Apple Cake (Hardcover)

A Recipe for Love

By Julie Paschkis

HMH Books for Young Readers, 9780547807454, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 4, 2012

List Price: 16.99*
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In this lovely valentine of a book, Julie Paschkis offers young readers a glimpse of the extraordinary world that can be hidden in the simplest of things. Alfonso loves his colorful, magical existence. He also loves the brilliant, beautiful Ida. But Ida, nose in a book, just doesn’t seem to notice. Can he win her heart with a cake of his own creation if the salt is gathered from the deep blue ocean, the butter from the summer sun, and flour like snowflakes from a night sky? An exquisitely illustrated story about imagination for children, but also a wonderful gift for lovestruck adults. (A treasured family recipe for apple cake included!)

About the Author

Julie Paschkis has illustrated many award-winning books, including Yellow Elephant by Julie Larios, Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal by Paul Fleischman, and Night Garden by Janet S. Wong. She lives in Seattle, Washington. Visit her at

Praise For Apple Cake: A Recipe for Love

"A story that exudes a pervasive sense of magic and underscores how far one gladly will go in the name of love."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Sweethearts of any age will celebrate the joy of love and shared simple pleasures."—Kirkus

"The fine detail in the fantastical gouache-and-ink scenes demands close-up viewing--and possibly a post-storytime treat."—Booklist
"This story is a celebration of the imagination and should spark discussions about solving problems creatively."—School Library Journal

"There's a genuine sweetness to Julie Paschkis's story."—New York Times Online

"The simple text conveys the power of love and imagination. . . Absolutely enchanting."—