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SWEET DREAM PIE – Book Review by S. A. Barone


Book Review by S. A. Barone

Sweet Dream Pie is another wonderful book written by Audrey Wood and illustrated by Mark Teague.

I love this book for many reasons, a few being,  it is such a fun book to read to small children, it’s great to watch their eyes open wide when they see the pictures of the Sweet Dream Pie that Ma Brindle makes, and I love the fantastic illustrations.

This book is loaded with humor and fun.  When Ma Brindle makes her Sweet Dream Pie and she rolls out the dough with her extra-large rolling pin everyone in the neighborhood rolls out of their beds onto the floor, including little Amy McPherson.  The entire neighborhood knows what’s coming.  Ma Brindle’s gigantic, enormous, and bigger than a building, Sweet Dream Pie.

Once the pie crusts are done, Ma Brindle, with the help of her husband, Pa Brindle, begin throwing every sweet treat they could find into the enormous mixing bowl. They tossed in jelly beans, gumdrops, bubble gum, marshmallows, candy corn to name a few.   There were clouds of powdered sugar dust flying out the windows floating all over town.  A chocolate tornado sprang up and whirled down the street, knocking the little newspaper boy off his bike and when Ma Brindle turned on her special oven to bake her pie the entire neighborhood suffered a very uncomfortable heat wave until the pie was done.

There are so many funny events that happen in this book before the Sweet Dream Pie is ready to eat and after it’s done and eaten,  it just too good of a book not to read.  Audrey Wood has once again come up with a book that is full of exciting and fun things that any child would love.  The acrylic illustrations are outstanding.  They are bright, colorful, and the characters all have their own individual personalities that the artist so beautifully captured.

This is another book that is a must for a child’s library.

Happy Reading!

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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