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Robert Munsch serves up more of his offbeat humour in More Pies, the story of a boy with an insatiable appetite. As with many of the bestselling author's picture books, the idea for More Pies! came from a young fan who, in this case, wrote him a "really nice letter" and consequently "got to be a character in this book." The concept is simple but rich in comic potential. Sam wakes up really hungry one morning. His accommodating mother permits him to devour three servings of breakfast, including a salad bowl full of cereal, four milkshakes, four stacks of pancakes, and a fried chicken. But when he demands seven more chickens, she orders him outdoors, exclaiming in the words of many a snacked-out parent, "Nothing more to eat until lunch!"

With the casual aplomb so typical of Munsch's child characters, Sam decides to appease his cravings by taking a bus downtown and entering a pie-eating contest in Vancouver's Stanley Park. Needless to say, he eats his three beefy competitors (a firefighter, a lumberjack, and a construction worker) under the table. But even Sam can get too much of a good thing as he discovers when he returns home to find his mother baking him--you guessed it--more pies.

Another of Munsch's collaborations with the zany illustrator Michael Martchenko, More Pies! offers all the predictable repetition, kid-pleasing exaggeration, and silly sound effects ("Chuka--Chuka--Chuka--CHOMP") that have made this Ontario storyteller a household name. Although the story is not nearly as satisfying as Munsch classics like The Paper Bag Princess or Thomas' Snowsuit, Munsch- hungry youngsters will undoubtedly lap this book up and beg for more. (Ages 3 to 7) --Lisa Alward

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