"Hi, Pizza Man!"

"Hi, Pizza Man!" by Virginia Walter is one of the books on my  Support Your Local Library Reading Challenge list.

There's nothing like a game to fill the hungry time before pizza arrives at the door.

Vivian's game is like nothing before - more than merely a pizza man come to play it.

Her door fairly bursts with funny possibilities.

Product Details
  • Reading level: Ages 4-8
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books (NY) (September 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0531071073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0531071076

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1?To pass the time while waiting for a pizza delivery, Vivian's mother asks her what she will say when it arrives. That's easy enough: "'Hi, Pizza Man!'" But what if it's a pizza woman? Things get silly as the child's mother suggests ever-more improbable delivery characters?a cat, dog, duck, cow, snake, and dinosaur. Her daughter responds with "'Quack quack, Pizza Duck!'"; "'Roar, Pizza Dinosaur!'"; etc. Readers will be having so much fun that they may feel jarred back to reality and even a bit disappointed to see the most obvious of the options when the doorbell finally rings. However, the story will have wide appeal, from toddlers just learning animals' sounds to beginning readers who will grasp the zaniness of the situation. The realistic art has abundant whimsical details and invites close examination. The pizza woman wears a baseball cap and evening clothes, complete with a mink stole. The cow is truly exotic, with purple markings and a rose in her mouth, and the dinosaur is a thing of beauty, crowned with a feathered pillbox hat. The typography also sparks interest, with a different style and various sizes of lettering used for Vivian's greetings. A nice example of positive parent-child interaction and of the imagination needed to entertain a hungry preschooler, this story has the predictability to make it a great read-aloud.?Lisa S. Murphy, formerly at Dauphin County Library System, Harrisburg, PA
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

 About The Author:

Virginia Walter teaches library and information science at UCLA, and lives in Venice, California. "Hi. Pizza Man!", her first book for children was inspired by her granddaughter.

I love the TITLE and the BOOK... the pictures are a bit scary for me.  **** Stars!

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” — C. S. Lewis

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