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Apple Pie ABC

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  320 ratings  ·  104 reviews
When an apple pie arrives piping hot on the kitchen table, a little pup does everything from A to Z to get his paws on it. He Ogles it. He Pines for it. But will his ABC antics land him a slice?

APPLE PIE ABC is a delicious twist on traditional verse brought to life by Alison Murray's simple words and whimsical illustrations. Sure to delight readers of all ages, it's a boo
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 31st 2011 by Disney-Hyperion (first published May 6th 2010)
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Jane G Meyer
I absoluteley loved, adored, rooted this book on until I turned to the very last page. Ugh...
Really, the illustrations are amazing, the text is fun, the choice of words, awesome... Even the feel of the paper and the choice of colors is just what I would have wished for on a book about apple pies and little girls and puppies...

Chalk this one up to another case of really bad manners. Here's the thing. There's this little dog who wants some of his (cute little girl) owner's apple pie. She eats her
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Tasha
A small black-and-white dog desperately wants a piece of apple pie in this alphabetical story. It all starts with a girl making A for apple pie and a happily sleeping dog. But as soon as the pie is in the oven with B for bake it, the dog is very interested in the pie. Then the pie must C for cool it and D for dish it out. Though the girl gets to eat some pie, the dog must make due with just a crumb. But after that one delicious crumb, he just can’t stop thinking about eating pie! This cheery pic ...more
paula
The beagle's name, I find out from the book's website, is Georgie. And the little girl in the blue jumper is Grace. A is for apple pie, and B C and D are the verbs Grace uses to bake it, cool it, and dish it out. After that, it's all Georgie, finding a crumb on the floor and then obsessing over that fat pie, plotting and pining in a realistically single-minded puppy way. Alison Murray's text is cool and simple and perky, getting around the tricky letters so smartly that I had to go back and look ...more
Maggie KutsBorg
This actually has promise as a readaloud - I just need to practice a little bit so I have some synonyms ready to go if the kids get confused by all the big vocabulary. (Oct 7 2014)

This went well at Toddler Time - I didn't do it as a straight readaloud, more as a series of pictures to discuss. I engaged the kids by asking them what the doggie was doing, where he was, having them make the motions that he does (licking, barking, running, jumping), and more. They had fun and they were very good at u
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Melissa
I grew up with the Kate Greenaway book so I was predisposed to like this one too! The illustrations are charming, the block-print feel of the pictures gives this version its own old-fashioned flavor. Lots of great details, like the dog's tail twirling in a circle of anticipation before he makes a break for the pie.
Paul  Hankins
Thank you, Professor Nana, for recommending this ABC book. The illustrations have a classic feel and draw upon the pacing of the alphabet to tell the story of a dog who tries to be good. But who can be good when their is hot-baked apple pie so near and so accessible.

Kathryn
What a fun, inventive addition to ABC books. I love how each letter helped tell the story of the little dog's attempts to eat an apple pie. Nice change of pace from each letter simply describing an object, for example. The illustrations are cute as can be!
Maria Celis
Murray, Alison. Apple Pies ABC (2010). An adventurous puppy pursues a just-baked apple pie, making many attempts to get just one bite. The puppy’s antics at getting a treat are told through alphabetic actions leading to a momentous moment that leave the puppy and reader satisfied. Debuting as both author and artist, Alison Murray illustrates the story by keeping the dog simple in contrast with the surrounding space of muted beige hues accentuated by the large red and orange shapes of the letters ...more
Lisa E
Murray, A. (2011). Apple Pie ABC. New York: Disney-Hyperion.

Alphabet Category

Children’s Literature Review (2011), School Library Journal Review (2011).

In the picture book, Murray introduces in bold letters the alphabet letters. The book starts with apple pie and the next letters such as b, c, d are used in the form of verbs to make an apple pie; b is for bake it, c is for cool it, d is for dish it out, etc. The dog has funny facial expression in the book which attracts young readers.

The bold
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David
Apple Pie ABC by Alison Murray starts with a girl baking an apple pie but soon revolves around a hungry black and white dog who must get a piece of that pie!

After a girl makes, bakes, cools and dishes out a slice of apple pie for herself, a little black and white dog gets a taste of a crumb of it, then works through the rest of the alphabet to get more apple pie.

The short, simple text serves up both an abc book and a cute story about a dog hungry for apple pie. The letters stand for various part
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Sarah
Not only am I hungry for Apple Pie, but the cover had a snoopy-like dog, which is always okay in my book (pun!). This made me smile; watching a cute dog 'pine' for some pie made me hope that he would get it! For a child, they'd likely do the same, and would learn something! This scenario is also very common among many households (the dog wanting human food), so there are different levels of interest. Obviously being a children's ABC picture book, it's an easy read, but it's easy in the sense tha ...more
Katie
Apple Pie ABC is a great ABC book by Alison Murray. This book goes through the entire alphabet, and for each letter there is a word or phrase that goes with each letter that is about apple pie. A little girl and her dog bake an apple pie. When it's done baking, the little girl puts it on the table to cool. The dogs tries to taste it, and gets in trouble. He keeps trying to get a taste throughout the story, and he ends up dumping the entire pie on the floor. He gets tired and full, and the story ...more
Heather
Apple Pie ABC, written and illustrated by Alison Murray, depicts a puppy (who looks an awful lot like Snoopy to me) going to great lengths to get to a little girl's freshly made apple pie. Each letter of the alphabet is represented by the puppy doing something beginning with the letter to get the pie. I liked the pictures in this book, as well as the way they were laid out. The pictures had color, but stuck to a palate of mainly reds oranges and blues, and the patterned kitchen floor created som ...more
Amy
Nostalgic pictures with a Snoopy-like dog fill this book with charm. A scheming dog finally snatches and eats a pie that his little-girl owner won't let him have. The book progresses in short phrases beginning with each letter of the alphabet. Many are verb phrases, as in "B bake it C cool it D dish it out." I began to feel the dog's pain at that point as he watches his girl eat a piece without offering him any. The book built further with "Q quietly determined R ready S steady T time to go." As ...more
Kristina Lareau
This is a fun alphabet story that is moved along by the progression of the alphabet. Whereas most alphabet books feel forced with their selection of words and phrases to fit a theme, this one was extremely well-done, using each letter to move a plot forward rather than emphasize a specific letter. The illustrations felt nostalgic--almost like woodcuts--but with an air of movement still.
Kim T.
This book was very simple, extremely cute, and totally interesting. I loved how the author worked her way through the alphabet. Watching the dog's antics was hilarious. He was such a bad boy, but he was so adorable that it was hard to be upset. Too funny!
Dani Paiz
Cute book, it recites the alphabet and tells the story of a dog trying to get apple pie. This is good for letter knowledge. I'd recommend it for ages 0-4.
Karen
My newly-five-year-old son picked this book out from the library today. He was looking for an ABC book, and this one kind of jumped out at him.

I liked this book for the most part. I loved that the alphabet was used to tell a story -- very clever. I liked the retro-looking illustration, so retro, in fact, that the dog looked like Snoopy from the very early Peanuts comic strips.

I liked much of the book, except the ending. It felt flat. I didn't need a moral or anything so high-minded. It just fel
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Library Quine
An ABC book with a tail/tale to tell. Georgie the dog is tantalised by a freshly baked apple pie. The illustrations tell the story with minimal text, and they capture the thoughts and actions of the dog beautifully. The end papers give more to talk about what goes into an apple pie too! I aim to read this will all my groups, I think thet'll all love it (at different levels). Disappointed that it didn't show lower as well as upper case letters. There is a discrepancy between the case of the lette ...more
Kim
The dog steals the show in this ABC concept book. As a young girl bakes a pie and lets it cool, her dog becomes more and more determined to share in its deliciousness. The girl is oblivious to his begging and jumping, though, and shows him outside mercilessly. But he does not give up... back inside, he schemes until he finds a way to make the pie his own. Young readers will be fully engaged in his alphabetical thought process: "Apple pie-- Bake it-- Cool it-- Dish it out-- Eager for it-- Find a ...more
Alicia
Luke's comment after reading this book the first time: "cool book, read it again?" Luke's comment after reading this book the second time: "Love this book!" I enjoyed it too. It's an abc book with a twist - all the words they choose center around a dog trying his hardest to get at the apple pie that just came out of the oven. This is one I would likely buy.
Phannie
an okay story, but not my favorite ABC book. I would choose others over this one.
Ina
Mix one apple pie, one cute girl and one absolutely adorable, determined puppy; stir in one concept and 26 beautiful, humorous illustrations and you have one great story time read aloud. My audience loved this book and loved yelling out each letter and reacting to the dogs actions. E is for "Eager for it" illustrated by the dog pushing his bowl to where the girl and the pie sit at the kitchen table...I is for in trouble - as the girl chastises the dog for jumping at the table. In the end the "qu ...more
Dee
Alright you have the over the top giddy dog about apple pie. The illustrations are very two tone and kinda blah. It took creativity to tell the story with the letter and pretty good. I think they could've done better with X. "Exiting..." Does not start with X so I was disappointed with that. Spoiler alert.......but the dog totally eats the pie/makes a mess and isn't scolded. Um, what about consequences for poor behavior? At least a tummy ache and not just "zzzzzzzzz go to sleep and dream of it." ...more
Tiffany
Super duper cute unique alphabet book.
Mckinley
A dog's fixation with a freshly baked apple pie is played out via the alphabet.
Dan Cornellier
A fun little book I read for class.
Asho
This week's library book bundle is Cake and Pie themed (which, of course me and my sweet tooth couldn't resist!). This was the first book from the bundle, and it's a winner. I loved the illustrations, which are bold and have a retro feel. I loved how cleverly the author included each letter of the alphabet in the tale of a dog attemping to sneak a taste of apple pie. My baby was very enthusiastic about the illustrations. There was a lot of arm flailing and excited shrieking while we read this on ...more
Arthur Pengerbil
Reading Level: Ages 3 - 5

Library Lady's dog here. I saw this alphabet book today and it kept me on the edge of my dog bed! The poor little puppy in the book really wants some apple pie, but his mean human won't let him have any! He even gets scolded when he tries to have a lick of it, like that is something wrong to do. Luckily there is a happy ending.




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Alison Murray studied textile and interactive media design. After graduating, she moved to London where she did a variety of jobs, including selling books and designing rugs, before cofounding a successful interactive media company. She now mainly works as an illustrator and author of picture books, but still dabbles with interactive media and web design. She has published several books, including ...more
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