Already a year has gone by since the launch of Too Many Pies. And what a strange year it’s been! It seemed like such a good idea to introduce my pie book on Pi Day, March 14. It was a good idea, and the launch party was great fun, a success by every measure. What no one anticipated was the big pandemic pie-in-the-face that put all our plans on hold. The very next day, everything closed down. No school or library visits, no book store signings, no book fairs or pie celebrations. It’s been a disappointment, but authors and their stories are resilient.
Now another Pi Day is on the near horizon. Even though public gatherings still aren’t happening, pies will always be waiting for us. Great-Aunt Gladdie Goodpudding is still baking, and I hope you are, too. I look forward to meeting more picture book readers and pie lovers, as soon as it’s safe to do so. Until then, I wish you sweets dreams of flaky pie crusts loaded with cinnamon-scented apples, peaches, blueberries — all your favorite fillings. Chocolate, perhaps? Pumpkin, pecans, rhubarb . . . Remember, you can’t have too many pies!