Thursday, September 29, 2016

ENEMY PIE by Derek Munson, illustrated by Tara Calahan King

Lexile     AD 330          Pages     40          Ages     5 - 8
AR Quiz No. 45222 EN Fiction

 IL: LG - BL: 3.2 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP, VP

With a new tree house, a sister at camp for three weeks, and being on the best baseball team in town, it should have been a perfect summer for the boy (He is never given a name in the story.)

Then . . . .

Jeremy Ross moves in.

He does not like Jeremy Ross. And it's not just because Jeremy moved in next door to his best friend, Stanley (although that was part of it.) Jeremy laughed at him when he struck him out in baseball. He had a party and invited Stanley, but not the boy. He's never needed an enemy list before, but now he does and Jeremy Ross is number one on the list, hanging on the wall of the tree house. Actually, he's the only one on the list. :)

Luckily, his Dad knows just how to get rid of enemies. He has a recipe for Enemy Pie. He says the recipe is so secret he couldn't tell anyone what was in it. The boy brings his dad several different gross things but Dad doesn't need them. He does, however, need the boy's help.

The boy's job is to play with Jeremy Ross all day, not letting him know he's being set up. Be nice to him. It's a hard job, but Dad knows he can do it.

So the boy goes to Jeremy's house and asks if he can come out to play. They ride bikes, play on Jeremy's trampoline and throw water balloons at neighbor girls. Jeremy's mom makes lunch and then they go to the boy's house and play basketball, throw a boomerang and play in the tree house (after the boy runs up and whips the enemy list off the wall.) Jeremy isn't being a very good enemy!

Dad makes dinner and then serves up dessert - Enemy Pie! The boy didn't want Jeremy to eat it! In a panic he yells, "Jeremy, don't eat it! It's bad pie! I think it's poisonous or something!" 

Jeremy is confused. He asks if it's so bad, why has Dad already eaten half of his piece? The boy looks, and sure enough, Dad is eating his pie right up! He tries a small taste. Enemy Pie was delicious!

In the end, the boy still doesn't know what is in Enemy Pie, but he doesn't need to know because he's lost his best enemy.


Enemy Pie lets children know that just because they don't know someone doesn't mean that they are an enemy. If you get to know someone, you might just be surprised by how much you like them. The colored pencil and pastel illustrations are colorful and fun.

Put Enemy Pie on your reading list today, you won't be sorry.

Happy Reading,
Miss Laurie

Enemy Pie can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click  here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.


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