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Kid Konnection: Pie

October 15, 2011

Alice’s Aunt Polly was famous for her pie baking.  She won a ton of Blueberry Awards for them and her pies were so good, people came from miles around just to get one.  The whole town of Ipswitch is in mourning after Polly passes away, but no one more so than Alice, since she loved spending time with her aunt.  Alice is called to Polly’s lawyer’s office and learns that her aunt left her cat to Alice and left her famous pie crust recipe to her cat.  No one can figure out how you leave a recipe to a cat, though, and some people will stoop to anything to find out.

Pie, by Sarah Weeks, is a delightful middle grade book!  If you share it with a middle grade reader in your family, don’t be surprised if they want to do some baking after they read this book because each chapter starts with a pie recipe.  I didn’t try any of them, but they sure looked good to me.

This book is full of great characters like Alice and her friend Charlie.  They’re curious, clever, and loyal.  When things occur that they don’t understand, they set out to figure them out.  Sometimes they jump to the wrong conclusion and set out on the wrong path, but they don’t give up.

The story in Pie is wonderful too!  Everyone wants to step into Polly’s shoes and bake award winning pies but no one has much success.  Someone is even trying to steal the pie crust recipe and Alice and Charlie set out to figure out who.  It’s a fun mystery with a sweet ending that I think young readers will really enjoy – I know I did!  I think girls in particular will enjoy this wonderful book.

For more children’s books reviews, go to Booking Mama’s feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week,  leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

Review copy provided by Scholastic. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
23 Comments leave one →
  1. October 15, 2011 4:47 am

    What a delightful book! I do like the sound of this one. Food books always make me happy.

  2. October 15, 2011 7:42 am

    What a cute cover!

  3. Caitie F permalink
    October 15, 2011 8:25 am

    So glad you liked this! I thought it was a delightful book that MG readers would love!

  4. October 15, 2011 8:42 am

    This does sound like a very sweet story…

  5. October 15, 2011 8:50 am

    Haha, I just love the naughty cat on the cover 🙂

  6. October 15, 2011 9:11 am

    Oh how cute! My niece would have eaten up this book (ha!) when she was a middle grade reader. The cover is adorable.

  7. October 15, 2011 9:22 am

    This sounds like a lot of fun. I love Candace’s comment!

  8. October 15, 2011 9:39 am

    This looks like such a cute book that will probably get a lot of little girls in the mood to cook! Great review on it. I need to check it out!

  9. October 15, 2011 9:51 am

    I just got this in my Scholastic book order this past week. I can’t wait to read it.

  10. October 15, 2011 9:59 am

    Can’t wait to read this!!! Great review.

  11. October 15, 2011 10:18 am

    This sounds cute and clever. Great find.

  12. October 15, 2011 12:09 pm

    This sounds like an adorable story. I love the simple cover! It’s quite eye-catching!

  13. October 15, 2011 12:33 pm

    I like that you combined a food book and a Kid Connection book. Pie sounds charming,

  14. October 15, 2011 1:05 pm

    This sounds like it might be a great match for my fifth grader’s reading tastes – being fond of cats, reading, baking, and desserts. I’m adding it to my tbr (to be requested) list 🙂

  15. October 15, 2011 3:56 pm

    Oh, I want to read this! Thanks so much.

  16. October 15, 2011 4:41 pm

    Mmmm pie 😀 I hope they found the bad guy

  17. October 15, 2011 4:55 pm

    Weeks is a popular author in my school….love this one. Will have to order it!

  18. October 15, 2011 5:01 pm

    I love pie…lol

  19. October 15, 2011 9:28 pm

    Love the cover and the story. Makes me want to buy the book just for the pie recipes!

  20. October 15, 2011 9:34 pm

    My 9 yr old loved most of this book, and, yes, has been begging me to make pies (with store-bought crust, since she’s convinced I won’t be able to make one without Polly’s recipe!)

  21. October 15, 2011 9:49 pm

    This sounds like a book that my 8 year-old would love! I’m adding it to our tbr list!

  22. October 16, 2011 8:13 pm

    With a few tweaks, it sounds like this could easily be turned into a cozy mystery!

  23. Mckenzie Simpson permalink
    November 12, 2013 6:56 pm

    This book really is great and my kids loved it too

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