ELEPHANT PIE by Hilda Offen


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Age Range: 4 - 8
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 When toothy Mrs. Snipper-Snapper asks for cherry pie--with ``lots of custard''--for her birthday, her crocodile husband orders it from Mrs. Elephant. The good pachyderm never notices that little Jojo has crawled under the crust of the completed pie--but she's so flustered to find Jojo missing that she uses mustard for the custard. It all works out: when Jojo's brother Edward delivers the pie (much diminished by other animals' nibbling along the way), Mrs. Snipper-Snapper's crocodile tears of disappointment are quickly allayed by the sight of the tender little elephant; fortunately, a quick application of mustard sauce spoils the crocodiles' appetites, and Edward and Jojo make their escape. Like Offen's Nice Work, Little Wolf! (1992), an attractive original offering with bright, action-filled illustrations and enough humor and suspense to delight the picture book group. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-525-45123-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Dutton
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 1993


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