Once I Ate a Pie

written by Patricia MacLachlan and Emily MacLachlan Charest, illustrated by Katy Schneider

A collection of canines "speak" about happy days filled with squeaky toys, good smells, plenty of naps, and the very important jobs they do for the people they love.

Dogs of all sizes and shapes take center stage in 14 free verse poems accompanied by large oil paintings. Expressive but not wildly colorful, the paintings capture the individuality of each animal, as well as the mischief and movement dog lovers find so irresistible. A variety of fonts and type sizes reinforce the meaning of the words as the poems offer odes to the various pleasures of life.

My favorite is the German shepard who wants to keep all of his people "rounded up".