Happy Birthday Cupcake! by Terry Border; Philomel, $17.99, 32 pages, ages 5-7. (July 7)
Fans sweet on Terry Border’s previous children’s book, Peanut Butter and Cupcake, will jump for sugary joy with his latest confection, where Cupcake attempts to plan her birthday party. Her pal Blueberry Muffin rejects every one of her ideas – a boat party might lead to a seasick Soup, Donut might melt at the beach, and poor Hamburger doesn’t much care for makeover parties. The Bent Objects creator spared no sprinkle in the making of this book: Scenes of melted pastries and confetti-strewn landscapes are an unbridled ode to gustatory satisfaction. Health nuts may balk, but Border’s book is unapologetically fun and wacky – just right for carefree summer reading.