The Great Granny Cake Contest!

The Great Granny Cake Contest! illus. by Joe Berger. 128p. (Hubble Bubble). Nosy Crow. Jun. 2017. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9780763695033; pap. $6.99. ISBN 9780763688493.
Gr 1–4—This latest entry in the series contains three short stories, the first of which takes Pandora, her parents, and Granny on a tour of Creakington Hall, where Granny's boredom leads to the discovery of a secret treasure. The second tale, for which the book is titled, has Pandora and Granny as contestants on a baking contest where magic is not allowed. In the third and final piece, Pandora competes in a school gardening competition, but when Granny gives her carrots a special drink, the whole contest rockets off into mayhem. These episodes will appeal to children; each is complete with chaotic and humorous illustrations. Parents and teachers, on the other hand, might frown on the constant bad behavior, including numerous occasions where rule breaking and cheating go without repercussions. In the second story, the use of the word meringue is sure to cause a stumble for the target age range.
VERDICT Not a first purchase, but an enjoyable entry into beginner chapter books.

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