily isn't playing fair--she's using a magical ingredient to cheat. The only way for Rose to compete is for her to find magical ingredients of her own. Together with her long-lost grandpa, his sarcastic talking cat, and a turncoat French mouse, Rose and her brothers race around Paris to find essential--and elusive--magical ingredients that will help her outbake--and outmagic--her conniving aunt. She has to win or the Bliss Cookery Booke will be lost to her family forever. This second helping in Kathryn Littlewood's Bliss series combines hilarious magic and daring adventure to make one delectable reading treat.

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What I liked:
In A Dash of Magic, the Bliss family is trying to get their magic Cookery Booke back, which was so fiendishly stolen by distant cousin Lily LeFay. Lily has been using the book’s recipes to make herself the most popular television chef. Even worse, she has designs on perhaps even the presidency, using her secret ingredient to make everyone obsessed with her. dun Dun DUN. It is the stuff of middle grade nightmares.

In order to get the booke back, Lily and Rose make a wager: whoever wins a fancy French baking competition will get to keep the book. Now, don’t think too hard about how a twelve year old was eligible for this baking competition, because you might hurt your brain. Here, have some Suspension of Disbelief Sorbet. See, it’s TOTALLY fine.

The fun part, though, is that the gang adds some new characters, the grandpa from Mexico and two talking animals. The grandpa from Mexico does answer why Ty keeps using Spanish, but I still don’t find that trait particularly adorable or necessary. However, I love the talking animals just as much now as when I was a middle grader. Gus the cat is delightfully cat-like and reminds me so much of Salem from Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Then there’s Jacques the mouse, who is probably a friend of the rat in Ratatouille. They are my favorites.

What Left Me Wanting More:
A Dash of Magic is adorable and funny. Just remember to have that sorbet, and it’s great. However, I was VERY displeased with the magic ingredient for their flaky dessert, which required obtaining the blush of a queen. Reason? “Queens, yes. They do tend toward flakiness.” EXCUSE ME. Some do, I’m sure, but plenty likely do not. This struck me as sexist and altogether not funny. Why not go for someone’s dandruff? Now that’s flaky, and super gross to put in food, so I’m sure kids would love it.

The Final Verdict:
Sure to delight anyone who enjoyed Bliss!
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