Pete's a Pizza

Pete's a Pizza


By (author) William Steig, Illustrated by William Steig

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Format: Hardback | 32 pages
  • Dimensions: 206mm x 234mm x 13mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 3 December 1998
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0062051571
  • ISBN 13: 9780062051578
  • Edition: 62
  • Edition statement: 62nd
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 186,261

Product description

Question: What do you do when Pete's in a bad mood? Answer: Turn him into a pizza, of course!

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Editorial reviews

Steig (Toby, Where Are You?, 1997, etc.), inspired by a game he used to play with his daughter, turns a rainy day into a pizza party, starring a caring father and his feeling-blue son, Pete. Just when Pete was set to go play ball with his friends, it starts to rain. His melancholy is not lost on his father: "He thinks it might cheer Pete up to be made into a pizza." Which is just what the father proceeds to do. Pete is transported to the kitchen table where he is kneaded and stretched, tossed into the air for shaping, sprinkled with oil and flour and tomatoes and cheese (water, talcum, checkers, and bits of paper). He then gets baked on the living room couch and tickled and chased until the sun comes out and it is time to speed outside, a pizza no more, but happy. 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 Pete's a pizza, or not. (Kirkus Reviews)