From Tundra Books: Mr. Dash may not have a pedigree (he can count five different breeds of dogs as family), but from his furry head to his wagging tail, he is a gentleman. His fine manners make him a perfect companion to Madame Croissant. Their life together is graceful and civilized, what with walks in the park, stamp-collecting, and a passion for flowers.
Mr. Dash is also in charge of delivering Madame Croissant’s world-famous cupcakes. All is well until Daphne, Madame Croissant’s rather lively granddaughter, arrives to turn the cupcake world upside down.
In Mister Dash and the Cupcake Calamity by Monica Kulling with illustrations by Esperança Melo (Tundra Books), the follow up to Merci Mister Dash!, Madame Croissant decides to start up a cupcake bakery/delivery service. Madame Croissant (love the name by the way!) is a wonderful baker, especially when it comes to cupcakes, though she is perhaps a tad hare-brained, which is why she needs her faithful pooch Mister Dash to keep her on track.
Mister Dash is a very lovable protagonist and gives this tale about Madame Croissant’s cupcake business some giggle-worthy moments. Mister Dash proves that pedigree is not the same thing as good breeding as he keeps his head and is always a gentleman even when everything thing around him seems to be falling into chaos.
Melo’s vibrant illustrations really bring this story to life. I loved all of the bold reds, yellows and blues.
I would have liked a bit more trouble for Mister Dash. With ‘calamity’ in the title, I was expecting some crazy mishaps, but Mister Dash is always there right in the nick of time before disaster strikes. In his next adventure I would like to see him rise to the occasion after disaster strikes and see how he solves it. I thing this gentile pup can handle it.
A dollop of humour, a pinch of French, and a few nutty characters combined with bold illustrations make Mister Dash and the Cupcake Calamity a winning recipe for a fun read-aloud.
♥ ♥ ♥ (3/5 hearts)
Mister Dash and the Cupcake Calamity also inspired me to take to the kitchen and whip up some cupcakes of my own! Nothing as decadent as those found in Kulling’s story, but still lip-smacking yummy.
This book was generously provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.