Rabbit Cake

Rabbit Cake

Large Print - 2017 | Large print edition.
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Twelve-year-old Elvis Babbitt has a head for the facts: she knows science proves yellow is the happiest color, she knows a healthy male giraffe weighs about 3,000 pounds, and she knows that the naked mole rat is the longest living rodent. She knows she should plan to grieve her mother, who has recently drowned while sleepwalking, for exactly eighteen months. But there are things Elvis doesn't yet know--like how to keep her sister Lizzie from poisoning herself while sleep-eating or why her father has started wearing her mother's silk bathrobe around the house. Elvis investigates the strange circumstances of her mother's death and finds comfort, if not answers, in the people (and animals) of Freedom, Alabama. As hilarious a storyteller as she is heartbreakingly honest, Elvis is a truly original voice in this exploration of grief, family, and the endurance of humor after loss.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2017.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781432838416
Characteristics: 403 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.


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Dec 12, 2019

Wonderful. All the characters believable and likable, if somewhat odd and quirky. No cheap shots, no easy endings, no neatly tied up packages.

And now, off to Amazon to order a rabbit cake mold.

Jul 24, 2019

Sleep walking, dark humor, naked mole rats, and cakes baked in the shape of rabbits. Loved this one for the "indie" vibe- could totally see this as a movie!

CMLibrary_KimUC Jul 02, 2018

Follow Elvis Babbitt, a wise and precocious 12-year-old, as she works her way through an 18-month calendar of grief after the loss of her mother. She finds comfort not only in books but also in her dysfunctional family, her dog Boomer, and the animals she helps take care of at the local zoo in Freedom, Alabama. Filled with humor, love, truth, and a thousand rabbit cakes, this story will entertain with a few tears and a lot of laughs.

Jul 28, 2017

I wish I knew Elvis! I wanted to help her find out what really happened to her mother and I wanted to comfort her. A darkly-comic, quirky, original story about grief and loss and love.

Jul 08, 2017

THIS. BOOK. WAS. SO. CUTE. AND. DARK. AT. THE. SAME. TIME. Great way to start a review, right? Off the bat we are introduced to 10 year old Elvis Babbit (named after the King of course) and her family has a tradition of baking rabbit-shaped cakes for every little thing worth celebrating from birthdays to the Summer Solstice. Off the bat we learn that Elvis and her sister Lizzie's mother died tragically by drowning in her sleep- due to her sleepwalking into the lake. Lizzie also suffers from sleepwalking, which becomes a great challenge as her mental illness worsens throughout their grieving process.

Meanwhile, Elvis is obsessed with trying to properly grieve her mother while at the same time understand and solve what she deems as not an accidental death. We follow Elvis and her family over the course of 18 months (the typical period it takes to grieve a lost loved one) and their challenges, adventures, and rabbit cakes made. Where the humor lies is in the quirkiness of Elvis and her quest for knowledge and her father's peculiar grieving strategies. Where it gets dark is Elvis tries to attribute many theories as to how and why her mother passed away- everything from her mother died accidentally to suicide.

I really enjoyed this one for it's "indie" vibe- I would totally watch this as a film done in the style of Little Miss Sunshine or something similar to it. The focus on the character rather than the plot is a big one in this, so readers who are here for plot may be turned off by this one. Rabbit Cake is quirky, darkly humorous, spastic, and awkward and I loved it.

Jun 08, 2017

I really enjoyed this quirky, touching, fun, real, book. I love the narrator and how she tells her story and the story of her family. A great read beginning to the end. Fell in love with all the characters, especially Elvis, the narrator, whose wisdom at age 11 we could all benefit from.

May 27, 2017

Such a sad, touching book about a girl whose mother drowned. Sent to the school counselor to help her deal with her grief, Elvis (yes, she is a girl) is troubled by the time frame that each step of her grief is supposed to take. She ends up with a copy of DSM for Kids! Although I’m not a psychologist, I am an elementary school teacher and I know about that book. Add a dysfunctional family—a dad who wears her dead mom’s clothes because it makes him feel better and an older sister who ends up in a mental hospital for her violent sleepwalking, you’ve got quite a story. And the rabbit cake, a three-dimensional cake pan used for birthday cakes proves to be a member of the family as well.

SnoIsleLib_ConiH May 21, 2017

You will not soon forget Elvis Babbitt, the young narrator of this story. She is grieving the unexpected death of her mother and trying to keep her small family together. She is smart, witty, determined, and wise beyond her years.

May 15, 2017

What a wonderful read this was from beginning to end. Amazing storytelling from an 11 year-old perspective. A young girl with a wry sense of humor and a brilliant mind.

Apr 28, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's a lighter read than what I'm use to, so it was refreshing to try something different. I found myself laughing out loud at a few moments in this book.


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