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EASY AS PIE by Cari Best


by Cari Best and illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Age Range: 5 - 9

Pub Date: March 30th, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-374-39929-0
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Enthusiastic pie lover Jacob unwinds after school with his favorite TV program, Baking with Chef Monty. After, he starts a peach pie. As he is challenged in this task at every turn, it is a good thing that he follows Monty’s eight rules of baking. Interrupted by his sister? Rule #2 states, “Concentrate on what you’re doing—no matter what.” His parents want to leave for the restaurant to celebrate their anniversary? Rule #7 says, “Always finish what you start.” Luckily, his parents are patient. On this special occasion, dessert comes first. Readers left drooling can follow the peach pie recipe on the back cover. Sweet’s playful pencil, watercolor and collage artwork suits the text to a T. Jacob’s facial expressions are spot-on—readers will surely be able to tell that he truly loves his hobby. A sweet look at a spunky kid with great problem-solving skills—and some rules that are easily applicable to everyday life. (Picture book. 5-9)