Parents' Guide to

Pie in the Sky

By Amanda Nojadera, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Moving graphic novel hybrid explores immigration and grief.

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age 9+

Hilarious book!

This book is absolutely hilarious! If you kid has read “New Kid” or “Real Friends” this is definitely there reading level. Jingwen and Yanhaou honor there fathers death by making “Pie in the Sky” cakes. (The bakery papa was planning on making).

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Kids will love the charming illustrations, relatable sibling relationship, and scrumptious cake descriptions in Remy Lai's moving middle-grade tale. Lai pulls from her own childhood immigration experience, coming to Australia from Singapore, and understands what it's like to feel like an outsider and how difficult it can be to learn a new language. Her illustrations are often laugh-out-loud funny, especially during the boys' secret cake-baking adventures, but they also literally depict Jingwen's loneliness and alienation.

Lai delicately handles the loss of a parent, and readers will feel Jingwen's sadness, regret, and guilt as details of his relationship with his dad are revealed. But as Jingwen bonds with his little brother and learns how to cope with his grief, kids will understand the importance of communication, and Pie in the Sky's heartwarming conclusion shows that cakes, kindness, and friendship make life better.

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