OF LOVE AND PIES

Initially, the narrator’s idea seems flawless—just say three words, and one can have pie for lunch, dinner, snacks, or even breakfast. Eventually, the sheer number of pies is enough to climb to the moon and more than would satisfy a giant. Readers are urged to imagine playing frisbee with pies or simply jumping into their gooey goodness. But the narrator notes that some people would overeat and that uneaten pies would attract flies and worse. How can this delightful fantasy keep from getting too sticky? McGraw, the illustrator of the bestselling 1986 picture book Love You Forever, presents a charming tale, fueled by humor, which ends on a note of sincerity. The simple rhyming scheme effectively establishes a playful rhythm and tone. The author presents a relatable yet highly inventive situation, allowing readers the opportunity to think beyond the bounds of the story. McGraw’s color illustrationsrange from a trio of small pictures to detailed, half-page renderings. They’re all full of movement, reflecting the events of the text. The fantasy takes a serious turn rather suddenly when it briefly mentions pie problems, which seem oversimplified. Overall, though, the tale’s ultimate message of love will satisfy readers.

OF LOVE AND PIES
Initially, the narrator’s idea seems flawless—just say three words, and one can have pie for lunch, dinner, snacks, or even breakfast. Eventually, the sheer number of pies is enough to climb to the moon and more than would satisfy a giant. Readers are urged to imagine playing frisbee with pies or simply jumping into their gooey goodness. But the narrator notes that some people would overeat and that uneaten pies would attract flies and worse. How can this delightful fantasy keep from getting too sticky? McGraw, the illustrator of the bestselling 1986 picture book Love You Forever, presents a charming tale, fueled by humor, which ends on a note of sincerity. The simple rhyming scheme effectively establishes a playful rhythm and tone. The author presents a relatable yet highly inventive situation, allowing readers the opportunity to think beyond the bounds of the story. McGraw’s color illustrationsrange from a trio of small pictures to detailed, half-page renderings. They’re all full of movement, reflecting the events of the text. The fantasy takes a serious turn rather suddenly when it briefly mentions pie problems, which seem oversimplified. Overall, though, the tale’s ultimate message of love will satisfy readers.