Bestselling author Audrey Wood teams up with popular illustrator Mark Teague to concoct an outrageously delicious tale about a pie that's too irresistible to pass up and the outrageous dreams it causes. Full color.
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Don and Audrey Wood have been an award-winning team for over 25 years. “When our son, Bruce, was
very young, the best part of the day for my wife, Audrey, and me was reading him his bedtime picture
books....That's when I fell in love with children's literature and decided to illustrate, and occasionally
write, children's books,” says Don, who grew up on his family's farm in California. Audrey grew up in a
family of artists and is a fourth-generation artist.
Together, Don and Audrey created their first picture book in 1976. Since then, they have collaborated on
several award-winning picture books, including the Caldecott Honor book, King Bidgood's in the Bathtub.
For more information about Don and Audrey Wood, visit: scholastic.com/tradebooks or audreywood.com
Wood and Teague (The Flying Dragon Room) have concocted a suspenseful sugar-shocker about a rare and dangerous dessert. Just before dawn, on peaceable Willobee Street, Ma and Pa Brindle open a dusty attic trunk to find the recipe for Sweet Dream Pie. Ma skeptically arches a white eyebrow, but Pa promises, "I'll be good this time." His antic expression, however, is an early clue that he'll do nothing of the sort. The tension builds as Ma and Pa throw ingredients into a pie tin the size of a hot tub. The recipe alone could cause cavities: "Gumdrops flew through the air and rained down with marshmallows, candy corn, cinnamon hots.... A chocolate tornado sprang up and whirled out the door." That afternoon, as the pie bubbles, an ominous heat wave settles on the neighborhood, and everyone longs to taste Ma's pie. After sundown, Pa and a boy stagger outside with the magical treat, and Ma ceremonially rings a bell that starts the feeding frenzy. All warnings for moderation are ignored, and Ma spends the night shooing away the green, semitransparent monsters of not-so-Sweet Dreams. Teague invents an entire town of awestruck humans, cats and dogs. His quasi-caricaturish style is aptly matched to the over-the-top story, and while his nightmare lizards and dinosaurs look weird and appropriately incongruous on sedate Willobee Street, their goony grins and monsters-just-want-to-have-fun playfulness will keep readers from getting scared. Wood may not discourage sugar junkies from eating sweets at bedtime, but she and Teague whip up a truly spine-tingling tall tale. Ages 4-9.
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