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Once I Ate a Pie

by Patricia MacLachlan and Emily MacLachlan Charest
Illustrated by Katy Schneider

Published by Joanna Cotler Books / HarperCollins, 2006
32 pages
ISBN: 0060735317

Ages 5-9

Thirteen illustrated poems, each in the voice of a different dog, capture distinctive canine personalities. “I want my people in a group. Like sheep,” says Gus. “I love the couch. It is mine,” says Lucy, adopted from a shelter. “I am not thin, but I am beautiful,” says Mr. Beefy, who concludes a description of how he loves to steal food with “Once I ate a PIE.” Petite Louis “used to nip. Now I BARK.” Darla likes to “bat the bell that hangs next to the door,” to tell her people she wants to go out. “I bat the bell many times a day. / The people are very tired.” Full of humor, wit, and affection, these poems have appeal that will go far beyond dog lovers. Captivating illustrations—portraits of each dog— accompany the poems.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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