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Learn more about Pete's a Pizza (Board Book - 1st Board Book Edition):

Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0060527544
ISBN-13: 9780060527549
Sku: 33665537
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Pages:  32
Age Range:  7 to 9
Pete's in a bad mood. Just when he's supposed to play ball with the guys, it decides to rain. (from the first line)
Just when Pete is about to go out and play ball, it starts to rain. Now he's grumpy. What's the quickest way to cheer him up? Turn him into a pizza, of course! With a little "flour" and "oil, " plus tickling, stretching, and love, Pete's mood is transformed from gloomy to giggly! This contemporary classic, with lively watercolor-and-ink illustrations and hilarious text, is now available as a sturdy board book.
From the Publisher:
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.
Pete is young boy in a grumpy mood. Luckily, his mother and father know how to cheer up their little boy up--by turning him into a human pizza! Color illustrations accompany the text. A "New York Times" Notable Book for 1998.
Author Bio
William Steig
William Steig has had two distinct but related careers--first as a cartoonist and second as an author and illustrator of books for children. His career as a cartoonist began at age 17 during the Depression, when he sold cartoons to "The New Yorker" as a means of supporting his family. During this time, he created and sold several woodcarvings, some of which can be found in the historic home of Franklin D. Roosevelt. His career as an illustrator began in 1947, when fellow "New Yorker" cartoonist Bob Kraus created the Windmill Books imprint for Harper & Row. In 1970, Steig's book SYLVESTER AND THE MAGIC PEBBLE won the Caldecott Medal. In 1977 his book THE AMAZING BONE was named as a Caldecott Honor Book. Two of his works have also received Newbery Honors--ABEL'S ISLAND and DOCTOR DE SOTO.

William Steig had two distinct but related careers--the first as a cartoonist and the second as an author and illustrator of children's books. His career as a cartoonist began during the Great Depression when, at the age of 17, he began selling cartoons to "The New Yorker" as a means of supporting his family. His relationship with that magazine, during which they published 1,600 of his drawings and 117 of his cover illustrations, lasted over 70 years. His career in children's books began at age 60. His third offering, SYLVESTER AND THE MAGIC PEBBLE, won the Caldecott Medal while his 1977 book, THE AMAZING BONE, was named a Caldecott Honor Book. Two of his longer works, ABEL'S ISLAND and DOCTOR DE SOTO, were named Newbery Honor Books. In 2002 his picture book SHREK! was expanded and made into a full-length animated film which became the first to win the Academy Award in the category of Best Animated Feature. William Steig died of natural causes as the age of 95.


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 entr?e alike. All ages. (Oct.) 07/06/1998

Kirkus Reviews
"What leaps from the page, with a dancer's grace, is the warmth and imagination wrapped in an act of kindness and tuned-in parenting. As always, Steig's illustrations are a natural--an organic--part of the story, whether Pet's a pizza, or not." 09/15/1998

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 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 11/1/98

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Steig proves he can be as witty for younger audiences as for older with this impressively simple text that never strays from the playful premise. The watercolor illustrations are executed in a clean palette with precise lines in tightly controlled compositions, the semi-formality of which only add to the hilarity." - Janice M. Del Negro December 1998

Product Attributes

Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeMinimum Age:   03
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0032
Product attributePublisher:   HarperFestival
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