Friday, January 13, 2012

Book Beginning & Friday 56: The Worldwide Dessert Contest by Dan Elish

Happy Friday everybody!!
Book Beginnings

Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Katy at A Few More Pages 
Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you're reading. 
If you like, share with everyone why you do, or do not, like the sentence.

The Friday 56
  • Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
  • Turn to page 56.
  • Find the fifth sentence.
  • Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of Freda's Voice
  • Post a link along with your post back to Freda's Voice
Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

Next on the review stack is The Worldwide Dessert Contest by Dan Elish. I was sent the enhanced mulitmedia edition of this book even though I am not sure what makes it enhanced or multimedia. Hopefully it will become clear as I read it. Here is the product description:
What's funnier than a pie in the sky? A pie in the face!

How the pie gets there - along with three other pies flying in V formation during the twelfth annual Worldwide Dessert Contest - is a double scoop of a story.

It begins with John Applefeller, the annual last-place finisher in the celebrated event that every July draws hundreds of international dessert chefs to compete for the coveted Silver Spoon (and to compete against Sylvester S. Sweet, the self-proclaimed King of Dessert, who always wins).

There's something fishy about Sweet's success, but only Josiah Benson, the Worldwide Dessert Contest janitor, seems to know what's up. And who listens to him? Certainly not the four judges, experts on ice cream, sugar, cakes, and dessert history.

Stanley listens, Applefeller's ten year old assistant, who has helped his boss with his newest and most original contest entry - the world's largest apple pancake. If it weren't for Stanley, Applefeller - and you - would never journey in an apple-souffle balloon to the island of Iambia, or meet Captain B. Rollie Ragoon, the dessert-making genius who has his own reasons for suspecting Sweet of sour deeds, or discover how important heart is to winning.

"The Worldwide Dessert Contest: Enhanced Multimedia Edition" features all the text of the 1998 Orchard Books release, as well an original musical score from the play that the book inspired. Read the story, then click on a link to listen to the companion songs in this cutting edge, one of a kind, 21st Century children's fantasy novel from Alina Adams Media!
John Applefeller of Appleton loved desserts.

Especially apple desserts.

Friday 56 (taken from the 42% mark on my Kindle):
"Hoppin' hogwater. It's good to see you!" Josiah exclaimed. The two men embraced and then shook hands warmly.


  1. I am having a giveaway for this one!

  2. Who doesn't love a great apple desert? (Now you've got me hungry :-) ). Sounds fun!

    Here's mine:

  3. dessert, yes please! sounds like a fun read!


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