Humble Pie by Jennifer Donnelly

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Only Theo's grandmother sees the truth about the boy: He's as spoiled as a rotten old apple!

That is why, on one of Theo's naughtiest, grabbiest, mouthiest days, Grandmother decides to bake him a pie.

Young Theo has never seen the like. Its crust is as big as a bedsheet; its filling of plums, cherries, peaches, pears, apples, and quince is as tempting as any sweet feast ever set before a boy. But when he greedily reaches out for a taste, little Theo bites off a lot more than he can chew!

Jennifer Donnelly's wise and funny tale has inspired pictures of modern-day wit and medieval charm from a master of artistic antics, Stephen Gammell.


About Jennifer Donnelly

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Jennifer Donnelly lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and two greyhounds. She loves to eat pie. Coconut cream is her favorite. Humble Pie is her first book for children.
Published September 1, 2002 by Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A dynamite union of a debut author with a veteran illustrator teaches a wry lesson with a unique scheme.

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Theo has earned a village-wide reputation for being greedy and grabby. While the locals all have theories about the root of the problem, Theo's grandmother knows the true cause: he is spoiled r

Jul 08 2002 | Read Full Review of Humble Pie

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She mixes Theo in with the fruit filling and covers it with crust, and not even Theo's worst tantrums get him out.

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