Poor Bagel! He dreams of entering the Cherry Jubilee dance contest . . . but no one wants to be his partner! Can he find a sweet-tart who doesn’t think his steps are half-baked? Bagel loved to dance. It made him happier than a birthday cake! And more than anything, he wants a partner who will spin and swirl, tap and twirl with him in the dance contest. But Pretzel sniffs that he doesn’t cut the mustard, Croissant thinks his moves are stale, and Doughnut’s eyes just glaze over. Can a cute cupcake save the day for our would-be Fred clair? Witty and pun-filled, this picture book really takes the cake.
This sweet and delicious book about a bagel looking for a dance partner is pretty cute and has fun illustrations, but it’s just a little too punny for me. I’m usually a big fan of puns, but this book uses one in almost every sentence.
Natasha is best known for her “The Night Before” series that’s based on the Christmas classic, The Night Before Christmas. She writes mostly fiction for young children, but has also published narrative non-fiction. “I like finding little known facts about well-known people and sharing them with kids.” Three of her books have been translated into foreign languages. Natasha has been publishing since 1994 and has more stories in the works. She lives with her cat, Purrsia, in Colorado. She collects squished pennies. Her happy place is being at the beach.
HELEN DARDIK lived many interesting places—including Ukraine, Siberia, and Israel—before moving to Canada, where she lives now with her husband and their three daughters. She illustrates for a large number of clients, including American Girl, the Boston Globe, HarperCollins, Klutz, Parents Magazine, and Penguin UK. When she’s not making her intricate digital illustrations, she makes plush toys, paints with oils, and rearranges furniture. Learn more about her at oneluckyhelen.com.