Lights, Camera, Cook! (Next Best Junior Chef, #1)
A zesty series for fans of MasterChef Jr. and Kids Cook-off! It's “lights, camera, cook!” for four tween contestants—energetic Tate, charming Rae, worldly Caroline, and hyper-competitive Oliver—who are all about to enter a televised cooking competition.      What will the kids cook up? How will they all get along on- and off-camera? Which junior chef will have the grit—and maybe the grits—to make it through each challenge? And which junior chef will have to hang their apron up for good?      Bonus: Includes real cooking techniques for the aspiring young chef!

Lights, Camera, Cook! (Next Best Junior Chef, #1) Details

TitleLights, Camera, Cook! (Next Best Junior Chef, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 18th, 2017
PublisherHMH Books for Young Readers
ISBN0544912608
ISBN-139780544912601
Number of pages192 pages
Rating
GenreChildrens, Food and Drink, Food, Realistic Fiction

Lights, Camera, Cook! (Next Best Junior Chef, #1) Review

  • Mehsi
    January 1, 1970
    Get Ready, Set, and BAAKKKKEE!Welcome to the Next Best Junior Chef, a book I was really looking forward to and a book that certainly delivered. It was almost a 5+ star, but due to a few little things 5 stars is all I can give at the moment (which is still awesome). I just love shows like the one written in this book. I have seen quite a few and they are always so much fun. Though the one in this book was slightly different. Not only was this one taking place over a week, but it also yielded fiel Get Ready, Set, and BAAKKKKEE!Welcome to the Next Best Junior Chef, a book I was really looking forward to and a book that certainly delivered. It was almost a 5+ star, but due to a few little things 5 stars is all I can give at the moment (which is still awesome). I just love shows like the one written in this book. I have seen quite a few and they are always so much fun. Though the one in this book was slightly different. Not only was this one taking place over a week, but it also yielded field trips (so much fun!), mini-challenges, one big competition, private lessons (I would love one as well), chances to win gadgets for the kitchen (I know what I would pick), and much more. We have 4 characters, and I will list them in order of like/love. First up: Rae! My favourite girl. I just loved how normal she stayed even though things got very competitive. I also didn't get why everyone was hating on her for saying those things about Oliver. I was agreeing with Rae. He didn't really save her, he just caught her. Plus it was refreshing that she didn't fall for Oliver's charms like everyone else seems to do in this book.It was fun to read about her grandma and her cooking up a storm and how that has formed her to participate in this challenge.Second: Charlotte. Yep, another girl, but she was so sweet and fun, and I loved how she immediately wanted to be friends with Rae. You don't often see that happen in these kind of events, so I was really delighted. Plus I loved her cooking (she made some interesting things), and she wanted to show her mom that she could cook without her looming over her all the time. Third: Oliver. He got saved from last place because he did change a bit over the book. He was still a big egomaniac, but he tried his best to help people out. But in the beginning? I hated his cockiness and how he thought he would win because he had done private lessons and was more superior in cooking. No. Just no. But nearing the end I did see some good in him, though I was a bit pissed at how he acted when things didn't go his way. He should really grow up a bit more. This week is also about having fun and making new recipes. And not only about winning.Fourth: Tate. Sorry, he just had zero presence for me, at times I even forgot about him, and the only thing he seemed to be able to do was doing stuff with knives. Plus I hated how he got a preference treatment at one point in the book (that is just not done. This is still a competition and just because he got a bad review doesn't mean you have to please him by making a challenge just for him). Also I didn't like how in the end competition he had to be called back because he was with his dad. I get, he misses his dad, but sorry, you are in a big final competition. :|The book switches between these characters, though there are characters that seem to get a bit more of the spotlight (like Rae or Oliver). At least that is how I felt, these 2 seemed to pop up just a bit more than the others did. I loved that we also see the comments from the kids on questions they are asked in the interviews or at the start/end of challenges. It definitely made it feel even more like those cooking shows on TV. Of course there are also sneaky/dirty directors who love drama and don't care about the feelings or thoughts of the kids. It did fit with the whole tv show element, but I still wanted to punch them for doing this crappy thing. I just flew through this book, I couldn't stop reading it. Everything was just too much fun. Also the book is peppered with fun illustrations! It made some scenes even nicer. :)Mm, what more, I think I have mentioned everything. The only thing I want is for the second book to come out, and maybe to have a prequel about the selection process. I would recommend this book to everyone!Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/
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  • Mary Lee
    January 1, 1970
    I've just recently become (obsessed with? addicted to?) tickled by The Great British Bakeoff. This book reads just like one of the shows (and I'm inferring, like any of the baking shows). Even the solo on-camera snippets are there with character sketch and speech bubble. I love how much these kids know about food, flavors and cooking. Harper does a good job making each a distinct character and building in good drama and tension.I'm hooked! Can't wait to read the next one!
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  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the TreelineCaroline, Rae, Oliver and Tate are contestants on the high stakes Next Best Junior Chef television program. They are competing on a television show judeged by world class chefs, so they are all very nervous. Tate is only nine, so he has a lot of energy and sometimes less than ideal behavior, Oliver is the self-proclaimed "King of Calm", and Caroline and Rae are both rather nervous. All of the children work together on the various challenges and are good spo E ARC from Edelweiss Above the TreelineCaroline, Rae, Oliver and Tate are contestants on the high stakes Next Best Junior Chef television program. They are competing on a television show judeged by world class chefs, so they are all very nervous. Tate is only nine, so he has a lot of energy and sometimes less than ideal behavior, Oliver is the self-proclaimed "King of Calm", and Caroline and Rae are both rather nervous. All of the children work together on the various challenges and are good sports, which is great to see, and there's lots of details about both television filming and cooking. Winners of challenges get to choose kitchen gadgets, and there is a lot of inventive food described. Unfortunately, I read a digital ARC of this, and since there are a fair number of illustrations, it loaded slowly, making it difficult to go back and get details.Strengths: Lots of good details about so many things! Readers who enjoyed Ganeshram's Stir It Up will love this one. There are a lot of cooking themed books for upper middle grade readers, so this one was nice to see. Elementary schools will definitely want this, and it's great for avid cooks in middle school as well.Weaknesses: Nine year old master chefs? Not in my world. Of course, I hate to cook. Why spend all that time when you could just have an apple and a can of tuna? That said, when I was younger I loved to read cookbooks, so I can see the appeal.What I really think: I wish I could post interior illustrations, but they aren't photographing well from my Nook. There are interviews with the children that definitely made me think about the old Betty Crocker kids' cookbooks. I really wonder if those were the inspiration for the Aurélie Blard-Quintard illustrations! (See the Betty Crocker at http://mrpeacockstyle.blogspot.com/20...)
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  • Eve
    January 1, 1970
    The new Next Best Junior Chef is a contest judged by three renowned chef's. The competition allows one junior chef the chance to win a food truck and the opportunity to film in Italy.Each contestant, two boys and two girls are each around 9-11 years old and their histories influenced by their family and holiday's inspire a wide range of dishes from around the world alike in our real cooking TV shows.They are all excited as they get their own work station and personalized apron, the chance to win The new Next Best Junior Chef is a contest judged by three renowned chef's. The competition allows one junior chef the chance to win a food truck and the opportunity to film in Italy.Each contestant, two boys and two girls are each around 9-11 years old and their histories influenced by their family and holiday's inspire a wide range of dishes from around the world alike in our real cooking TV shows.They are all excited as they get their own work station and personalized apron, the chance to win kitchen gadget prizes throughout the shows and a week recording schedule which tough daunting, they face with smiles and passion for cooking!The four children, Rae, Caroline, Tate and Oliver, each design their unique food truck ideas way before the winner is announced and we see how unique each child really is!They're challenged all week with a set of camera cards to teach them to be natural and not stare into the camera's to make it candid. The girls bond, while the boys or at least Oliver's perfectionism and high achieving desires makes them not as close. Steve the producer only cares about rating's though, whereas chef Nancy wants the children to be having fun like they should be doing.They take a trip to a fairground for a challenge after they make some rather interesting and intriguing flavoured ice creams and the fairground challenge is a higher end unique twist on a classic style of serving food.The elimination challenge leaves three of the children to be facing off in the final which will be in the next book, so we don't actually find a winner of the series in the book so it definitely doesn't work as a stand alone unless you want a cliffhanger, buy the next book to find out what happens next!I really liked the fact that we got small breaks in story text to hear a thought or opinion made by a contestant as it gives us more feel for them, their personality, cheeky, friendly etc. There are lots of food facts and knife safety part so children learn proper kitchen tips and terms. Overall it was a really fun book and I'm sure children will enjoy it especially if they're into cooking or crafts.Many thanks to the publishers for allowing me to review this book for them!
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  • Melanie Dulaney
    January 1, 1970
    Harper does a great job turning the wildly popular cooking shows into an excellent book for kids grades 3-7 who love them. Rae, Caroline, Tate and Oliver all earned the right to compete for the title of "Next Best Junior Chef" and all four take the competition seriously. All four characters have very different personalities and strengths in the kitchen and must figure out ways to impress judges with their cooking skills AND perform well on and off camera. Rae and Caroline become best friends, Ta Harper does a great job turning the wildly popular cooking shows into an excellent book for kids grades 3-7 who love them. Rae, Caroline, Tate and Oliver all earned the right to compete for the title of "Next Best Junior Chef" and all four take the competition seriously. All four characters have very different personalities and strengths in the kitchen and must figure out ways to impress judges with their cooking skills AND perform well on and off camera. Rae and Caroline become best friends, Tate just bounces around like the 9 year old little boy that he is and Oliver seems to reign as the King of Calm...until he doesn't! One chef will be dismissed during this first installment of what I believe will be a very popular book in my 4-5 grade libraries. Added bonus-throughout this series opening, readers will get very real pointers on cooking, plating, and being a good competitor. Teachers will enjoy the use of cooking specific vocabulary and the excellent context clues used with it. Use of drawings of each chapter with speech balloons was an eye-catching way to reveal answers to interview questions and a great tool to break up the text in a kid-friendly way. I look forward to adding this book to my collection, along with books 2 and 3 to follow. (Review of digital ARC from EdelweissPlus)
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  • Angela
    January 1, 1970
    I love watching Food Network, so when I read the blurb for this book I knew I had to read it. This book was entertaining from the start. I was caught up in the nervousness and excitement of Rae, Caroline, Tate and Oliver as they learned how the show Next Best Junior Chef would work.I learned a few cooking skills for myself. Anytime you can learn while reading is wonderful but it is even better when you learn while reading for entertainment. This book will definitely make it on the list for recom I love watching Food Network, so when I read the blurb for this book I knew I had to read it. This book was entertaining from the start. I was caught up in the nervousness and excitement of Rae, Caroline, Tate and Oliver as they learned how the show Next Best Junior Chef would work.I learned a few cooking skills for myself. Anytime you can learn while reading is wonderful but it is even better when you learn while reading for entertainment. This book will definitely make it on the list for recommendations for when I sub in the school library. More and more kids are wanting to learn to cook and this book would be great for them. In the back of the book there is tutorial on how to hold a knife properly and cutting techniques.My only disappointment: I have to wait until 2018 to read the next two books in the series. How will I be able to wait? You do not have to be a kid to enjoy this book. Everyone will be able to find enjoyment out of reading this book.Thank you to NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin for an ARC copy of this book for a review that was honest and my own.
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    Read on NetGalley. Four kids who love to cook compete on a cooking show. Rae is anxious, Oliver says he is the King of Calm, Caroline is convinced she and Rae will be great friends (spoiler alert, they do), and Tate is fidgety. The kids learn how a cooking show is made as they go through the challenges, such as No Looking At The Camer. One of the kids is voted off the show by the end of the book. Lots of fancy ingredients and cooking terms are sprinkled throughout.
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  • Matthew
    January 1, 1970
    I got this book as an advanced reading copy from someone, and I must say it was great! It is about 4 kids who are competing to be the next best junior chef. I not only thought this was a good read but I actually learned a thing about cooking. This book is officially coming out in September 2017, and I can't wait!
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  • Ms. Garr
    January 1, 1970
    Grade 2 or 3 and up; first volume in a new series about four characters ages 9-11 who are participating in a fictional TV cooking competition that would be comparable to a Top Chef Jr. Probably one of the stars in my rating is due to the fact that I happen to be a longtime fan of cooking competition shows, so this was a ton of fun to read. It also had some great cooking tips and tricks for young readers who are interested in food - or in how these cooking shows work behind the scenes. I think th Grade 2 or 3 and up; first volume in a new series about four characters ages 9-11 who are participating in a fictional TV cooking competition that would be comparable to a Top Chef Jr. Probably one of the stars in my rating is due to the fact that I happen to be a longtime fan of cooking competition shows, so this was a ton of fun to read. It also had some great cooking tips and tricks for young readers who are interested in food - or in how these cooking shows work behind the scenes. I think this will be popular with the students who gravitate toward the Chandler (or Alden) Library's cookbook section every week. Recommended.
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  • Shauna Yusko
    January 1, 1970
    The POV shifts were odd to me. But I loved the cooking/contest details.
  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Loved the ARC!
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