Work Title: All for Pie, Pie for All
Work Author(s): David Martin; Valeri Gorbachev, illustrator
Color illustrations, 24 pages, Hardcover $15.99
Children's Picture Book
Reviewer: Jeanne M. Lesinski
Bespectacled Grandma Cat knowingly glances over her shoulder at the Cat family, Mouse family, and Ant family, who are already thinking about how much they will enjoy sharing---down to the last bite---the delicious apple pie she has baked. The author, whose previous books include We've All Got Bellybuttons! and Piggy and Dad Go Fishing, was inspired for this tasty picture book by his own pie-baking experiences and the motto of the Three Musketeers.
The whole Cat family enjoys Grandma Cat's pie, leaving a single piece. While the Cats nap with their stomachs full, the Mouse family, led by Grandma Mouse, has its dessert, leaving only six crumbs. While the Mouse family, now also full, naps, the Ant family, lead by Grandma Ant, eats its dessert. Finally, Baby Ant, yelling "Pie," walks off with the very last crumb. When Grandma Cat decides to bake another pie, she has fifteen helpers: cats, mice, and ants. Anyone who has cooked with young children will see the humor in this situation: the "helpers" make a mess, which the illustrator portrays as a swashbuckling adventure in baking.
As the plot...