Monster Baker

by Laura Lavoie (Author) Vanessa Morales (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

In this punny picture book with bright and colorful illustrations, an adorable monster learns about determination after a series of baking disasters, perfect for fans of Marigold Bakes a Cake.

Tomorrow is Grandmonster's 247th birthday, and Tillie has a boo-rilliant idea. She's going to bake a birthday cake! But when Uncle Hairy gobbles up Tillie's near-Pierrefect Squirmin' Chocolate Cake, she rushes to bake another.


And another.


And another.


Baking on her own isn't easy, and Tillie makes many mistakes, learning that with a little patience, care, and determination, she can do just about anything. After all, like star chef Pierre du Monstère says, "A baker always rises to the occasion!"

Monster Baker includes a recipe of Tillie's favorite cookies: Chocolate Cherry Scaries!

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Kirkus Reviews

Creative food names contain plenty of giggle-inducing puns, and the bright illustrations add to the fun.... A little patience and plenty of creativity create a recipe for a yummy success!

Review quotes

Laura Lavoie
Laura Lavoie lives in Upstate New York with her fang-tastic husband and daughters, two irritable cats, and several sagging bookshelves. Vampire Vacation is her debut.

Micah Player studied graphic design at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He believes in the power of visual stories to connect people. Micah and his family live in a little house beneath a big tree in the mountains of Utah.
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Guided Reading Level
Roaring Brook Press
Publication date
August 29, 2023
BISAC categories
JUV017030 - Juvenile Fiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Halloween
JUV052000 - Juvenile Fiction | Monsters
JUV050000 - Juvenile Fiction | Cooking & Food
Library of Congress categories
Picture books
Failure (Psychology)
Resilience (Personality trait)

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