PPBF: Apple Pie ABC

Here’s my selection for Perfect Picture Book Friday:

Apple Pie ABC

Apple Pie ABC

Author/Illustrator Alison Murray

First published in 2010 in Great Britain

Disney Hyperion, 2011


Suitable for ages: 2-6

Theme/Topic: Alphabet, Food Cravings

Opening Spread: Apple Pie

Brief Synopsis: (from jacket flap) When an apple pie arrives piping hot on the kitchen table, a little pup does everything he can think of to get his paws on it. He ogles it. He pines for it. But will his ABC antics land him a slice?

Resources: Bake a pie. Study the ABC. If you have a dog, you are probably well versed in how animals will ogle, pine and be very determined to get food. You could watch your pets around “people” food.

Why I Like This: I found this during (what has become) my annual February study of ABC books. This was a delightful surprise. As it begins like dozens of ABC books with an apple, this one is very different. The author/illustrator uses fun verbs to get us through the alphabet and to take this fun pooch on his adventure to get a piece of this pie.

Apple Pie ABC E

Here is an example of the letters used. Eager for it … this puppy is determined.


The simple storyline keeps a kiddo’s attention. Warning: Reading this before bedtime may make you want pie!

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24 thoughts on “PPBF: Apple Pie ABC

  1. Wonder what Rhythm will think of this one!
    Love the idea of using the verb to generate the ABC.
    Have you done a post featuring all the X options in your study? I always turn to the X page first when looking at ABC books. 🙂

    • I haven’t done a post yet. Perhaps that will be a post when I reach 100 or more books. I hope Rhythm likes this. I feel like Rhythm is more well mannered than this little pup in this book.

    • This dog is such a great character. I found the second book by the author/illo and she has carried through on the characters in the second book.

  2. Oh, this looks like a delicious way to study the alphabet and verbs! It looks super cute and like an easy book to read over and over again. My library has it and soon we will, too. Thanks for the review!

  3. This looks so cute… and yummy! I am oh so familiar with those ogling, pining looks 🙂 I’m going to have to go read this so I can see all the chosen verbs and decide if my dogs can top them 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing this one, Stacy – there can never be too many fun alphabet books! And as for craving pie at bedtime… is there any time when you don’t want it? 🙂