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Book: A Pie Went By
Author: Carolyn Dunn
Illustrator: Christopher Santoro
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, 2000
ISBN-10: 0060288086 (hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-0060288082 (hardcover)
ISBN-10: 0060288078 (paperback)
ISBN-13: 978-0060288075 (paperback)
Language level: 1 (nothing objectionable)
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Rating: 4 stars (GOOD)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Dunn, Carolyn. A Pie Went By (published in 2000 by HarperCollins Publishers). King Bing is on his way to ask Queen Bea for her hand in marriage. An oversized cherry pie which he has baked and is taking to the Queen sits under his golden crown and attracts a parade of hungry critters. Everyone wants a taste! A spotted cow, ants, a gray dog, a yellow chick, and a frantic fly would prefer to eat it themselves. The animals try to trick him into dropping the treat. “‘Play leap frog?’ asked the dog.” Will King Bing ever make it to Queen Bea’s castle? Will she say yes? And what will become of that pie?
When our younger son Jeremy was five, we checked this book out of the library for him. The humorous names and the cumulative, rhymed, repetitive phrases, such as “‘Highbrow,’ mooed the cow,” are perfect first for reading to a beginning reader and then having him read along. The illustrations with exaggerated features on the animals are also funny. In addition, a recipe for “King Bing’s Easy Cherry Pie” is provided, and while readers enjoy the book, the pie can be baking in the oven. Carolyn Dunn is the mother of four grown daughters. A Pie Went By is her first book.