Just Desserts

By Hallie Durand; Christine Davenier (Illustrator)
(Atheneum Books, Paperback, 9781416963882, 190pp.)

Publication Date: June 21, 2011

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DESSERT VS. ANNOYING SIBLINGS WHO’S GOING TO WIN? 

Dessert and her lunch-table buddies have been exposed to a highly contagious disease—The Annoying Sibling Disease. And while it seems like just yesterday that Dessert reigned supreme over Charlie and the Beasties (aka her brothers) now they are ruining her life. If she doesn’t come up with a plan to stop their unruly behavior, it will be the end of civilization as she knows it. Taking inspiration from her classroom study of General George Washington and the winter at Valley Forge, Dessert comes up with a plan to “Let Freedom Ring.” But will she really be able to stop the Annoying Siblings? Or has Dessert bitten off more than she can chew?




About the Author
Hallie Durandhas written many popular books for kids. She was inspired to write Catch That Cookie! By her own son s hard-won belief in magic after his gingerbread cookie scavenger hunt at school. (And yes, he really did ask to lock the car doors!) She lives with her cookie-loving family in Maplewood, New Jersey.

As a young girl growing up in Tours, France, Christine Davenier loved listening to her older sister read fairy tales aloud. But she frequently found herself wondering, "What does the princess's beautiful dress look like? "or "How exquisite are her jewels? "Christine was left to her own imagination, for the books had few illustrations. So it comes as little surprise that today, Christine embraces her career as an illustrator. "I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to create the illustrations I dreamed about seeing as a child," she says.

When Christine was fourteen, she received her first box of watercolor paints, a gift from her grandmother. That was the beginning of many afternoons spent painting together in her grandmother's garden. "My grandmother was an extraordinary woman," Christine says. "Even though she worked in an office all her life, she was an artist through and through. She shared everything she knew about color--in painting and in life. Her wisdom and talent still inspire me today."

She has illustrated many picture books, including "Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen" by Cari Best. She lives in Paris, France.

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