________________ CM . . . . Volume IX Number 9 . . . . January 3, 2003

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More Pies!

Robert Munsch. Illustrated by Michael Martchenko.
Markham, ON: Scholastic Canada, 2002.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $6.99 (pbk.), $15.99 (cl.).
ISBN 0-7791-1363-2 (pbk.), ISBN 0-439-18773-7 (cl.).

Preschool-grade 3 / Ages 3-8.

Review by Lisa O'Hara

*** /4

More Pies is the story of Samuel, who wakes up one morning really, really hungry. Although his mother feeds him an enormous amount of food for breakfast, he still asks for more. When his mother refuses to feed him anything else, he takes his little brother's advice and competes in a pie-eating contest against some men with the biggest appetites around. Although he is "just a little kid," Samuel wins the contest and gets to bring the prize pie home. There's a twist at the end though: because his mother knew how hungry Samuel was that morning, she has made him a surprise for lunch - pies!

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     Told in Robert Munsch's usual zany style, this story will delight children, particularly younger ones. The characters are all exaggerated, and there is enough repetition in the story, particularly at the pie-eating contest, that young children will be squirming in anticipation:

The judge yelled, "One, two, three, eat!" and they all ate their pies really fast: chuka-chuka-chuka-chuka-chuka-chuka-CHOMP!

When they were done, the lumberjack said, "Oh, my tummy hurts." He turned purple and fell under the table.

     The same thing happens with each contest until Samuel is left as the winner. Of course, when he returns home to his mother's surprise, it is his turn to turn green and fall under the table at which point his little brother eats the prize pie!

     This is a great story to read aloud, as are many of Munsch's, and the illustrations are terrific. Martchenko, who has illustrated most of Munsch's books, gets right to the heart of the zany characters, giving them an almost cartoon quality. Bright and colourful, they complement the story beautifully.

     This is a fun story with a delightful ending. Expect no lessons on gluttony, however. More Pies! is just pure enjoyment!

Recommended.

Lisa O'Hara is a librarian and mother of three in Winnipeg, MB.

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