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This was a sweet family story with enough twists and turns to keep me guessing, even as someone who knows the Midsummer Night's Dream story very well. There are a lot of moving pieces as the main character Mimi aims to win a local baking competition, struggles with loneliness after her best friend moves away, develops new friendships, and her family all start acting very strange as if by magic. The book is breezy with lots of references to delicious sounding recipes and everything comes together in a very satisfying payoff.
The entire book is a delight, with expertly-woven magic and a pervading sense of wonderment, set in the real world. Mimi is immediately likable and relatable, and the entire cast adds to the depth of the novel.
The mystery is fun and intriguing, and the food descriptions are inventive and impossible to read without wanting to try them. Hint: Go to LaRocca's blog for delicious recipes!
The premise--Mimi wants to win a baking competition judged by her idol--will entertain kids (and adults) of all ages. And while no one needs to be a Shakespeare fan to enjoy the book, reading it may just make you one!
Warning: do not read this book if you're hungry (you may end up gnawing a page or three). Midsummer's Mayhem is a delectable romp into magic and, yes, mayhem, that will leave you craving more. I never knew fairies and baking competitions paired well together, but oh, how they do! The illustrations were beautiful, and the recipes at the end were perfect. (Can't wait to test them out!) This book is everything my 9-year-old self wanted and my 39-year-old self gobbled up.
This story made me laugh and cry! All the talk of foods made me want to go to my kitchen and start baking. (And I was pleasantly surprised there were a few recipes included at the end that Mimi created in the book! But this story wasn't just about food, it was about friendships and family. A fantastic read!
Wonderful book for wide age range. My 12 yo son really enjoyed it. His usual books area Diary of a Wimpy Kid and comedies. This had enough humor to keep him chuckling and great plot to keep him engaged. He couldn’t stop reading it!
If you like Shakespeare or baking - or especially both! - you will love this book. With mouth-watering descriptions of desserts (and three recipes in the back) and a fresh, funny take on A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, this is one delicious ride. Kids will enjoy it, and it would make a fun and creative choice for English classes. Warning: this book will make your mouth water.
I'll start by saying my 10-year-old daughter does the type to open a book when she's bored. She does enjoy reading, but we have to push her in that direction. This book is different though. We always find her reading it and she takes it places with her. She gives it a full 5 stars!
My daughters and I would do a chapter every night before bed. We all really enjoyed the story. Our only mutual complaint was that reading about all of the great recipes just before bed made us hungry (not a real complaint, just something we laughed about).