Another one of my favorite children’s books, Enemy Pie, by Derek Munson, was published in 2000, so it’s been around for a while. Written in first person, a little boy tells about having an enemy list with only one name on it. It’s a new boy named Jeremy who laughed when he struck him out in baseball and who neglected to invite him to a party that everyone else, even his best friend, Stanley, was invited to. Our main character talks to his dad about the situation and his dad seems to know all about enemies! In fact, his father has a secret recipe for something he calls enemy pie! It’s guaranteed, says his dad, to get rid of enemies. What he needs to do, his father advises, is invite this Jeremy over for the day. After they’ve played together, they’ll have dinner. For dessert they’ll serve the pie! You can probably guess what happens. When it comes time to serve the dessert, our main character no longer wants to give what he believes will be some horribly yucky pie to Jeremy because, it turns out, he’s been having fun with this “enemy.” Jeremy isn’t so bad after all. In fact, he’s becoming a friend.
This is a well-written story that can be enjoyed by both children and adults. It’s refreshing to see a dad depicted as smart and clever, a switch from today’s trend. Enemy Pie is a great read for Father’s Day!