The Cupcake Boy
Illustrated by Amy Belle Elementary School.
Synopsis: The Cupcake Boy” is the story about a boy who makes the most beautiful and tasty cupcakes in the world; however, the villagers take the boy for granted. So disheartened, he leaves his home wondering: “Why should I bake cupcakes for a world that doesn’t love me?
Little Known Fact
The Cupcake Boy is the sequel to Falling Uphill: The Secret of Life.
More about this book: The young students keep adding new levels of fun and inspiration to what I imagine possible. And this time we got hundreds of drawings of cupcakes from tiger flavor to worm flavor. This was a very challenging book for me to write in a kid-friendly manner. In many ways it is a sequel to “Falling Uphill: The Secret of Life” because it is a coming-of-age story about returning home, where the Cupcake Boy learns to see the joy of his labors and learns how to use his passion and the lessons of his "mistakes" to create the life of his dreams, which not only includes cupcakes but a community for those he loves.
Read about the creation of this book.
Acknowledgements: Thanks to the 412 students and their parents, teachers and the staff of Amy Belle Elmentary School for making this book possible. Special thanks to Arma Ezekiel Purdy for her passion and vision to see this project as an opportunity to foster community by seeding new ideas and empowering children with a real-life project. Without Arma this book would never have gone beyond a good idea. Thanks to Principal Maria Kucharski for seeing this as an opportunity to inspire students to live the life of their dreams. And thanks to Laurette Alburg and the rest of the PTA for harnessing the passion of everyone involved and turning it into the nuts and bolts to make it happen.