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Playing by the book’s inaugural Edible Book Festival is now open!

Posted on | March 19, 2012 | 81 Comments

Welcome one and all to Playing by the book’s International Edible Book Festival!

As befits any gallery opening, there are drinks and nibbles on offer (albeit virtually) :-)

To enter the gallery, click on the scissors below to snip the ribbon and view the astonishing entries. I’m sure you’ll agree with me there are lots of very creative entries, and really, every one is a winner!

The Gallery is open for public viewing all this week. Mélanie, from Library Mice, will be choosing her top 10 Edible Books, before passing on the shortlisted entries to our Festival Patron, Emma Chichester Clark, who’s wonderful Lulu and the Best Cake Ever was the inspiration behind the entire festival.

Emma will choose her top three Edible Books from the shortlist, and the winner will be announced on Monday 26 March, here on the blog. You’ll also be able to learn more about the different Edible Books that day – everyone is invited to link up to blog posts, facebook pages, etc that they’ve written about their entry.

Once you’ve visited the gallery, please do return here to leave a comment. Which cake made you smile the most? Which cake do you think deserves to win? Which cake would you like to eat?

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81 Responses to “Playing by the book’s inaugural Edible Book Festival is now open!”

  1. Elli
    March 19th, 2012 @ 12:43 am

    Oo, am I the first through the door?
    Elli recently posted..Going Up the Hill

  2. BongMom
    March 19th, 2012 @ 1:15 am

    Thanks for the wonderful round up. Lots of lovely entries. One small thing though. When I click on any of the images, the only image that enlarges is “The Hobbit” and then I cannot go through the “next” or “Prev” button. Looks like a browser issue, I am using Firefox.
    BongMom recently posted..LadyBug Pancakes for Edible Book Festival

  3. jojoebi
    March 19th, 2012 @ 1:41 am



    that is about all I can say!
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  4. Kat
    March 19th, 2012 @ 4:35 am

    There are so many awesome entries! I’m going to have to take the time to look at them each very carefully before I pick a favorite.
    Kat recently posted..Rah, Rah, Radishes! Alpha-Veggie Pasta

  5. Polly
    March 19th, 2012 @ 7:39 am

    So excited…and they’re BRILLIANT…very glad I don’t have to judge but Mr Gumm’s strawberry shoelace beard a masterstroke by somebody I think.
    Polly recently posted..Learning to read diversions; Usborne, Egmont and more

  6. rachel slater
    March 19th, 2012 @ 8:14 am

    So many brilliant entries, I am loving the Owl Babies as this does remind me of bedtime reading, and the far away tree as this reminds me of my childhood reading.
    rachel slater recently posted..Mothering Sunday

  7. Clara
    March 19th, 2012 @ 8:42 am

    It’s a triumph! What a lot of very creative people you have here… and I especially enjoyed cutting the red ribbon – lovely touch!

  8. Maya
    March 19th, 2012 @ 8:42 am

    Going through all the entries made me so so so hungry. My favourite is entry 37 – The secret garden. The soil is soooo chocolicious. And the steps look so yummy. And what pretty flowers! Off to eat some chocolate now.

  9. Elli
    March 19th, 2012 @ 9:34 am

    How on EARTH do you choose? Some of them are beautifully executed and show amazing icing skills, but some of the ones I like best are the ones which aren’t just copying an illustration but which have more obvious child input (or possibly just less meticulous/professional adults – but who cares?) Entry 49 perhaps put the biggest smile on my face – it doesn’t particularly remind me of LOTR, but it’s hilarious, and so obviously made with enjoyment.
    Elli recently posted..Get a Move On

  10. Zoe
    March 19th, 2012 @ 9:55 am

    Hi Elli, yes, almost impossible to choose winners I agree, and in some sense winners will be just down to personal preference – they are all so good. Yes, 49 is very funny!

  11. Zoe
    March 19th, 2012 @ 9:55 am

    Hi Maya, yes the soil in 37 is very clever isn’t it. As it happens I just planted a load of edible flower seeds yesterday…

  12. Zoe
    March 19th, 2012 @ 9:56 am

    Thank you Clara, I need a bit of gee-ing up this morning as there have been some technical issues….

  13. Zoe
    March 19th, 2012 @ 9:57 am

    Hi Rachel, Yes, I thought the use of icing in the Owl babies edible book was genius – so effective for feathers.

  14. Zoe
    March 19th, 2012 @ 9:57 am

    Polly, indeed, isn’t it! I’m generally not a fan of bears, but a strawberry shoelace one is lovely.

  15. Zoe
    March 19th, 2012 @ 9:58 am

    Kat, even after HOURS of looking at the entries it is almost impossible to choose favourites!

  16. Zoe
    March 19th, 2012 @ 9:59 am

    Thanks Jojoebi. I agree entirely! People have risen to the challenge with real creativity and flair.

  17. Zoe
    March 19th, 2012 @ 10:00 am

    Hi BongMom, i’ve changed some things at my end. Could you try again? Also could you make sure javascript is enabled (that’s what makes the windows pop up). If all that fails, then take a look via the Flickr account I’ve set up, having been alerted to the problem:

  18. Charelle
    March 19th, 2012 @ 10:16 am

    I am much better at eating cakes than making them so am very impressed by the skill and creativity of all of these! Lovely to see some of my favourite kids books in there – Owl Babies, Aliens Love Underpants, The Hungry Caterpillar and of course the Gruffalo! But I think my favourite edible book is the Elmer one – I love simplicity of it and the delightful colours.
    Charelle recently posted..Libraries I Have Loved

  19. Actually Mummy...
    March 19th, 2012 @ 10:18 am

    I like the Hobbit – really meticulous attention to detail :))

  20. Jen
    March 19th, 2012 @ 10:55 am

    Oh how amazing and creative all of these are! I wish I could see them all in person!
    Jen recently posted..Tomo

  21. BongMom
    March 19th, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

    Thanks Zoe. It works now. Kudos to you for all the effort in putting this together and a big applause for the kids and their parents for coming up with such creative edibility.

  22. Katherine
    March 19th, 2012 @ 12:44 pm

    Wow, what an amazing selection, I love them all for different reasons but I think the 100 Dresses one is my favourite. They are all fantastic though!
    Katherine recently posted..Baby’s first bookshelf

  23. Alyson
    March 19th, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

    #15, 20, 38 love! 49 so fun! This is all so creative, makes me want to curl up with a book and some cake…

  24. Helen Dineen
    March 19th, 2012 @ 1:39 pm

    What a great selection, impossible to choose a favourite, well done everyone who took part! And thanks Zoe for your hard work putting the gallery together.

  25. Penny Richards (@PennamitePLR)
    March 19th, 2012 @ 1:59 pm

    We were ooohing and aaahing at a lot of them–loved the commitment (and counting!) of 100 Dresses, adored the simplicity of the Todd Parr cookies, laughed about King Arthur’s sword in the stone… and some of the entries based on Indian books made me really want to track those titles down–that’s always a good sign.
    Penny Richards (@PennamitePLR) recently posted..Trash for Teaching in Gardena

  26. Wendy Knight
    March 19th, 2012 @ 4:19 pm

    The entries are fabulous but I am having difficulty with the browser too. The Hobbit keeps popping up! Well done for organising the whole thing. I think many people had a lot of fun!

  27. Whitney @ Pen Pals & Picture Books
    March 19th, 2012 @ 7:59 pm

    Oh this is just fantastic!! I’m bummed I ended up missing out this year, but you’re doing it again for sure, right?
    I know my blog partner made one, I’m having fun trying to guess which one is hers :)
    Whitney @ Pen Pals & Picture Books recently posted..Getting ready for Easter with The Country Bunny…

  28. Frances
    March 19th, 2012 @ 8:11 pm

    These are great Zoe! Love the Pancakes Pancakes – how fiddly that must have been. Owl Babies – what feathers! Aliens Love Underpants(8) – I just have such a soft spot for that one. You’re A Bad Man Mr Gum – hilarious. Miss Piggy – I could be a Miss Piggy eating that!
    Such marvelous entries, obviously made with lots of patience and care.
    Loved looking through them all!

  29. Rebecca
    March 19th, 2012 @ 8:50 pm

    What an amazi selection. One tho I’m sure of though, mine was the tastiest! Tee hee.

    So pleased I’m not the one who has to choose a winner.
    Rebecca recently posted..Good parent = bad person?

  30. Barmy_Bex
    March 19th, 2012 @ 9:28 pm

    They all look fabulous, but I’m proud at how well mine turned out. Looks better than I thought it would. I would hate to judge this, they are all fab. Think my favourite is ‘Entry 12 – Monkey And Robot In The Garden’ lots fo skill there. After my own of course.
    Thanks for the comment Charelle, glad you liked it!
    Barmy_Bex recently posted..Book Review – The Hound of The Baskervilles

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  32. Robyn
    March 20th, 2012 @ 4:43 am

    What fun to look through all those fantastic entries! and such a turn out! I love it. I vote for Mrs Tiggiwinkle by Beatrix Potter, and I loved 100 dresses and planting a rainbow! thanks for this wonderful event.

  33. De TOREN van Klinker
    March 20th, 2012 @ 7:04 am

    What a great books!

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  35. Nicola
    March 20th, 2012 @ 11:47 am

    Wow, what an amazing selection of entries.

    This competition is such fun and the effort and creativity shown by all entrants is spectacular.

    My favourites have to be Mr Gum at 33 and Mrs Tiggiwinkle too but I also love love love Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, number 45.

    I still love this book now and the thought of a blue cake is just spectacular!

    Well done all.

  36. Kay
    March 20th, 2012 @ 3:31 pm

    The creativity is delightful. My particular favourites are numbers 37 and 38 but my children adore number 58, ‘Miss Piggy’.

    Excellent cakes!

  37. Good enough to sink your teeth into
    March 20th, 2012 @ 4:57 pm

    Girls, these cakes look too good to eat!

    Being a big “Stephenie Meyer” fan myself I would have to go with number 34 for the shear artwork involved in this book presentation.

    Some of my other favourites have to be Miss Piggy and the Secret Garden not forgetting our favourite author Roger Hargreaves’ Mr. Men books (Mr. Bump and Mr. Happy) Well done to all a fabulous presentation!!!!

  38. So Hard!!!!!!
    March 20th, 2012 @ 5:07 pm

    What to choose, what to choose.
    I love them all!
    But I think the your a bad man Mr.Gum is a great one. Out of all the mr gums 33 stands out.
    I like mrs piggy too.
    Does anyone like number 34 or 51?

    Well Done Peeps

  39. Good enough to sink your teeth into
    March 20th, 2012 @ 5:09 pm

    These cakes look too good to eat!

    Being a big “Stephenie Meyer” fan myself I would have to go with number 34 for the shear artwork involved in this book presentation.

    Some of my other favourites have to be Miss Piggy and the Secret Garden not forgetting our favourite author Roger Hargreaves’ Mr. Men books (Mr. Bump and Mr. Happy) Well done to all a fabulous presentation!!!!

  40. So Hard!!!!
    March 20th, 2012 @ 5:15 pm

    What to choose, what to choose.
    I like entry number 33. It is the best Mr Gum there. I like Mrs Piggy too. Her icing looks delicious.
    Glad I don’t have to choose who wins.
    Does anyone like entry number 34 or 51?

    Good Luck Peeps!!

  41. choxbox
    March 20th, 2012 @ 5:38 pm

    Awesome – all of them!! Tough to choose, they are all winners.

    Esply love the simple Japanese entry – the sleeping baby one.

  42. vanessa@silly eagle books
    March 21st, 2012 @ 12:46 am

    I really love entry #30! But they are all wonderful. We didn’t get ours done in time, but when we do, I will post it on my blog just for fun. :)
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  44. Caddie
    March 21st, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

    I really like entries 52+53(Jemima Puddleduck and Mrs Twigglewinkle)!34(Twilight series) was really good too!

  45. katy
    March 21st, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

    I LOVED cakes 34 and 51 (the Twilight Sagas) they were amazing!

  46. katherine
    March 21st, 2012 @ 12:41 pm

    Entry 34 Was incredible!

  47. kat
    March 21st, 2012 @ 12:42 pm

    Entry 51 was exquisit!amazing cake!

  48. Katey
    March 21st, 2012 @ 12:44 pm

    I love cakes jemimi Paddleduck , Mrs Twigglewinkle and no. 34 Twilight cake is incredibly AMAZING!!

  49. katherine
    March 21st, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

    Cakes 34 and 51 (Twilight Sagas) were amazing cake! incredible! exquisit! good look!

  50. Katey
    March 21st, 2012 @ 12:46 pm

    34 should definitley be a winner!

  51. katherine
    March 21st, 2012 @ 12:47 pm

    cakes 52 and 53 amazing! incredible!

  52. Katey
    March 21st, 2012 @ 12:48 pm

    I love Jamimi she is soo cute, so are the owl babies!

  53. katherine
    March 21st, 2012 @ 12:48 pm

    Good luck 51! The cake was amazing!

  54. Katey
    March 21st, 2012 @ 12:49 pm

    Good Luck 34!!

  55. So Hard!!!!
    March 21st, 2012 @ 12:52 pm

    LoVe ThE tWiLiGhT cAkEs

    Love the apple on 51.
    Still like mr Gum

    Peeps Do Well

  56. So Hard!!!!
    March 21st, 2012 @ 12:54 pm

    I love Stephenie Meyer books
    so glad there are twilight cakes in there.

  57. katy
    March 21st, 2012 @ 12:54 pm

    vote for cakes 34 and 51!! they were amazinggggggg!!!!!!!!!

  58. katy
    March 21st, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

    Twilight Sagas were amazing (51 and 34) Good Luck!!!!!!!!!

  59. So Hard!!!!
    March 21st, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

    I aggree with you bookish bites and good enough to sink your teeth into. this competition is so hard to choose.
    Like mrs piggy.
    Can I eat them all.
    Can’t wait till the competition end so want to know who wins.

  60. kat
    March 21st, 2012 @ 12:59 pm

    All the cakes were amazing!!! really hard choice!
    My personal favourites were 34 and 51 Twilight Sagas! They were apsolutly incredible!!!!
    Good luck!

  61. Leah
    March 21st, 2012 @ 4:05 pm

    LOVE Miss Tiggywinkle and Jemima Puddleduck, they are pure masterpieces!!!

  62. Leah
    March 21st, 2012 @ 4:07 pm

    Owl Babies are amazing!!!! :-) Plus #50 is quite cool!

  63. Leah
    March 21st, 2012 @ 4:09 pm

    All cakes are amazing, practically impossible to choose a winner!:-P

  64. moso
    March 21st, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

    hi i looooooooooooooooooooove the train cake its got my vote xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxlol

  65. jane
    March 21st, 2012 @ 4:12 pm

    love the train cake its really good

  66. Caddie
    March 21st, 2012 @ 7:35 pm

    I still liking no. 34!

  67. Caddie
    March 21st, 2012 @ 8:58 pm

    Does anyone like entry 51??

  68. Eric Van Raepenbusch
    March 22nd, 2012 @ 12:59 am

    The gallery of cakes looks fantastic! What a great festival! I think everyone should win an award!
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  69. JJB
    March 22nd, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

    i love all the designs, well done to all the girls of church high who got into the finals. good luck to them!!!!!!!

    i really love the secret garden by olivia and the muppets miss piggy head, well done to everyone!!!!!!! good luck xx

  70. CHELBO
    March 22nd, 2012 @ 12:03 pm

    well done to all the girls at church high school, i love all the design, good luck to everyone!!!

    my favourite the secret garden!!!

    good lick xxxxxxxx

  71. JJB
    March 22nd, 2012 @ 12:05 pm

    i do agree with you zoe and i like the mr gum head, one of the girls at my school did that and won are competition!!!!!!

    i love them all especially the secret garden done by another of the girls who go to the school church high!!!

    good luck all of you xxxxxxx

    March 22nd, 2012 @ 12:08 pm

    well done to all the girls at church high school especially number 33 i loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  73. Rachel
    March 22nd, 2012 @ 12:44 pm

    Does anyone like numbers 48 and 58 i think they’re amazing but miss piggy is the best out of the two i think she should win. I would pick her if i was the judge

  74. fay
    March 22nd, 2012 @ 12:46 pm

    wooow miss piggy is the best xx hope you win and judges pppppppppppppppllllllllllllllllleeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaassssssssssseeeeeeeeeeee pick miss piggy to win

  75. yaychun chun
    March 22nd, 2012 @ 12:48 pm

    what is up the cake season is here you roll miss piggy xxxxxxxxx

  76. Rachel
    March 22nd, 2012 @ 12:49 pm

    sorry meant to say number 46 not 48 but it is still very good

  77. Tasha Goddard
    March 22nd, 2012 @ 10:48 pm

    Stunning! Can’t believe what a variety there is. Wish I’d had a go – I will next time!
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  78. Caddie
    March 23rd, 2012 @ 12:33 pm

    I really like the twilight cakes

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    March 25th, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

    I love cake 51, the twilight saga’s! It looks very proffesional!

  80. Lisa
    March 29th, 2012 @ 2:54 pm

    Very cool!

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