Monday, December 27, 2010

President of the Whole Fifth Grade by Sherri Winston

Reading level: Ages 9-12

Hardcover: 288 pages

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (October 5, 2010)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0316114324
ISBN-13: 978-0316114325

President of the Whole Fifth Grade by Sherri Winston

Gr 4-5–Brianna Justice is good at setting goals and knows what she wants for her future: to become fifth-grade class president and eventually be rich and famous with her own cupcake business and cooking show. She's sure the former is the path to the latter and has been planning her election strategy all summer. When unscrupulous newcomer Jasmine runs against her, the competition takes an ugly turn with both girls trying underhand tricks in order to win. The story begins to resemble a Mean Girls of elementary school as Brianna makes one bad decision after another, turning into a rather unlikable character and nearly losing her friends in the process. She learns from her mistakes, however, and is able to turn both her friendships and the election around.

My Review

 "If You Can't Stand the Heat Get OUT of the Kitchen!"
OK. just writing this review is going to make me hungry. I was craving cupcakes the whole time. Not only does this book have cupcake recipes but a very cute story about Brianna who really works hard to reach her dreams of becoming class president and while making delicious cupcakes. Of course you get the whole drama-girl-meanness from Jasmine, they girl running against her. Let me just say Jasmine needed to be punched. But, it did make the story that much better. Oh, the drama.
I really enjoyed this book because it was funny and yummy at the same time. You can't say that too often about books. Read it. It is a great book for girls not guys. Sorry dudes.

My Favorite cupcake recipe from this book:

*Brianna's Cookbook*
Itsy-Bitsy Wild Banana Bites (Why do you think this is my favorite?)

Miniature cupcake pan
Mini-Cupcake liners

1 box yellow cake mix
2 small bananas
2 tbsp. sour cream

1- 8oz. pkg. cream cheese
3 cups confections sugar
5-6 tbsp. milk
1/2 cup creamed bananas
dash of vanilla

Prepare your pan: The easiest way to do it is make sure your pan is clean. put the cupcake liners in pan. Trust me- it help with clean up and it's just easier. Prepare the cake mix based on instructions on the box. Take the two bananas and sour cream and mash in food processor. Place batter in the cupcake pan then bake according to directions on box.
For the frosting: combine the cream cheese, milk, confections sugar, and a dash of vanilla flavoring in food processor. Gently fold in creamed bananas.
Allow cupcakes time to cool then frost.
If you like bananas like Beck does and I do then you'll LOVE this recipe!


Anonymous said...

I liked this book too. Yum on the bananas.

Anonymous said...

i loved this book i was so sad when my grandma had to return it to the library

Breanna said...

This book is awesome it teaches a great lesson and is a great book

bowlofsherries said...

I love your blog and especially the one about President of the Whole Fifth Grade, because I wrote it. I am so grateful that you enjoyed the book. And the banana bites are my favorite, too. And here's a tip about making the frosting--you don't need a quarter cup of milk, you can get away with a lot less depending on our creamy or tart you like your frosting. Thanks for making me a happy author today. Hmm... now I want to invent more cupcake recipes. Keep reading, Sherri D. Winston

Anonymous said...

I came across your blog while researching the next book for my daughters book club. I purchased copies for all of the little girls in our book club. Sounds like we are going to have an exciting read! I am even more eager to read this book with the girls and very happy with my purchase knowing that the author of the book took the time to post on your blog! That's awesome! Making the cupcakes with the girls while reading the book is going to add an unexpected, yet delicious twist to our club. Thanks for your blog, keep up the good work! (You keep up the good work as well Sherry, I'm happy to support someone that supports their fans in such a personal way! I look forward to reading all of your books with the girls!