Apple Pie ABC

Apple Pie ABC

by Alison Murray
     
 

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When an apple pie arrives piping hot on the kitchen table, a little pup does everything he can think of to get his paws on it. He Ogles it. He Pines for it. But will his ABC antics land him a slice?

APPLE PIE ABC is a delicious twist on traditional verse brought to life by Alison Murray's simple words and whimsical illustrations. Sure to delight readers of all

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When an apple pie arrives piping hot on the kitchen table, a little pup does everything he can think of to get his paws on it. He Ogles it. He Pines for it. But will his ABC antics land him a slice?

APPLE PIE ABC is a delicious twist on traditional verse brought to life by Alison Murray's simple words and whimsical illustrations. Sure to delight readers of all ages, it's a book to savor again and again.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A long-eared dog—with a passing resemblance to early versions of Snoopy—longs for his young owner's irresistible apple pie in this ABC book. Red and white letters, reminiscent of toy wood blocks, appear on each page, as the girl happily "bake it," then "dish it out." The expressive hound goes from being "eager for it," to "have to get a lick of it," which results in a gentle scolding before the "quietly determined" puppy devises a scheme for getting his pie. The grainy, retro-style artwork gives the book a deliciously vintage feel, and readers will be glad that perseverance (and pie!) win out over manners. Ages 2–6. (May)
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Murray cleverly uses the alphabet to tell the story of a puppy that yearns for a taste of a girl's homemade apple pie. Big, bold, uppercase letters introduce each phrase: "apple pie/bake it/cool it/dish it out…." The young canine, with expressive eyebrows over simple black dots for eyes, is determined to get at least a little lick of the pie. The large-font text coupled with just a few words will have preschoolers telling the story themselves after a reading or two. The matte texture of the paper and the suggestion of linoleum prints of block letters are reminiscent of books from the 1950s. There are numerous blue accents on pages that are printed primarily in shades of red, orange, and yellow. Endpapers reinforce the alphabet motif. This book has broad appeal.—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
Children's Literature - Janice DeLong
With letters large enough to be seen by a group and white space aplenty to encourage focus, Murray presents her story through letters and simple phrases following the chronological order of the alphabet. A smiling young lady and her mischievous dog are introduced on the first page as the child is shaking delectable cinnamon on the about-to-be-baked crust of an inviting apple pie. As the letters progress through "B," "C" and "D," child and pet watch the baking dessert with anticipation. However, our little cook has a different idea about the end result than her pet does! Leaving the aromatic dish to cool proves to be the undoing of both dog and pie—almost. Just in time, the child returns and prevents a catastrophe at the paws of her four-legged friend. At this point in the story, a teacher, parent, or librarian might introduce foreshadowing and prediction by having the young audience guess whether or not the dog will get a piece of pie. Although there are some words such as "miserable," "ogle," "determined," and "underneath" that will be beyond the reading level of beginners, the context and vivid illustrations provide ample opportunity for well-informed guessing. In this reviewer's experience, the ending is a bit unrealistic, but it does provide fertile ground for discussion. Of course, this title begs for a treat of apple pie to be baked as a delicious culminating activity to the shared read. Reviewer: Janice DeLong
Children's Literature - Lisa Colozza Cocca
When a little girl bakes an apple pie, a war of wills is waged. The little girl is determined to keep the pie from her pup and her pup is determined to have some. The expressions on the pup's face as he begs and schemes for the pie invite readers to root for him and eventually he does succeed in getting the pie. The story is structured in ABC format with sparse text and is illustrated in simple lines and muted colors. Originally published as a picture book, the story is better suited to the four to seven age group. Board books, however, are most often enjoyed by babies and toddlers who are still developing the basics of language. The ABC connections in this title tend to be advanced; for example P is "pine for it" and O is "ogle it." The book might be best enjoyed by the board book gang as a wordless book with the adult telling the story in the pictures in words more accessible to the age group. Reviewer: Lisa Colozza Cocca

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781408308028
Publisher:
Orchard Books NY
Publication date:
07/28/2011
Sales rank:
1,446,355
Age Range:
2 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Alison Murray grew up near Glasgow, Scotland and studied Textile Design at the Glasgow School of Art. After graduating she moved to London and worked in a variety of jobs, including bookseller and rug designer, before completing a MA in Design for Interactive Media at Middlesex University. She then co-founded, built, and sold a successful interactive media company. She currently lives in Glasgow with her husband, little girl, and dog.

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