Picking up where A Dash of Magic (2013) ended, inimitable Rosemary Bliss pits her baking skills against the Mostess Snack Cake Corporation, which is intent on world domination through bite-sized cakes infused with magical ingredients.
After defeating her nefarious aunt, Lily Le Fay, in the Gala des Gâteaux Grands baking contest and recovering the Bliss family’s Cookery Booke, 12-year-old Rosemary emerges “the most famous baker in all the world.” Now that she's home in Calamity Falls, paparazzi make Rosemary’s life unbearable, prompting her to wish she “never had to bake again,” a wish she regrets when a bizarre new law closes the Bliss Family Bakery. Then she’s kidnapped by Mostess’ owner, Mr. Butter, who forces her to perfect recipes for his snack cakes, designed to enslave America. Determined to undermine Butter’s sinister plan by secretly devising antidotes, Rosemary finds her baking talents sorely tested, even with help from a clever cat, a musical mouse and her zany brothers. As in the earlier Bliss novels, slapstick action revolves around Rosemary’s experiments with outrageous recipes from the Cookery Booke, to the delight of all. Spot art highlights story themes.
Bliss fans will revel in more improbable baking feats, comic action, exaggerated characters and outlandish ingredients in this latest delicious addition. (Fantasy. 8-12)