Saturday, May 11, 2019

Book Review: Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai

Jingwen was once excited to move to Australia, but that was before. Before his father died in a car accident. A year later, his mom moves him and his little brother, Yanghao, anyway. But now his parents can't open their bakery, Pie in the Sky, as they dreamed. Jingwen's having a lot of trouble adapting especially with the language. It sounds like everyone around him is an alien. And then, just to make matters worse, it seems like Yanghao is starting to learn English and make friends!

Jingwen decides to bake all of the cakes he had baked with his father, that were going to be the cakes in Pie in the Sky. Of course when their mom is at work (at a bakery, of course), they are forbidden from using the oven. But Jingwen knows what he's doing and if Yanghao will just follow the increasingly-length list of rules and stop annoying him, everything will be fine. 

The book isn't a graphic novel, but it half is. It's a hybrid of sorts. Parts of it are very funny, but parts of it made me tear up. The little brother is perfectly irritating as all get out. The technical aspects of the baking are all spot-on--from how they bake so much without their mom noticing the disappearing ingredients, to occasional baking fails. And the relationships in the family are just pitch perfect. It's a lovely, funny, hunger-inspiring novel about loss and love. And cake.

This review is a part of Kid Konnection, hosted by Booking Mama, a collection of children's book-related posts over the weekend.

This book is published by Henry Holt, a division of Macmillan, my employer.

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