It's Perfect Picture Book Friday with Susanna Hill!
It's actually still Thursday where I live, but I'm lookin' at my watch and I do believe it's officially Friday on the East Coast ... so I'm going to post this now. Ooh, I like living dangerously!
Title: Enemy Pie
Author: Derek Munson
Illustrator: Tara Calahan King
Theme: Bullying, Friendship, Problem-Solving, Relationships
Chronicle Books, October 2000
Fiction, Ages 5 to 12
Opening: "It should have been a perfect summer. My dad helped me build a tree house in our backyard. My sister was at camp for three whole weeks. And I was on the best baseball team in town. It should have been a perfect summer. But it wasn't."
Synopsis (from Amazon): It was the perfect summer. That is, until Jeremy Ross moved into the house down the street and became neighborhood enemy number one. Luckily Dad had a surefire way to get rid of enemies: Enemy Pie. But part of the secret recipe is spending an entire day playing with the enemy! In this funny yet endearing story, one little boy learns an effective recipes for turning your best enemy into your best friend. Accompanied by charming illustrations, Enemy Pie serves up a sweet lesson in the difficulties and ultimate rewards of making new friends.
Why I Like This Book: I love the colourful, comic book-looking characters, but mostly I love how Munson tackles bullying from a completely different and clever angle. The ending might have to be explained to younger children, but that won't take away from the message or enjoyment. This book is just fun, refreshing and a feel-good read.
Derek Munson has a blog devoted to Enemy Pie. If you click on the pic you'll find lots of links and resources there.
UPDATE: The WITS website has some lesson plans also. Click here.
And a huge thank you to Barbara from The Corner on Character for letting me know that Kristen from Ladybug's Teacher Files has another great resource on Enemy Pie. I can't believe I missed that! 'Cause I LOVE Kristen's blog:))