A APPLE PIE by Tracey Campbell--Adapt. & Illus. Pearson
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One of last year's most joyfully funny picture books was Pearson's Sing a Song of Sixpence; she now somewhat revises and updates Greenaway's text of a traditional alphabet rhyme (while keeping its original flavor) and illustrates it in the same irrepressibly witty style. Although these accordion pages can be turned in the conventional way, their full delight emerges when the book is unfolded to make a long strip where the action takes place along a single table. As the mammoth pie progresses down its length, it is gradually consumed and demolished by a series of lively tots; meanwhile, hilarious subplots unfold beneath the table. Conclusion: a new pie to share. With her deft calligraphic line, and ability to orchestrate the action and movement in her designs, Pearson is a worthy descendent of Caldecott. Everybody should enjoy this one!

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1986
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Dial/Dutton