The Worldwide Dessert Contest

Dan Elish, Author, John Steven Gurney, Illustrator Orchard Books (NY) $13.95 (206p) ISBN 978-0-531-05752-0
A little bit of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with a dash of Homer Price's donut maker, this novel pays homage to the longstanding rapport between children and sweets. John Apple longs to win the Worldwide Dessert Contest, but all his delicious desserts have a penchant for changing into something else at the last minute. The way he overcomes this difficulty and takes first place involves a search for the greatest chef in the world, the defeat of the thieving title-holder of the contest and a run-in with a judge who has, thanks to John, a caramel apple bonded to his cheek from their last encounter. Elish writes with a sure hand of this sugary world, his tongue squarely in the area of his sweet tooth. For his ability to praise desserts in an endlessly original fashion, he deserves a blue ribbon. A Richard Jackson Book. Ages 9-11. (May)
Reviewed on: 06/03/1988
Release date: 06/01/1988
Paperback - 978-0-553-15820-5
Hardcover - 206 pages - 978-0-531-08352-9
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