American Pie


Children - Animals
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 03/19/2022
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Author Biography

Lynne Marie is the author of Hedgehog Goes to Kindergarten - art by Anne Kennedy (Scholastic 2011), Hedgehog's 100th Day of School – art by Lorna Hussey (Scholastic 2017), The Star of the Christmas Play -- art by Lorna Hussey (Beaming Books 2018), Moldilocks and the 3 Scares -- art by David Rodriguez Lorenzo (Sterling 2019 and Scholastic 2019), Let’s Eat! Mealtime Around the World -- art by Parwinder Singh (Beaming Books 2019), The Three Little Pigs and the Rocket Project (Mac and Cheese Press 2022), The Three Little Pigs and the Rocket Project Coloring Book (Mac and Cheese Press 2022), American Pie (Dancing Flamingo Press Spring 2022), and There Was a Blue Whale Who Tangled with Plastic (Dancing Flamingo Press Spring 2023). She’s also the Owner and Administrator of RateYourStory.org and a Travel Agent. She currently lives on a lake in South Florida with her family, a Schipperke named Anakin, where she can be found daydreaming and fracturing fairy tales. Visit her atwww.LiterallyLynneMarie.com. Lynne Marie is represented by Marisa Cleveland ofwww.theseymouragency.com

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rachelle Smith for Readers' Favorite

American Pie by author Lynne Marie, illustrated by Dea Lenihan, is an adorable story that is perfect for a July Fourth reading and the rest of the year as well. Starring Watson the Wombat, who is celebrating his first Fourth of July, the story introduces several problems that must be resolved. Watson wants to have a parade and a picnic. He also wants to make a pie. But how can you make a pie with no apples? The storyline allows readers to guess what Watson will do to satisfy his pie cravings and commemorate the day with fun festivities. With the help of friends, Watson discovers that not only can he assemble great pie ingredients, but he can also set up a fantastic friendship picnic to celebrate the day!

Lenihan’s lovely illustrations introduce lively and interesting animal characters whose personalities shine. Each one brings their offering to Watson’s celebration which builds from a simple gathering of ingredients and evolves into a full spread of food. The vibrant pages invite readers into the story. Lynne Marie’s simple text is ideal for young readers. Her well-crafted storyline invites child readers to review Watson’s problem-solving process. This reviewer also likes the exposure to several ethnic character names. As a bonus, American Pie gives a no-bake pie recipe using the gathered ingredients from the book! An emphasis on safety is age-appropriate for the target audience. Overall, this is a book readers can enjoy throughout the year, especially leading up to the Fourth of July celebrations.