FTC DISCLOSURE: I received an Advance Reader’s Copy of this book from the Amazon Vine program in exchange for an honest review.
Bliss by Kathryn Littlewood
Rosemary Bliss’s family has a secret. It’s the Bliss Cookery Booke—an ancient, leather-bound volume of enchanted recipes like Stone Sleep Snickerdoodles and Singing Gingersnaps. Rose and her siblings are supposed to keep the Cookery Booke under lock and whisk-shaped key while their parents are out of town, but then a mysterious stranger shows up. “Aunt” Lily rides a motorcycle, wears purple sequins, and whips up exotic (but delicious) dishes for dinner. Soon boring, nonmagical recipes feel like life before Aunt Lily—a lot less fun.
So Rose and her siblings experi-ment with just a couple of recipes from the forbidden Cookery Booke.
A few Love Muffins and a few dozen Cookies of Truth couldn’t cause too much trouble . . . could they?
The book tells the story of a family of magical bakers. The children, Rose (Rosemary), Ty (Thyme), Sage and Leigh (Parlsey) are left to guard the magical Bliss Cookery Booke and a secret stash of strange ingredients when their parents are called away to cure a flu epidemic in another town. Rose wants to be responsible – to make her parents proud of her. But the temptation to use the magical cookbook is just too great. The appearance of beautiful and mysterious Aunt Lily complicates matters. Rose’s gut instinct tells her Lily can’t be trusted, but unfortunately Rose does not trust her instincts. What follows is a delightfully humorous story about making wise choices and obeying your parents.
What I liked about the book: This is a funny quick read that would be perfect for a classroom or bed time read aloud. Older readers with identify with Rose’s struggle to do the right thing while wanting just a little bit of the magic to make herself special. I even liked Aunt Lily (even though like Rose, my instincts tell me she is not to be trusted.) I look forward to reading more about Aunt Lily and Rose in future books in this series.
What I didn’t like about the book: As a parent, I have to admit that I was a little put off by the fact that the parents just up and leave the children to look after the bakery and the magical cook book with only a somewhat elderly neighbor for supervision. Unfortunately, the neighbor just seems clueless and basically only serves to be a warm body.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I can think of several students who will enjoy this book. I will be ordering it for the library.