Littlewood, Kathryn. Bite-Sized Magic
February 11th 2014
by Katherine Tegen Books
In A Dash of Magic, Rose won a prestigious baking competition and retrieved her family's magical cookbook from the evil Lily. This third book in the Bliss series finds Rose's family trying to cope with the new law that small bakeries can no longer operate. Since the smooth running of their town depends on the baked goods they provide, they decide to give the items away for a while, but Rose is kidnapped by Mr. Butter and Mr. Kerr of the Mostess Bakery. They want her to tweak the recipes of their top five Food Like Consumer Products. It turns out that they are the front line of the Society of the Rolling Pin, an evil organization that is responsible for dental caries and obesity. Mr. Butter wants to make his products so irresistible that people are willing to kill for them. In order to make Rose do their bidding, they kidnap her family as well. With the help of the Mostess bakers, Rose does tweak the recipes, but also makes the antidotes. Is this enough to save her family and escape from the evil clutches of Mostess?
Strengths: I am very impressed by how different each book is. The first concerns the bakery in the small town, the second goes to Paris, and this one takes us inside an evil corporation. This makes me look forward to another book. Lots of fun details about different magical recipes, and Rose is an engaging main character. Even better-- I have a lot of boys loving this series. Very fun and clever.
Weaknesses: Veers into slap stick a little more than I like, but the target demographic doesn't mind this.