Lights, Camera, Cook!

Lights, Camera, Cook!

Book - 2017
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Follows Tate, Rae, Caroline, and Oliver, ages nine to eleven, both on and off-camera as they compete in a televised cooking competition. Includes cooking tips.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780544912601
Characteristics: 185 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm
Additional Contributors: Blard-Quintard, Aurelie - Illustrator

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courtws
Dec 31, 2018

This book fell short on plot. There's the contest, yes, but not much else. I also didn't like that this was told from omniscient POV, as we never really were allowed to get close to any single character. I prefer stories told in close personal third myself, so I can FEEL something. It read a lot like the British Bake-off shows that are popular with my teenage daughter, but I find it hard to believe 9-12 year old kids could ever pull off the kinds of think-fast, spur-of-the-moment recipes featured in this show. They just don't have the life experience. But it was an interesting enough and quick read. Bizarre mix of the adult-level baking and the more basic childhood experiences such as gathering eggs on the farm and clipping herbs. But I didn't feel much of anything when one contestant was eliminated. Was I rooting for anyone in particular to win? I didn't get to know them well enough to care. Meh. 2.5 stars rounded up. Will I read episode 2? Probably not.

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darladoodles
Oct 05, 2018

There are so many things to love about this book. When you read it you get a backstage view of a kid's cooking show with production information, personality conflicts and bloopers. Kids who love cooking will get some tips on new things to try and be motivated to get in the kitchen. It was brilliant to make each week in the competition a book. You walk through the week with the contestants all the way through the elimination round. This is why I love to read Charise Mericle Harper's books and recommend them to middle grade readers!

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