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Pete's A Pizza [Hardcover]

William Steig
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Sept. 10 1998
Pete's father starts kneading the dough. Next, some oil is generously applied. (Its really water.) And then some tomatoes. (They're really checkers.) When the dough gets tickled, it laughs like crazy.

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Mr. Steig (The Toy Brother) introduces a game guaranteed to produce a good mood. On a rainy day, title character Pete flops down on the couch in an attitude of despair. His father notices, and "he thinks it might cheer Pete up to be made into a pizza." Pete allows himself to be carried into the kitchen, where he is kneaded and tossed like dough. "Next, some oil is generously applied. (It's really water.)... And then some tomatoes. (They're really checkers.)" Pizza-Pete bakes on the couch, (a.k.a. the pizza oven), but when it's time to cut slices (with a karate-chop gesture), "the pizza runs away and the pizza-maker chases him." Steig evidently has played pizza before. He substitutes talcum powder for flour and paper scraps for mozzarella; he notes that pizzas struggle when tickled. The text resembles a set of directions, with each step wryly presented as a concise sentence and plainly printed in sans serif capital letters. In keeping with his story's simplicity, Steig creates compact line drawings that are detailed with wild watercolor patterns but symmetrically placed in a spacious white background. The amiable quality of Steig's easy pizza recipe will amuse chef and entree alike. All ages.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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PreSchool-Grade 3-When Pete is in an especially bad mood because it is raining and he can't play ball with his friends, his father decides that it might cheer his son up "to be made into a pizza." The boy is placed on the kitchen table where he is kneaded, tossed, and covered with various toppings including oil (water), tomatoes (checkers), and cheese (pieces of paper). His mother comments that she doesn't like tomatoes, eliciting some giggles from Pete. He is then placed in the oven (the couch) and eventually returned to the table to be sliced. At this juncture, he runs away and is pursued by his father who captures and hugs him. By now the sun is shining and Pete goes outside to look for his friends. The interplay between father and son is both entertaining and endearing. The man says, after tickling Pete, "Pizzas are not supposed to laugh!" and Pete responds, "Pizza-makers are not supposed to tickle their pizzas!" Steig's spare line drawings and zany watercolor paintings are centered against a large white background. The wry text is printed in all capital letters, making it look almost like a recipe. From its tongue-tantalizing title to its understated but delightful ending, Pete's a Pizza is a tour de force.
Tom S. Hurlburt, La Crosse Public Library, WI
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Pete's in a bad mood because the rain has spoiled his plans to play ball with his friends. His father decides to cheer him up by making him into a pizza. As his mother looks on dubiously, he proceeds to lay Pete on the table, knead him, stretch him, and twirl him in the air. Mom joins in the fun as he adds the oil (water), flour (talcum powder), tomatoes (checkers!), and cheese (paper). After some teasing and tickling, the pizza is ready to come out of the oven, and the sun, too, is ready to come out. A chase and a hug, and the pizza marches out the door with his football; all is well with the world. Steig's simple illustrations are worth a thousand words; the expressions on the character's faces tell all. What a treat to see such playful, loving parents sharing a game that the author himself used to play with his youngest daughter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simplicity and fun at its Steigian finest April 26 2002
This is a great, great kid's book. When my kids were toddlers, my husband and I used to "pancake" them--pretend to pour them out of a ladle, smooth them out on a griddle, flip them, then "pour syrup" over them and nibble on them. They thought this was absolutely hilarious and would get breathless with laughter. William Steig explores the same idea in this wonderful book, but has the father turning the son into a pizza instead. The father/son interaction--especially because both are so serious at playing this game--is both hilarious and touching. By the time the game is done, the sun has come out and Pete can go out and play with his friends after all--while carrying the happy memory of being "pizza-ed" by his dad.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good, simple fun. April 18 2001
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This book is an easy read with expressive pictures. Pete's father plays a game with him to cheer him up and his mother soon joins in. It is a sweet family moment, where the family uses lots of imagination. At first, I didn't see the charm in this book. But my three year old twins liked it. They started requesting it more and more often. And I enjoyed reading it each time. It is a "feel good" book. (And, for me, the price of the book is worth just hearing my toddlers say "Pete's a Pizza!") Since my children are so delighted with Pete being made into a pizza, and then seeing the "pizza" run away, I think I will have to try making them into a pizza soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still Going at Ninety June 15 2001
When he published this in 1998, William Steig was over ninety. He is still the master of children's books. Pete's a Pizza does just what all of Steig's beautiful books do. It presents a moral (without being didactic) that emphasizes the joys of life. It also portrays Steig's original artwork. Pete's a Pizza has a simple story. Pete is in a bad mood. His loving parents decide to cheer him up by pretending he's a pizza. Children will love the comical story and the colorful pictures, and hopefully, readers will someday experience Steig's other marvelous books like Dominic, Abel's Island, The Real Thief, etc.
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A fast paced, easy read, but one filled with terrific visual images and humor. Our daughter loved the book from the first read and understands that when she's in a bad mood, I might "turn her into a pizza." My daughter is almost two and her dad is, well, older, but the book is a winner before bed, and a frequent reminder that her moods might be temporary, too! There's a clear reason that this is a great seller; we're buying it for all our friends' kids. For vegetarians and carnivores (no cannibals, please) alike!
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William Steig has written some wonderful children's books and (in my mind) this is the best since Brave Irene. For centuries adults have played similar pretend games with children, but rarely is it captured so well in a child's book. Word for word, from beginning to end, this book charms with warmth and humor and Steig's line drawings are right on target for the preschool kids it's aimed at. Parents - don't miss it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book to treasure. Jan. 31 2000
My wife and I are currently expecting our first baby, so we've been prowling the children's sections of bookstores putting together a little library. Of the books we've bought so far, "Pete's a Pizza" is definitely our favorite. We truly love this book; it's sweet and funny and the illustrations are wonderful. We can't wait to read it to our little one -- and to play "pizza" with her as well!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A bachelor weighs in Nov. 20 2000
I am a bachelor, I do not have any kids. I don't even have any nieces or nephews yet. So why do I own a copy of this book? Because it's adorable. It's funny. It's not gloopy sentimental. The drawings are bright and fun, the story is hysterical, and you come away from this book feeling happy that such great children's books are still being written. Buy this book for yourself if you want, it's more than worth it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cute and cheerful
It's a rainy day and Pete is in a sour mood. His dad decides to cheer him up by making him into a pizza. Read more
Published on March 28 2004 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars a copy for my kids, a copy just for me!
My favorite children's book- oh yeah, my kids like it too. i keep one under my pillow for times when i need a smile!
Published on Feb. 3 2004 by Britney stole my Pimp!
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
We have played a game like this at our house where we make pizza out of our son and daughter. They have always enjoyed it. Read more
Published on Aug. 26 2003 by apoem
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
We have played a game like this at our house where we make pizza out of our son and daughter. They have always enjoyed it. Read more
Published on Aug. 26 2003 by apoem
5.0 out of 5 stars Kids will giggle as Pete is made into a pizza by his folks
My daughters enjoy reading this book, because it shows Pete and his parents having fun on a rainy day. Pete gets made into a pizza, with all the trimmings. Read more
Published on Sept. 7 2002 by Deanne Kelley
5.0 out of 5 stars Just So Yummy.
On a rainy day, Pete starts to pout because he can't play ball with his friends. So, his parents make him into a pizza. Read more
Published on Jan. 12 2002 by tvtv3
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a wonderful book
We have hundreds of childrens books, i am an addict and my kids are too. I love this book i have read it many many times to my youngest and we have acted it out on occasion. Read more
Published on June 16 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
Bought this as a Christmas gift for my four-year old niece. She loved it! As of December 28, she had read it about 50 times.
Published on Dec 29 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Story for A Child with the Rainy Day Duldrums!
This book is my 4 year old daughter's favorite! It gives us both a good laugh everytime we read it. Read more
Published on Aug. 3 2000
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