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Mom Pie
     

Mom Pie

by Lynne Jonell, Petra Mathers (Illustrator)
 
Company is coming for dinner and Mommy is too busy to pay attention to Christopher and Robbie. They don't care that there will be four kinds of pie for dessert, they want Mommy. Then Christopher has an idea. "We can make Mom Pie," he says. Their recipe includes something soft, something snuggly, some of her perfume, and then something that's her favorite color. So

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Company is coming for dinner and Mommy is too busy to pay attention to Christopher and Robbie. They don't care that there will be four kinds of pie for dessert, they want Mommy. Then Christopher has an idea. "We can make Mom Pie," he says. Their recipe includes something soft, something snuggly, some of her perfume, and then something that's her favorite color. So what if the candle from the dining room table is too big. Christopher can take care of that...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Here's the fourth installment of life in the sharply funny, stick-figure world of Jonell and Mathers (Mommy Go Away!; It's My Birthday, Too!). While Mommy is frantically preparing a Thanksgiving-esque dinner for company, Christopher and his younger brother Robbie are stewing. Mommy won't even stop to kiss a boo-boo on Robbie's knee. "Put a Band-Aid on it and go somewhere else to play. I have work to do," she tells the incredulous boys. Then Christopher hits on the idea of making a "Mom Pie" filled with inedible things (like her pink bunny slippers) that remind them of how soft, smooth, snuggly and good-smelling Mommy is. When Mommy discovers the pie, Jonell proves (as she has in her other books with Mathers) that she understands the reality of domestic life too well to opt for narrative treacle. Instead of having Mommy make an apology/explanation speech, the character snuggles her now ecstatic boys without comment and, even more important, continues to do so after company arrives--or, as Jonell notes in a tone perfectly pitched to a child's sensibilities, "she did not get up." Thanks to Jonell's light touch and Mathers's talent for distilling the action to its emotional essence, the story's happy resolution is roundly satisfying. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Mommy is busy fixing dinner for company, and has no time for her two sons. ("The potatoes are boiling over! I have to baste the turkey! Oh, no! I forgot to order flowers!") So big brother Christopher cooks up the idea to make "Mom pie" in order to comfort little Robbie. The two boys fill a cake pan with "little bits of Mommy"�a soft, smooth glove, a snuggly pair of bunny slippers, her earring, her perfume and the teal candle that is the centerpiece of the table for "her favorite color." The candle won't fit in the pan, so Christopher breaks it in two. Needless to say, Mommy is shocked when she sees the "pie" on her table, but she soon understands its significance, and when the guests arrive she is seated in a big armchair, both boys in her lap, and "she did not get up." The guests pitch in with meal preparations, Mommy fixes the candle with a Band-Aid and all is well. The warmth of this soothing tale is underscored by Mathers' expressive, stick-like figures drawn in crayon-bright colors. Touches of whimsy, such as a reflection in a mirror of Mommy zooming past holding a large bowl, add details to the story line. 2001, Putnam, $12.99. Ages 3 to 6. Reviewer: Cherri Jones
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Another charmer from this creative team. Mom is frantically trying to prepare a big family dinner and ignores her sons' offers of assistance. "You will help me best if you stay out of the kitchen," she says. Young Robbie is slighted and can't understand why his mother is so busy. Big brother Christopher explains that while this part of the day is not much fun, that the food, once done, will make up for it-especially the pies. The siblings then set out to make a "Mom pie," filled with bits of soft and cuddly things that remind them of her. They douse the concoction with her perfume and throw in her favorite color (the candlestick from the formal table setting, which they break in half to fit in the dish). When the beleaguered woman discovers what the boys have been up to and listens to their tender explanations, she is completely disarmed and greets her guests while cuddled up in a chair with them. The relatives all pitch in and the evening is a stunning success. This slice of everyday life is told with humor and panache. Jonell is definitely clued into the youngsters' world and is in touch with their sensibilities. Mathers's simple, pencil stick figures with rounded heads and colorful crayon clothing convey a wide array of emotions. The pictures on each page take on the appearance of snapshots in a family album. A sweet treat, no matter what the occasion.-Luann Toth, School Library Journal Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399234224
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/2001
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.28(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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