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More pies!
Publication Information:
New York : Cartwheel Books, 2002.
Physical Description:
26 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Samuel, a very hungry boy, joins a pie-eating contest at the park.
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Samuel has woken up hungry and it seems that nothing can satisfy him. For breakfast he eats huge bowls of cereal, milk shakes, stacks of pancakes, and two fried chickens, but it's not enough. Luckily, there's a pie eating contest in the park, where Samuel eats not one not two, but SIX pies - CHUKA CHUKA CHOMP! To everyone's surprise, he wins the contest without turning green and falling under the table. But what will happen when he discovers his mother has made him yet another pie for lunch?! Munsch's rollicking read-aloud text blends flawlessly with Martchenko's bright and playful illustrations. More Pies! is a hilarious story sure to delight Munsch fans of all ages.1

Author Notes

Robert Munsch was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 11, 1945. He received an undergraduate degree in history and a master's degree in anthropology. While studying to be a Jesuit priest, he worked part-time at an orphanage. He decided he liked working with children and left the Jesuits after 7 years to work in a daycare center. He studied for a year at the Elliot Pearson School of Child Studies at Tufts University. He ended up at a lab preschool at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario and eventually became a Canadian citizen.

While working at a daycare center and telling stories to children, he realized that storytelling was what he loved to do and eventually he started writing the stories down. His first published title was Mud Puddle. He has written over 50 books including Love You Forever, Mortimer, Angela's Airplane, Andrew's Loose Tooth, Stephanie's Ponytail, Moira's Birthday, and Put Me in a Book.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Samuel wakes up famished, as Martchenko humorously demonstrates in a colorful, cartoonlike illustration that shows the child's pillow, magazine, and teddy bear with big bites taken out of them. Although his indulgent mom seems willing to feed his enormous appetite, after three bowls of cereal, four milk shakes, four stacks of pancakes, and a fried chicken, she is fed up. Frustrated and "starving," the child jumps on his brother's suggestion that he enter a local pie-eating contest. Of course, he is victorious. Returning home with his prize, he is dismayed to find that his mother has baked him pies for lunch. Munsch's fast-moving plot and deadpan delivery combine with Martchenko's bright hues and outrageous exaggeration to create a typically zany whole. Fans of this author/illustrator team will enjoy their latest collaboration.-Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Horn Book Review

Samuel woke up really hungry. Despite many servings of breakfast, nothing sates him until he goes head-to-head with three enormous men in a pie-eating contest. Samuel wins and goes home for lunch where his mother has baked-pies. The bright, garish illustrations complement this over-the-top story, which is mildly amusing in a gross-out kind of way. From HORN BOOK Spring 2003, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

A rather lackluster story about the bottomless pit that is one boy's stomach, gains some momentum from Martchenko's (Makeup Mess, not reviewed, etc.) hoppin' watercolors. Samuel woke up hungry, really hungry. He has already made significant headway through his pillow, while he was asleep. His mother plies him with cereal and stacks of pancakes and more pancakes and more cereal and a roasted chicken. But Samuel's demand for seven roasted chickens pulls her up short. No more food until lunchtime, she declares. Samuel heads for the backyard to gnash and wail and cry starvation until his brother alerts him to a pie-eating contest at the park. (Martchenko does a nice job of calling up what looks like Vancouver, British Columbia.) Hardly surprising, Samuel eats a lumberjack, a fireman, and a construction worker under the table, before returning home to a pie his mother had made for his lunch, whereupon, also unsurprisingly, Samuel gets a little green around the gills and slumps to the floor. Enter his younger brother, ready to take on all comers. No twist is tendered to give this old tale some new tension, so the story serves only as Muzak to Martchenko's sight gags, burly chowhounds, and a boy whose stomach was always bigger than his eyes. (Picture book 3-6)