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Ugly Pie – Book Review – by S.A. Barone

UGLY PIE - Book Review
by S. A. Barone

Big old brown bear wakes up one day with a hunger for Ugly Pie.  The only ingredient he has in his cupboard is molasses.  What  could he do with just molasses?

His goal is to find an already made Ugly Pie and save himself some work.

His first stop is Grampa Grizzle, who tells him, “I don’t have no Ugly Pie!

Instead, Grampa Grizzle gives Bear an ingredient to make his own Ugly Pie.  Bear travels from place  to place followed by a little fox, a raccoon, and a porcupine; they were all secretly hoping to get a piece of Ugly Pie.

Everywhere Bear stopped someone gave him an ingredient to make Ugly Pie.  No one had an already baked Ugly Pie.

Finally Bear made his way back home with all the ingredients he had collected.   He unpacked wrinkled red raisins, sour green apples, and bumpy brown walnuts. Could Bear make an Ugly Pie all by himself?

To everyone’s surprise, Bear concocted the best tasting Ugly Pie.  Bear shared his pie will all his friends, including the fox, raccoon, and porcupine.

Lisa Wheeler has an incredible imagination.  This is one book that small children will want to hear over and over again.  They might even want their mom’s to make them an Ugly Pie.  Have no fear; the author did include a recipe for making Ugly Pie.

Illustrator, Heather Solomon, used beautiful bright watercolors and acrylics to make these characters and their surroundings come to life.  She dressed each character in brightly colored clothes.   Bear wore a bright shirt as well as brightly colored pants.  This book is a must for small children.

I know after reading this delightful story, I think I’m going to make an Ugly Pie for dessert tonight! Happy Reading!

S.A. Barone

Shirley is a published children’s writer. She has publishing credits in Highlights for Children, Turtle, Children’s Playmate, Humpty Dumpty, and Chicken Soup for the Pre-teen Soul. Shirley  has won a Distinguished Meritorious Service Award from the California School Boards Association for authoring an elective program that was adopted in schools in the Western United States and in areas of New York City. To learn more about Shirley and her art, visit www.sabarone.com

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