"Priceman's gleeful watercolor-and-ink illustrations capture Cora Lee's ghostly hauntings with all the right swoops and swirls in this sweet story of how generous dollops of perseverance and kindness make the perfect cake." Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Cora Lee baked the best pies and cakes for miles around fluffy meringue pies, flaky strudels, layer cakes, sheet cakes, and cakes with frosting finer than Irish lace. But now Cora Lee haunts the bakery she used to own. When new bakers arrive to take over her empty shop, Cora Lee scares them away, each and every one. Then Annie Washington comes to town . . .
Jacqueline K. Ogburn and Marjorie Priceman combine their talents to give us an enchanting story about a baker's battle and how to unlock the secrets of the perfect recipe and cure a lonely heart.
Jacqueline K. Ogburn, in spite of a lifelong fondness for cake, has never worked in a bakery. Her family's favorite birthday cake recipe is the one in this book. Ogburn lives with her husband and two daughters in Durham, North Carolina.
Marjorie Priceman has worked in an ice cream parlor, but luckily for us, she decided to be a painter. She has illustrated many wonderful books, such as Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin, which was a Caldecott Honor Book. And though Priceman has also written and illustrated a book about vegetables Princess Picky she still considers cake to be one of life's great gifts and necessary pleasures.