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Publisher's Summary

Can Mimi undo the mayhem caused by her baking in this contemporary fantasy retelling of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream?

Eleven-year-old Mimi Mackson comes from a big Indian American family: Dad's a renowned food writer, Mom's a successful businesswoman, and her three older siblings all have their own respective accomplishments. It's easy to feel invisible in such an impressive family, but Mimi's dream of proving she's not the least talented member of her family seems possible when she discovers a contest at the new bakery in town. Plus, it'll start her on the path to becoming a celebrity chef like her culinary idol, Puffy Fay. 

But when Mimi's dad returns from a business trip, he's mysteriously lost his highly honed sense of taste. Without his help, Mimi will never be able to bake something impressive enough to propel her to gastronomic fame.

Drawn into the woods behind her house by a strangely familiar song, Mimi meets Vik, a boy who brings her to parts of the forest she's never seen. Who knew there were banyan trees and wild boars in Massachusetts? Together they discover exotic ingredients and bake them into delectable and enchanting treats.

But as her dad acts stranger every day, and her siblings' romantic entanglements cause trouble in their town, Mimi begins to wonder whether the ingredients she and Vik found are somehow the cause of it all. She needs to use her skills, deductive and epicurean, to uncover what's happened. In the process, she learns that in life, as in baking, not everything is sweet.

©2019 Rajani LaRocca (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Cute story, not really well written

Might be fun for some kids, but the writing is labored and really cliche. Still, kudos for the effort - makes a good background listen if you're doing other things.

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A fun romp

Would be a good bedtime story to read for kids. Fun, adventure, self discovery, confidence and value.

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Scrumptious

I can’t help but use words like delicious and sweet and scrumptious to describe this book. But also that does it a bit of a disservice because it’s so much more. Surface level—very relatable for middle graders who have definitely seen cooking competition shows on TV. Same for the family and friend complexities, showing difficulties but also the positives. And then, then! Shakespeare and ancient Indian lore, complete with Banyan trees and a Shakespeare quoting thespian. So much going on, and deftly handled by an excellent writer.

Wonderful.

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Delightful!

Made baking sound like so much fun! Great story to hear! Excellent narrator! Recommend .

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Very Mischievous and Fun

It was great! I really enjoyed this book! Mischievous and a bit of baking is a great combo!

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Couldn’t finish it

The narrator was so awful I couldn’t finish the book. I really like the Musicraft books by the same author so I’m pretty bummed out but I cannot swallow this narrator. I’ll have to just get a hard copy of it. Glad it was included (free) or I’d be pretty mad.

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Definitely not even close to a studio ghibli

Still story is so slow!!! I kept thinking “oh now it’s going to get interesting”, and it never did, even the climatic end was a snortsville. Nice story but really not excited, nothing memorable, it could have been so good but for whatever reason she took a boring approach and it was very disappointing. I really gave it a good shot too. Wish I had read something else. It was said to be compared to Studio Ghibli, which I love, but this story had little to no magic. If I was the author I would try to rewrite it and try again . I could have been so good.

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Best book for young kids and young cooks

I loved this book as a young chef and it was a wonderful twist on Shakespeare’s novel. This is a great book for all ages.

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Delectable Middle-grade adventure

This was such a joy to listen to. The narration was wonderful, and the story was mouth watering and magical!

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Great all ages story

This audiobook is one of the all time favorites that my son and I have listened to together. He said he ‘admired the author’ for not making the young characters do dangerous things, inappropriate for their age, to move the plot along (ha!). My son and I have a love of Shakespeare in common and a love of retellings in common, so this was perfect. I found it entertaining as an adult too, so it’s a good sharing-with-family book.

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Really good book for pre teens

This is a kind hearted book that insights inspiration in family and cooking. My 11-year old loved it and was inspired to get cooking and adventurous and creative with flavours.