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ONCE I ATE A PIE by Patricia MacLachlan

ONCE I ATE A PIE

By Patricia MacLachlan (Author) , Emily MacLachlan Charest (Author) , Katy Schneider (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 9

Pub Date: May 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-06-073531-7
Publisher: HarperCollins

An appealing cover image of a charming pug invites the reader into this ode to canine companions by the mother-and-daughter team. Fourteen short, non-rhyming poems introduce a variety of highly individualistic dogs, with the personality of each one captured in just a few revealing lines. The poems are written in first person with an innocent viewpoint appropriate to a dog’s egocentric perspective on the world. Abby “borrows” bones, balls and slippers (and doesn’t give them back); Mr. Beefy the pug steals butter (or even a cherry pie) from the table; and Lucy, adopted from a shelter, sleeps between her owners with her own pillow and teddy bear. Schneider’s expressive paintings add to each dog’s character, skillfully capturing distinctive breed characteristics, with expressive eyes and playful postures that indicate thorough knowledge of canine behavior. Thoughtful design elements include a trail of paw prints leading from the cover through the front matter into the text, varying type treatments and a mixture of illustration perspectives. (Poetry. 4-9)