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Apple Pie ABC

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  530 Ratings  ·  138 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
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 31st 2011 by Disney-Hyperion (first published May 6th 2010)
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Jane G Meyer
Nov 15, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Alissa Parker
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Title: Apple Pie ABC
Author: Alison Murray
Genre: Alphabet (ABC) Book
Theme(s): Alphabet, Dog
Opening line/sentence: (A apple pie)
Brief Book Summary: (Apple Pie ABC is an alphabet book about a little black and white dog begging for a piece of freshly baked apple pie. Once the dog has a crumb of the pie, he cannot stop thinking about it! Eventually he succeeds in getting the pie and he eats so much that it puts him to sleep.)
Professional Recommendation/Review #1: (CCBC (Cooperative Children's Book Ce
Apr 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
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
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
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.

Dec 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
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!
Paige Patterson
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Title: Apple Pie ABC

Author: Alison Murray

Illustrator: N/A

Genre: Alphabet (ABC) Book, Concept Book,

Theme(s): Alphabet, Food – Pies/Apples, Dogs, Baking,

Opening line/sentence: A apple pie.

Brief Book Summary: Apple pie ABC follows a dog as he watches his owner bake an apple pic. As the story progresses, the dog finds a crumb and begins attempts at getting to the pie. Despite his owner’s attempts to keep him away, the dog ultimately eats the pie and goes to sleep.

Professional Recommendation/Review #
Ashton Miller
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Title: Apple Pie ABC

Author: Alison Murray

Illustrator: Alison Murray

Genre: Concept Book, Alphabet Book

Theme: Alphabet, determination

Opening Line/Sentence: A-Apple Pie.

Brief Book Summary: The book goes through the alphabet while telling a story of a dog wanting to eat the apple pie that he sees. In the end, the dog ends up getting the pie and is satisfied.

Professional Recommendation/Review #1:
Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
A long-eared dog with a pa
Madison Monaco
Book Title: ABC Apple Pie
Author: Alison Murray
Genre: Alphabet (ABC) Book
Theme(s): Alphabet, Dog
Opening Line/Sentence: A: Apple Pie
Brief Book Summary: ABC Apple Pie is about a dog who is dying to have a piece of the freshly made apple pie on the kitchen table. The book goes from A-Z as the dog tries his best attempt to get the pie. The dog succeeds and eats so much of it that he falls asleep.
Professional Recommendations:
Janice Delong (Children’s Literature) “With letters large enough to be seen b
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apple Pie ABC by Alison Murray is an alphabet concept book that cleverly tells a story about one dog’s adventure in trying to get a taste of the great smelling pie his owner, a young girl, just baked in the kitchen’s oven. He is determined and resorts to all types of tricks and strategies to get a taste. In this board book edition each letter represents a word or first letter of a phrase in this adorable adventure that little ones ages 1-5 will enjoy. Although all children will end up rooting fo ...more
Lauren Schlueter
I chose this books under the category of the alphabet. This story is simply about a girl who made apple pie and ate it while her dog was watching and waiting to get a taste of the pie. I thought this book was interesting because even though it's purpose was to be a book with the letters of the alphabet, it also told a story. Many alphabet books just have the letters with a word that starts with that letter on a page and there is never really a connection between the pages, but this book keeps a ...more
Geoff Battle
Jul 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Alison Murray's story within Apple Pie ABC is a great read for toddlers, with scope for learning around behaviour, feelings, prepositions and improved vocabulary. Not bad for a small storybook. However, the ABC element feels somewhat mismatched. The story follows a dog's desire to eat an apple pie, with each page's actions starting with the next letter of the alphabet. It's difficult to relate the story (or indeed any phonetic reinforcement) to the sound/letter without losing any coherent story ...more
The boys loved reading this ABC story of a naughty dog wanting some apple pie! ;)
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: juv, 2017
Another alphabet book that tells a story by using the letters of the alphabet.
Eliot Reads
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very entertaining story about a dog pining for a pie while highlighting letters of the alphabet.
Valencia Buchtenkirch
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cute! The illustrations add a great deal to the story. I like how it builds by using the alphabet.
Oct 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 18, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Rudy Regalado
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: alphabet
Awards: None

Grade Level: ages 2-6 grades pre K -1

Summary: In this book we follow the dog's adventure waiting for the pie in the kitchen! He longs for a taste of it and he follows it all throughout the story. As he goes through his adventure the alphabet letters are shown on each page teaching children the alphabet in the process.

Review: I liked this book, but I didn't so much like what each letter of the alphabet stood for. I didn't feel like the choices were very fun or creative. I think this
Jan 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Chrissie Peria
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: miffy-s-books
I used to enjoy reading this book when my daughter was younger because I found the story cute and the illustrations adorable. But now that she's a toddler and I'm trying to teach her about manners, I realized that this is a bad reading choice for an impressionable child. We usually don't do direct reads, we insert a lot of storytelling and Q&A in between. (view spoiler) ...more
Apr 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
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
Ms. Kelly
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This alphabet board book is a fun book that can grow with your child, appealing to different stages of growth for different reasons.

The letters are presented in bright colors and in high contrast throughout the book, and typically somewhat visually isolated from the action of the story, allowing for separation.

The pictures tell a gently paced story about a dog really really trying to get a bite of pie. The illustrations are simple to look at, and appealing, with just enough detail to stare at fo
Lisa E
Sep 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: libs642
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
Maria Celis
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: etec545class2
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
Feb 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
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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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