cover image Apple Pie ABC

Apple Pie ABC

Alison Murray. Disney-Hyperion, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-4231-3694-1

A long-eared dog%E2%80%94with a passing resemblance to early versions of Snoopy%E2%80%94longs for his young owner's irresistible apple pie in this ABC book. Red and white letters, reminiscent of toy wood blocks, appear on each page, as the girl happily "bake[s] it," then "dish[es] it out." The expressive hound goes from being "eager for it," to "have to get a lick of it," which results in a gentle scolding before the "quietly determined" puppy devises a scheme for getting his pie. The grainy, retro-style artwork gives the book a deliciously vintage feel, and readers will be glad that perseverance (and pie!) win out over manners. Ages 2%E2%80%936. (May)