Written and illustrated by Ruthanne Lum McCunn

Hardcover: $16.95

Paperback: $9.95

Six Pack: $59.70

Pie Biter is the legend of a pioneer in the tradition of John Henry and Paul Bunyan, based on real characters in the 1800’s. The story begins with Hoi coming from China to help build the railroad. Only a skinny boy at first, his love for American pies quickly helps him gain in size and strength—and earns him the nickname of Pie Biter.

Then, with the help of his friend Spanish Louis, he uses a clever ruse that sets him on the path to becoming a successful packer. Initially published in 1983 as the Chinese American answer to Paul Bunyan, the story is now re-published in a new design and a tri-lingual format featuring English, Chinese and Spanish.

About the Creators

Ruthanne Lum McCunn - Author, Illustrator

is of Chinese and Scottish descent, and was hailed by the Dallas Times "an American-Chinese author of remarkable talent." Her work, which has won many awards, has been translated into eleven languages, published in twenty-two countries, and adapted for the stage and film.

About This Title


Hardcover: 9781885008077

Paperback: 9781885008916

Six Pack: 9781885008930

Guided Reading:




Interest Level:

Grades K - 3

Reading Level:

Grades 3 - 3


California, China, Cultural Diversity, Discrimination, Dreams & Aspirations, Food, History, Immigration, Optimism/Enthusiasm, Overcoming Obstacles, United States History, Asian/Asian American Interest, Bilingual, Collaboration, Friendship, Multiethnic interest, Persistence/Grit, Pride

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