Pizza and Taco: Best Party Ever! by Stephen Shaskan

Pizza and Taco: Best Party Ever! by Stephen Shaskan. Random House Books for Young Readers, 2021. 9780593123348.

Format: Hardcover

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

 Genre: Early reader/graphic novel

 What did you like about the book? Best friends Pizza and Taco are bored, so they decide to throw a party.  They have everything they need – paper and a pen to make a list and invitations, and snacks, and balloons – but it turns out party planning is not as easy as they think.  If they invite Hamburger, they have to invite his cousin Cheeseburger, but Hamburger is lactose intolerant and the two do not get along.  Cake and Ice Cream always make everything better, but Ice Cream screams at loud noises.  When they arrive at the water park to find that it is closed, and unfurl their party banner to reveal some un-fart-unate misspellings, they fear the party is ruined.  Maybe sitting around doing nothing is more fun after all!

This is sure to be a big hit.  The comic book format is fairly easy to follow, the background illustrations are simple, and the dialogue is hilarious.  The characters are drawn on photos of actual eponymous junk food, and their expressive eyes, mouths and body language are right on target.   Beginning readers will gobble up this second book in the series, and will be hungry for the next one! 

Anything you did not like about the book? No.

 To whom would you recommend this book? Lower elementary readers who have enjoyed silly friendship stories like Rabbit & Robot (Bell) or Narwhal & Jelly (Clanton), or who are looking for the next step after Elephant & Piggie, will find this fun.  

Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it?  Early readers or easy comics

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  no

 Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Leigh Russell King, Lincoln Street School, Northborough, Massachusetts.

Date of review: 2/12/2021

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