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More Pies! [Hardcover]

Robert Munsch , Michael Martchenko
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Sept. 1 2002
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

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Robert Munsch serves up more of his offbeat humour in More Pies, the story of a boy with an insatiable appetite. As with many of the bestselling author's picture books, the idea for More Pies! came from a young fan who, in this case, wrote him a "really nice letter" and consequently "got to be a character in this book." The concept is simple but rich in comic potential. Sam wakes up really hungry one morning. His accommodating mother permits him to devour three servings of breakfast, including a salad bowl full of cereal, four milkshakes, four stacks of pancakes, and a fried chicken. But when he demands seven more chickens, she orders him outdoors, exclaiming in the words of many a snacked-out parent, "Nothing more to eat until lunch!"

With the casual aplomb so typical of Munsch's child characters, Sam decides to appease his cravings by taking a bus downtown and entering a pie-eating contest in Vancouver's Stanley Park. Needless to say, he eats his three beefy competitors (a firefighter, a lumberjack, and a construction worker) under the table. But even Sam can get too much of a good thing as he discovers when he returns home to find his mother baking him--you guessed it--more pies.

Another of Munsch's collaborations with the zany illustrator Michael Martchenko, More Pies! offers all the predictable repetition, kid-pleasing exaggeration, and silly sound effects ("Chuka--Chuka--Chuka--CHOMP") that have made this Ontario storyteller a household name. Although the story is not nearly as satisfying as Munsch classics like The Paper Bag Princess or Thomas' Snowsuit, Munsch- hungry youngsters will undoubtedly lap this book up and beg for more. (Ages 3 to 7) --Lisa Alward --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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PreSchool-Grade 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
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Munsch/Martchenko Dec 4 2003
Format:Hardcover
Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko are a winning team in childrens' books, and this is another one of their terrific partnerships. Munsch's well-paced tales coupled with Martchenko's vivid and funny artwork encourage preschoolers and young grade schoolers to reread their books many times over.
This book features a very hungry little boy, his exasperated mom, and a pie-eating contest. My kids howled with laughter at how much Samuel tried to eat for breakfast. The pictures of Samuel out-chowing the three big men are terrific, and the look on his face when he returns home is even better.
An outlandish tale in the tradition of Paul Bunyan for preschoolers, complete with a Babe-sized stomach ache, this is a rippin' good yarn. Stick in two thumbs, pull out two plums, and point them up, way up, for More Pies!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Wonderful story March 28 2003
By Leanne
Format:Hardcover
I have my own daycare and this is one of the children's favorite stories to read. They love to participate with our reading activities and this book gives them just that opportunity. I would highly recommend this book to anyone. It is a fun story about a young boy who's appetite is endless. This is one of my favorite Robert Munsch stories that we own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Munsch/Martchenko Dec 4 2003
By Maddi Hausmann Sojourner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko are a winning team in childrens' books, and this is another one of their terrific partnerships. Munsch's well-paced tales coupled with Martchenko's vivid and funny artwork encourage preschoolers and young grade schoolers to reread their books many times over.
This book features a very hungry little boy, his exasperated mom, and a pie-eating contest. My kids howled with laughter at how much Samuel tried to eat for breakfast. The pictures of Samuel out-chowing the three big men are terrific, and the look on his face when he returns home is even better.
An outlandish tale in the tradition of Paul Bunyan for preschoolers, complete with a Babe-sized stomach ache, this is a rippin' good yarn. Stick in two thumbs, pull out two plums, and point them up, way up, for More Pies!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Wonderful story March 28 2003
By Leanne - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have my own daycare and this is one of the children's favorite stories to read. They love to participate with our reading activities and this book gives them just that opportunity. I would highly recommend this book to anyone. It is a fun story about a young boy who's appetite is endless. This is one of my favorite Robert Munsch stories that we own.
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite decided Jan. 13 2009
By J. Kruis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I decided to check out this author because he was on several of the schoolastic book orders for my kids. I have a three kids under 5 yrs old and my 2 year old likes the funny sounds, and pictures, but sometimes get distracted. Some pages are pretty long, probably aimed at a little older reader, but my 4 year old loves to hear them! This one and smelly socks are some of the cutest ones I've read by Munsch.

Generally, I really likes his books, but I have a little issue with the kids' behavior at times. In More Pies, the boy demands more food, throws a fit and screams and tells someone "give me pie". Now, it's not a huge thing in the story, but I'm not excited about the boys manners or lack of. I do feel like you can downplay the "attitude" a little by the way you read it since it's not a major part of the story.

So, the moments of bad manners are subtle, but there. I love the story with all its humor and so do my kids. We've checked it out at the library, but will I buy it for keeps, I'm not quite decided...
4.0 out of 5 stars When a little kid stares down three BIG guys, you know who's gonna win Oct. 5 2009
By Ulyyf - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a typical Munsch book - weird setting, over-the-top pictures and reactions, cool sound effects, repetition in threes, and lots of funny.

It's really like an intro to tall tales, this book - we've got a kid who eats seven fried chickens and pancakes for breakfast, and who wins a pie-eating contest against a lumberjack, a truck driver, and a construction worker (who turn various colors and fall under the table) and, naturally, pie for lunch. Gotta love it :P
5.0 out of 5 stars More Munsch! June 22 2007
By CalBearFan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Another winner from Robert Munsch!

The book features the usual dose of Munsch's sound effects and repetition, two traits that make it an engaging story for young readers. We read this story again and again to our 2-year-old. He just can't get enough.

My one criticism of the book is that Munsch's drawings of the Asian Canadian characters isn't that flattering. Being Asian American, I think I'm probably more sensitive to this though... :)
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