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Humble Pie

3.55  ·  Rating Details  ·  73 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
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
Paperback, 32 pages
Published October 29th 2007 by Aladdin
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Lisa Frase
Jan 11, 2011 Lisa Frase rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
One of my favorite authors of young adult and adult literary fiction is Jennifer Donnelly. I recently discovered her picture book Humble Pie. This original story is a funny little medieval tale about a spoiled and selfish boy who nearly gets baked in a humble pie. The is a character transformation story with a strong beginning, middle, and end. The story moves along at a nice clip, and uses a lot of snappy language and various sentence structures. It's a great read aloud and has lots of teaching ...more
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A snotty, bratty boy finally gets his "just desserts" when his grandmother bakes him into a pie and all the people and animals he abused do nothing to help him get out.

Illustrations are okay.
Jul 13, 2012 Lindsay rated it really liked it
I originally picked this up simply because I love Jennifer Donnelly, and really didn't believe that anything written by her could possibly be bad. Not only was I right, but it was actually pretty great! My kids absolutely loved the story, and the artwork. And I loved the moral. Maybe a little of the message will later be remembered. ;)
Mar 31, 2011 Ryan rated it liked it
I was curious about a children's book written by someone who writes historical fiction for young adults. The illustrations are very fun, and the book is sweet (no pun there). It was a little unclear exactly why the boy was a spoiled brat - he certainly was and certainly learned something from not quite being baked into a pie.
Dec 04, 2011 Matthew rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was an okay story, though the grandmother's punishment was a bit on the cruel side. The kid nearly was cooked and eaten rather than learning his lesson. The whole scare you straight angle was definitely the focus of this one. The story had a well-paced plot, but I don't know.
A selfish young boy who is spoiled and entitled gets put into a pie. His grandmother says only he can get himself out. Eventually, he learns an important lesson about humility and unselfish behavior.
Sep 22, 2012 Alicia rated it really liked it
Gammel is an amazing illustrator. (He won the Caldecott for Song and Dance Man). This book is also filled with colorful, quirky pictures that add a lot to the already adequate words. Cute story.
Dec 14, 2015 Maxwell rated it it was ok
Shelves: naughty-books
Max did not really understand the incantations or the idea of humble pie. Rather random and disconcerting. But it had enough parts he liked, he likes books about children that misbehave.
Sep 27, 2013 Heloyce rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
This is not a true story. Bad as my piecrust may be, it was never this flexible. Nevertheless, while the tale is unbelievable, the moral is true.
Jan 02, 2013 Sarah rated it it was ok
Shelves: children, candy
Grandma teaches her spoiled grandson a letting him see how those around him see him and how those less fortunate live.
Feb 11, 2015 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
This is great. I will use it for story time when I am doing kindness. Oh the just desserts.
Jul 03, 2014 Brindi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, folklore
wonderful illustrations with a great moral story
Very good story- love teh illustrations.
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Jennifer Donnelly is the author of nine novels - These Shallow Graves, Dark Tide, Rogue Wave, Deep Blue, Revolution, A Northern Light, The Tea Rose, The Winter Rose and The Wild Rose - and Humble Pie, a picture book for children. She grew up in New York State, in Lewis and Westchester counties, and attended the University of Rochester where she majored in English Literature and European History.

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