Easy as Pie (Hardcover)

By Cari Best, Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)

Farrar Straus Giroux, 9780374399290, 40pp.

Publication Date: March 30, 2010



Jacob learned the rules of baking from watching Chef Monty on TV, and now he is ready to make his own peach pie in his Easy-On Oven. Even when things get messy and Jacob's parents say there is no more time for baking, he is determined to see his pie through to the end. Cari Best's tasty text and Melissa Sweet's scrumptious collage illustrations combine to make a picture book as satisfying as a perfect slice of pie.

Easy as Pie is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

About the Author

Cari Best's award-winning picture books include "Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen," a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. She lives in Weston, Connecticut.Melissa Sweet has illustrated many picture books, including the Caldecott Honor book "A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams" (978-0802853028) by Jen Bryant. She lives in Rockport, Maine.

Praise For Easy as Pie

“Cari Best has done it again with a charming text full of the meaning of life.”Library Media Connection, STARRED review


“A sweet look at a spunky kid with great problem-solving skills and some rules that are easily applicable to everyday life.”Kirkus Reviews

“While young readers can make Happy Peach Pie (recipe on the back jacket), this is about more than pie making. Important themes abound–love, security, cooperation, warmth, respect–and somehow all are tied to the simple acts of cooking and eating together. A delicious book for all collections.” -School Library Journal

“Sweet’s glowing, citrus-bright collage scenes capture all the warmth, energy, and fun in this well-paced story that folds sly messages about working through problems into the celebratory tale. Chef Monty’s list of rules and a recipe for “Happy Peach Pie” complete this sweet treat.” -Booklist