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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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From Publishers Weekly

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.

From School Library Journal

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Cute and cheerful March 28 2004
Format:Board book
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. He puts him on a table, kneads him, tosses him in the air, and puts toppings on. The game continues with laughs all around until the sun finally comes out and Pete can go out and play. The book is not at all scary. It's a great make-believe book. It has about 300 words.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a copy for my kids, a copy just for me! Feb. 4 2004
Format:Board book
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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Aug. 26 2003
By apoem
Format:Hardcover
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. They loved reading this book and seeing how someone else can make a pizza out of a kid.
The pictures are very cute. The writing is easy to read.
Enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Aug. 26 2003
By apoem
Format:Hardcover
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. They loved reading this book and seeing how someone else can make a pizza out of a kid.
The pictures are very cute. The writing is easy to read.
Enjoy.
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Format:Hardcover
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. Kids will giggle at the thought of Pete being covered in tomato sauce, cheese and pepperoni!
A fun read, with lovely drawings, and lots of color. A five star book for your child.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simplicity and fun at its Steigian finest April 26 2002
Format:Hardcover
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 Just So Yummy. Jan. 12 2002
By tvtv3
Format:Hardcover
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. A great book filled with William Steig's wonderful illustrations. Parents are sure to enjoy playing this game with their own children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a wonderful book June 16 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
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. I highly recommend it.
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