The Edible Book Festival – The Grand Finale!

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First and foremost, I have to congratulate every single one of you who took part in the Edible Book Festival here on Playing by the book. I was astounded by the quality and quantity of entries, and very quickly came to be grateful I was not having to judge them!

I am most grateful to Mélanie from Library Mice who shortlisted ten edible books. These were sent to our festival Patron, Emma Chichester Clark, for final judging.

Of judging Mélanie said:

“I was really chuffed when Zoe asked me to be the first-round judge of the Edible Books Festival. It meant that I couldn’t enter, which was a shame in a way, but looking at all wonderful 73 entries, I am now glad because I could never have competed with all that talent. I didn’t have anything specific in mind when choosing the ten finalists; I went with those that caught my eye straight away, might it be because they were quirky, funny, unusual or simply beautiful. It was hard not to be partial to those linked to books that I love but I managed to overcome that. In fact, I discovered quite a few books along the way. It was really hard choosing only ten though, as the hard work that participants put in made them all winners in my eyes.”

Emma Chichester Clark concurred, saying “Can’t they all have prizes?!”

Unfortunately we can’t give everyone a prize, but what we can do is give a big round of applause to the three winners selected by Emma.

In 3rd place is Entry 14, by Becky Earl:

Inspired by Elmer by David McKee

In 2nd place is Entry 24, by Kathryn Parry:

Inspired by The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss

And in 1st place is Entry 15, by Rachel Slater:

Inspired by The Odd Egg written and illustrated by Emily Gravett

Becky wins a signed copy of Lulu and the Best Cake Ever, Kathryn wins a signed copy of Lulu and the Best Cake Ever plus 5 books of her choice from the list below, and lucky Rachel wins an original drawing of Lulu and her best friend Alfie by Emma Chichester Clark PLUS a signed copy of Lulu and the Best Cake Ever PLUS 5 other picture book titles from Harper Collins, to be selected from the list below.

  • The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man by Michael Chabon
  • The Lorax by Dr Seuss
  • Marshall Armstrong is New to Our School by David Mackintosh
  • Meerkat Madness by Ian Whybrow
  • Casper Candlewacks in Death by Pigeon by Ivan Brett
  • Department 19 by Will Hill
  • Hello Kitty Super Sparkly Sticker Book
  • Love Monster by Rachel Bright
  • My Henry by Judith Kerr
  • Penguin Pandemonium by Jeanne Willis
  • The Peppers by Sian Pattenden
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth

  • Congratulations to the three of you – please look out for an email from me regarding your postal address.

    To everyone else who took part, I am so sorry that each of you didn’t win first prize. I know that sounds a little silly to say, but I was honestly so impressed by the creativity and skill and sheer joie de vivre that shone out through each entry. I hope one day I get to share some cake with each of you. Thank you for making the festival so much fun and such a great success. I’m hoping that the festival will become an annual event here on the blog – so I look forward to seeing many of you return next year with even more amazing Edible Books.

    If you’ve written a blog post (or more) about your entry to the Edible Book Festival, please join the link up today by submitting your blog post’s permanent URL below. I encourage everyone to have a browse through the links and see just how much love and passion and fun went into creating all these cakes.

    40 Responses

    1. Sarah Cooper

      Well done winners! I was just delighted when I saw I had some nice comments for my Alice in Wonderland Cupcakes and Alien in Underpants sandwiches in the comments part. For me this is just a start of a journey as I have now found a love for sugarcraft, so thank you Zoe for hosting this wonderful challenge!

    2. Oh Well done to the winners!!! And what fantastic fun prizes… I can’t believe how many awesome entires there were… I very much hope that this is an annual event… we had so much fun making our edible books!!!
      se7en recently posted..Se7en’s Fabulous Friday Fun #113…

    3. What a fun contest! I’m curious what the judging criteria was. After looking at most of the entries on flickr, I was supposed that the more elaborate and intricate ones didn’t win. I know it’s all in fun, but I can’t help being curious, especially since I’d like our family to participate next year, so any tips would be good 🙂
      Literary Mom recently posted..Giving Up and Giving In for Lent

    4. …oops, I meant surprised (not supposed)! I see the explanation for how Melanie decided the top ten but not how Emma selected the top three. Also, which ones were the other 7 of the top ten? Btw, I commented on the ones on flickr that were my favorites. Next time, it could be fun to have readers vote…just an idea!
      Literary Mom recently posted..Giving Up and Giving In for Lent

    5. congrats to the winners, there were so many fab entries. We had so much fun joining in!
      jojoebi recently posted..Give into the power of the crafty side….

    6. Hi Sarah, if this festival has given you something new to enjoy, especially with your kids, then I’m the real winner, for that’s the best news I could possible hope for! Thankyou 🙂
      Zoe recently posted..The Edible Book Festival – The Grand Finale!

    7. Se7en, Thank YOU for taking part – both your entries were wonderful and prize worthy. Yes, I do hope to make it an annual event….
      Zoe recently posted..The Edible Book Festival – The Grand Finale!

    8. Literary Mom,
      The judging criteria were highly personal I think – whilst I told Melanie and Emma that what was key for me was a sense of fun, I think we all agreed that (1) really, any of the entries could have won a prize and (2) everybody looking at the list of entries would come up with a slightly different set of favourites. I like your idea of readers voting, and yes, for next year, I hope I’ll be able to implement a “readers’ prize”. And, of course, that you’ll take part next year!
      Zoe recently posted..The Edible Book Festival – The Grand Finale!

    9. Jojoebi, your video alone deserved a prize. Perhaps as well as a readers category there should be a video category next year!

    10. If there’d been a readers’ vote- the Twilight cakes would have won by a country mile! 🙂
      Warmest congratulations to the winners- now what to try next year?
      Polly recently posted..Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf

      • Hi Polly, yes, there might have been some complications if there had been a readers’ vote! Thanks so much for taking part – glad to hear you’re already thinking about your submission for next year!

    11. Any competition that encourages you to eat lots of cake is fine by me!
      Thanks for hosting and hope it’s on again soon. Congrats to the winners.
      Rebecca recently posted..Rainbow Fish Cake Pops

      • Thanks Rebecca. I have to agree with you, any competition where cake eating is allowed is a good one!

    12. Congratulations to the winners!
      But congratulations really is due to all participants, you are all amazing!
      Library Mice recently posted..PICTURE BOOK CAROUSEL: Naugthy doggies!

    13. This contest was a real treat! I have sent the link to several friends who are baking enthusiasts. Thanks for hosting it, Zoe.

      • A pleasure, Sandhya – I think lots of people have had lots of fun as a result of the festival and that delights me!

    14. […] My friends are ace. Our cake is ace. I hope you enjoy seeing the final product. And thank you Zoe for such an amazing idea in the first place! My congratulations to everybody who took part (seriously, that Miss Piggy was brilliant – and Bag End!) and my congratulations also go to the winners! […]

    15. This was so much fun 🙂 Thanks for the idea – and we’re already planning for next year 😉 !!
      LH Johnson recently posted..Edible Book Festival 2012

      • Hooray LH Johnson! Having seen your slideshow I’m even more keen for you to enter again next year 🙂 I think I may have to make visits to homes as part of the judging process…

    16. Fabulous choice of winners! It must have been SOOOO hard to choose!I am really inspired by all the fantastic creations!

      Thanks for rally us all to get creative!


      • Thanks Maggy – as you know, it’s so exciting to be part of a community having fun and being creative

    17. Fabulous – I loved this cake! Well done to the winners and runners up. It must have been very difficult to choose a winner as they all looked like they’d been fun to make. Ours definitely was! I’ve posted links to our cake but have had to post two as I wrote it up in two parts, I hope that’s okay!! Loving reading other people’s posts about their cakes. Roll on next year!
      Tasha recently posted..Here we are, elsewhere!

      • Hi Tasha, judging was so difficult – all the stories that I received in emails about how the families and groups of children got involved with choosing the edible book, making, eating, reading – I could never have chosen a winner knowing how much effort had gone in behind the scenes!

    18. *Applause*

      Agree – I would also be glad I were not the judge! Quite a tricky job! Congrats to the winners, wish I could eat their entries up (albeit in an eggless version!)

    19. Worthy winners and gorgeous cakes! We really enjoyed taking part!

    20. Congrats to the winners! They are absolutely fantastic- it was so much fun to browse the gallery. Thanks Zoe for hosting this event! What a fantastic way for book lovers to gather and play 🙂
      Robyn recently posted..Edible Book Festival

    21. […] you ever heard of an Edible Book Festival? No, neither had we, but when Zoe, at Playing by the book announced she was hosting one on her […]

    22. Wow these are amazing. You have a got a really talented group of readers. I know my kids would the very hungry caterpillar pancakes. I am little partial to the alice and wonderland cupcakes though.
      Darshana Khiani recently posted..1st Blogiversary and Giveaway

    23. […] weeks ago we happily jumped in and created our own edible book – answering the call from Playing by the book. We had just finished reading Scott O’Dell’s Island of the Blue Dolphins, so naturally […]

    24. Congratulations to the winners! Bravo, to Zoe for putting together an awesome challenge! So cool!

    25. […] in ours! Can you believe it? And what brought me to this crazy fun idea? Well.. the wonderful Zoe at Playing By the Book put me up to it – did you know there is an Edible Book festival EVERY year? Yep! There is. […]

    26. […] Playing but the Book for a wonderful project, I have always – ALWAYS _ wanted to do a 100 dresses project, so this […]

    27. Finally got a post out!!! Yea!!! I think you should make “We Took Part in the Edible Book Festival.” I would definitely put it up!!! Have a great day!!!
      se7en recently posted..Se7en Baked a 100 Dresses And Met Up With Augustus…

      • Se7en, that’s a great idea – I’ll definitely create such a badge for next year’s festival

    28. Congrats to the winners. The entries were deliciously edible 🙂

    29. And there was me thinking this was an excuse (if one was ever needed) to eat more cake. These wonderful creations are works of art!

    30. […] on more than one occasion). She also promotes book charities around the world and held the first International Edible Book Festival earlier this year. Twitter: […]

    31. Hi Zoe

      Just receive my bundle of books and illustration by Emma. Thank you very much. We are very excited at having some new books to read tonight.
      rachel slater recently posted..Book Club Choice

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