O be the son of the Cupcake Cadet troop leader and is spending lot of time around Jenna and Samantha The two disguised cadets bribe him with cupcakes so he will leave their friends Jeremy and Slater aloneReaders will enjoy how this story unfolds and its sweet ending pun intended With its accessible text and constant humorous conflicts Jeremy Bender will be most enjoyed by girls and boys in grades 3 through 5 This book is very funny it is about a boy is trying to get money and dresses up and acts like a girl in girl scouts Read on to laugh as hard as ou could A Junior fiction fantasy about 2 boys who scheme a plan to win for repairs they caused on a parent s prized boat The plan it to join the Cupcake Cadets an all girl club and win their Windjammer Whirl competition The boys learn it s not all vanilla frosting and girls are tough Predictable but not a bad read As posted on Outside of a DogWhen I was a kid there was a Rodney Dangerfield movie called Ladybugs in which a teen boy played by the late Jonathan Brandis pretends to be a girl to play on an all girls soccer team There were cross dressing jokes a plenty and some gender confusion when Matthew posing as Martha gets a crush on one of hisher teammates For some reason I loved this movie as a kid I only mention this because all the warm feelings I had for it came rushing back when I read Eric Luper s fantastically funny book Jeremy Bender vs the Cupcake Cadets I laughed at the same kind of jokes and enjoyed a similar gender bending adventureJeremy Bender is our average guy A little bit geeked out boating a little bit picked on in school and a little bit picked on by his older sister Ruthie Then one day disaster strikes when while working on his father s prize boat he accidentally does some damage to the engine Rather than admit his mistake Jeremy formulates a plan to enter the Windjammer Whirl win the 500 prize and repair the boat before anyone s the wiser The catch The Windjammer Whirl is for Cupcake Cadets only and if there s one rule in the Cupcake Cadets handbook it s No Boys Allowed This isn t about to stop Jeremy however and he convinces his best friend Slater to go along with his scheme to pose as Cupcake Cadets to win the money A couple of skirted uniforms later Jenna and Samantha have entered a local troupe and start causing trouble wherever they go They can t earn badges can t pitch a tent and can t seem to unload the eponymous cupcakes on the local populace What are two guys dressed as girls supposed to do especially when one Cupcake Cadet gets too close to discovering their secretI chuckled a lot while reading Jeremy Bender vs the Cupcake Cadets and not all the humor is derived from having boys in wigs and skirts parading around town Jeremy is a naturally humorous character and
His Humor Is Drawn humor is drawn a very believable boy place There s a lot here about the difference between boys and girls the scenes between Jeremy and sister Ruthie are a perfect example of these and all very girls the scenes between Jeremy and sister Ruthie are a perfect example of these and all very funny and Luper knows how to play the line making the book relatable to both boys and girls which is a tricky thing to do This book is an easy recommendation for fans of Wimpy Kid something of which I m always in need and funny gals like Judy Moody and Ramona I know Luper typically writes for a oung adult audience but I m very interested in seeing what else he s got for the middle grade crowd because he sure knows how to play to it Jeremy and his friend Slater are typical 6th graders They have their likes working with Jeremy s dad s vintage boat and their dislikes Paul the school bully and are trying to survive the best they can When they accidentally damage the boat they try to find a way to come up with the money for repairs Happening upon a sign for a model boat race they figure that they are sure to win the 500 but there is one catch they have to become Cupcake Cadets in order to do it They come up with credible disguises as girls something which would not be too hard for a 6th grade boy to do all it took for my son to be mistaken for a girl was long hair and find that being a cadet is a LOT harder than they thought In order to even enter the boat competition they have to earn three merit badges sell a certa. Y should dress up like girls and infiltrate the troop But as the boys proceed to botch everything from camping to field hockey they realize that being a Cadet is no piece of cupcakeCan Jeremy and Slater earn their badges and win the money Or will their Cupcake careers be over faster than ou can say vanilla frostin.
After They Spectacularly Fail Atthey spectacularly fail at of the things they attempt This includes ruining the camping trip and giving the troop food poisoning with their home baked pie The boys begin to realize that even ualifying to enter the race may not be nearly as easy as they thought Jeremy and Slater are able to keep their cadet scheme a be nearly as easy as they thought Jeremy and Slater are able to keep their cadet scheme a from family and school mates for a long time Things become complicated as a fellow cadet discovers their secret and decides to blackmail them in return for not revealing their betrayal There is also a sub plot about a bully at school that keeps tormenting the boys The bully happens Iration strikes when the boys see an ad for the Windjammer Whirl Sponsored by the Cupcake Cadets the model sailboat race pays five hundred dollars to the winner There's just one problem You must be a Cadet and a girl to competeConfident that it will be the easiest money they've ever made Jeremy convinces Slater the. .
When I read this I couldn t stop myself from comparing Jeremy his buddy Slater to Lucy Ethel I LOVE LUCY After damaging his father s boat Jeremy has to come up with an idea to raise some money fast He talks his friend Slater into dressing up as a girl and joining the Cupcake Cadets and entering their annual Windjammer Whirl for a chance to win 500 Like with Lucy Ethel Jeremy s plans nearly never turn out as he expects which makes for uite a few mistakes and he expects which makes for uite a few mistakes and and maybe even a few lessons learned along the way When Jeremy accidentally ruins the engine of his dad s boat he and his best friend Slater go under cover as Cupcake Cadets in order to enter a cash prize contest But the boys uickly realize that being a cadet will reuire a lot than a uniform and memorizing baking themed pledges Jeremy Bender vs the Cupcake Cadets has all the comedy and misadventure promised by the premise and then some Uniforms dodging bullies mantras gut busting cupcakes and heated rivalries provide plenty of hilarious obstacles as Jeremy and Slater clumsily navigate the complicated world of girls without being outedI really enjoyed Jeremy Bender Wholesome themes like teamwork girl power friendship and business ventures are explored with sincerity and lighthearted humor The characters are endearing and memorable I d happily re read this one Jeremy Bender is eleven ears old and he has a serious problem He and his best friend Slater are working on his dad s boat when they aren t supposed to be and next thing they know it needs some pretty substantial repairs to the tune of 470 Even if the boys pool their allowances they know they don t have that much so they start searching for other ways to bring in some cash When an advertisement at the public library alerts them to a sailboat race sponsored by the Cupcake Cadets they re thrilled by the possibility of a 500 dollar prize but disappointed that they can t enter because they re not girls Desperate and determined Jeremy decides they will pose as girls infiltrate the Cadets and win the prize But being a Cupcake Cadet is nowhere near as easy as it sounds and the boys have to jump through many hoops before they can even enter the contestI am not usually crazy about stories where boys disguise themselves as girls or vice versa because I don t find them very believable and that annoys me But I really enjoyed Eric Luper s YA novel Seth Baumgartner s Love Manifesto and decided it would be worth braving the possible pitfalls of the plot to read some of his work I was right Eric Luper is a master of buddy comedy stories Like Seth Baumgartner and his best friend Dimitri Jeremy and Slater have a humorous rapport Their dialogue comes right off the page bringing the characters to life and investing the reader in their success Luper has
A Great Understanding Of Friendship Between Middle School Boys Andgreat understanding of friendship between middle school boys and does a great job of portraying the logic that leads the eleven ear old mind to do some pretty unusual thingsI also thought this book explored a lot of interesting gender issues without being preachy or overly obvious about it It was great to see a couple of boys who aren t especially sporty thrown in with a group of girls who play lacrosse very aggressively for example This book turns a lot of gender stereotypes on their heads and plays with them a bit giving the reader a lot to laugh and think aboutI was also thrilled to see that this book has a librarian in it who is not a walking talking cliche I get so tired of seeing fictional librarians saying shush or refusing to help kids or kicking them out for talking Yes it happens but it s not very interesting to read about and often it adds nothing to the story The librarian in this book Ms Morrison is actually three dimensional She talks to Slater and Jeremy like they re people with minds of their own and even confides in them a little bit about some library politics vis a vis teens and making noise in the libraryHere s just one little snippet of a library sceneMs Morrison propped her feet on the lower shelf of the book cart Her fuzzy rainbow socks looked like twin puppets What do I know about windjammers she said I m just a children s librarian Anyhow I ve got troubles of my ownWhat sort of trou. When eleven Inside Mary Elizabeth's House year old Jeremy Bender does major damage to his father's prized boat he figures he has one way to avoid being grounded for life Fix it before Dad finds out But even if Jeremy and his best friend Slater combined their allowances for aear they still wouldn't have enough money for the cost of repairsInsp.