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Enemy Pie
Contributor(s): Munson, Derek, King, Tara Calahan (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 081182778X     ISBN-13: 9780811827782
Publisher: Chronicle Books Llc
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Binding Type: School And Library - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: September 2000

Annotation: Hoping that the enemy pie which his father makes will help him get rid of his enemy, a little boy finds that instead it helps make a new friend. Accompanied by full-color illustrations, this story serves up a lesson in the difficulties and ultimate rewards of making new friends.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Friendship; Fiction.
Fathers and sons; Fiction.
Pies; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
- Juvenile Fiction | Family | Parents
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 99050821
Lexile Measure: 330
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 2-3, Age 7-8
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 10.50" H x 8.50" W x 0.50" (0.95 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 45222
Reading Level: 3.2   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q24973
Reading Level: 3.1   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 2.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
It was the perfect summer. That is, until Jeremy Ross moved into the house down the street and became neighborhood enemy number one. Luckily Dad had a surefire way to get rid of enemies: Enemy Pie. But part of the secret recipe is spending an entire day playing with the enemy

In this funny yet endearing story, one little boy learns an effective recipes for turning your best enemy into your best friend. Accompanied by charming illustrations, "Enemy Pie" serves up a sweet lesson in the difficulties and ultimate rewards of making new friends.

Contributor Bio(s): Derek Munson lives in Washington state. This is his first book for children.

Tara Calahan King studied at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Tara lives in Ohio with her husband Rick. This is her first book for children.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2001 Spring)
To help his son get rid of a perceived ""enemy,"" a wise father agrees to bake his famous Enemy Pie. The suspense around the mysterious pie builds as the boy fulfills his end of the bargain by spending what becomes a very enjoyable day with the now-former enemy. This sly tale is further enhanced by warm colored-pencil illustrations featuring goofy globe-headed characters. Copyright 2001 Horn Book Guide Reviews

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2000 December)
K-Gr 3-What should have been a perfect summer for one young boy is ruined when Jeremy Ross moves in and becomes number one on the narrator's enemy list. Fortunately, his father has a secret recipe for a pie that is guaranteed to help get rid of enemies. While Dad works on mixing the ingredients and baking the pie, heexplains his son's role in the plan: "-you need to spend a day with your enemy. Even worse, you have to be nice to him." It sounds tough, but the boy decides to give it a try. Predictably, between throwing water balloons at the girls, playingbasketball, and hiding out in the tree house, he decides that Jeremy is not so bad after all. There's still the problem of the pie, however. When his father serves up the dessert, the young protagonist decides to warn Jeremy that it is "poisonous or something." However, it seems that both his father and his new friend are just fine, and what's more, the pie is delicious. This is a clever tale with an effective message about how to handle relationships and conflict. King's stylized and humorous illustrations, done in colored pencil and pastel, will work well with a group.-Roxanne Burg, Thousand Oaks Library, CA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 February)


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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 July)

Gr 1—3—For a young boy, it's going to be the perfect summer: his father has helped him build a tree house, his sister is away at camp for three whole weeks, and he is part of the best baseball team around. The summer can't get any better, until it gets worse. Joaquín Rojas moves into the neighborhood and becomes the protagonist's number one enemy. When he has a trampoline party at his house, Joaquín doesn't invite the protagonist, but he does invite his best friend, Esteban. The boy writes down Joaquín's name on his enemy list in his tree house and confides his feelings to his father, who suggests they bake Joaquín a cake for enemies. The boy can't wait! Will it taste bad? Will it smell bad? His father tells him, that for the cake to work, he must spend the day with Joaquín so that he doesn't grow suspicious. His father begins to bake the cake as the boy invites Joaquín to play, but then something starts to happen: Joaquín starts to become his friend. Filled with fun illustrations that match perfectly with the witty text and show characters with large smiles that leap from the page, this is sure to be an entertaining—and important—read for children. VERDICT This fine translation of an English title, originally published in 2000, is a perfect addition to children's collections, and especially necessary to show young readers the importance of extending friendship to others. Highly recommended.—Selenia Paz, Harris County Public Library, Houston, TX

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