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Imagine this. You are driving to work in the pouring rain. Suddenly a speeding car jumps in front of you, causing your brakes to squeal and your blood pressure to spike like Mount St. Helens. Besides a few choice words, dream up a little gift you might want to share with that seemingly inconsiderate nincompoop. A chocolate chip cookie with gravel instead of nuts? Chomp on that one! Or perhaps a piece of yummy candy - nevermind it was one your dog found on the sidewalk.
Now, now. If any of those suggestions sound good, then you need to learn the recipe for Enemy Pie. And don't forget that kids, too, suffer from life's little miseries, like being laughed at, feeling excluded or having to adjust to a new situation. Here's one good story to make us all rethink situations that seem - at the time, anyway - insurmountable.
In Enemy Pie one smart, clever dad knows a surefire way to eliminate his son's ill feelings toward the new kid in the neighborhood. "Enemy Pie is the fastest known way to get rid of enemies," the dad reveals, as his son conjures up a filling of worms, bugs and lots of icky, gross ingredients. Yuck!
But as dad insists on making the pie himself, without his son's suggestions, the plot thickens. The son is instructed to spend a whole day with his #1 enemy, under the guise of buttering him up, thus luring the enemy to the son's kitchen table. Ah, a trap! (Or so the son believes.)
But as you might expect, spending a whole day with your enemy has a sneaky way of changing your perspective. In fact, the boys find they have lots of things in common, which causes the son to panic at the end of the day when the dad serves the boys big thick pieces of the now dreaded Enemy Pie! Just when things were going so well.
The author, Derek Munson, keeps the reader on a delightful romp, sprinkling a serious life lesson with humor and typical kid thinking (that we adults still do). And Tara Calahan King's lively illustrations alone can give you the giggles. Enemy Pie is truly a keeper - for all of us who sometimes have urges for revenge, crave a snicker or who need a tasty recipe for making new friends.