I Really Dig Pizza: An Archie & Reddie Book by Candy James

I Really Dig Pizza: An Archie & Reddie Book by Candy James. Razorbill, 2021. 9780593350102 

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

Format: Hardcover graphic novel

Genre:  Mystery

What did you like about the book? Archie is delighted to find a pizza and decides to hide it and keep it safe for later devouring. Reddie, his pal, notices a pile of soil and gets curious as to what it can be.  As Reddies deciphers clues to solve this mystery, Archie does his best to keep Reddie off the track and away from his tasty secret.  A simple mystery introducing genre vocabulary may be just the thing for budding detectives. Themes about sharing and telling the truth are not lost on readers. Large text and simple engaging illustrations are sure to make this a hit with young readers. Back matter gives readers some information about the authors and the origin of the series. 

Anything you didn’t like about it? Characters are simple and two dimensional.  The overall plot is predictable. Readers may be confused as to why someone would bury a pizza.

To whom would you recommend this book? Readers, in grades 1 to 3, who enjoy mysteries and graphic novels would like this title.  

Who should buy this book? This would be a good purchase for elementary schools or public libraries that cannot get enough graphic novel mysteries for very young readers.

Where would you shelve it? 741.5

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? I feel that this title would reside near the middle of the “to read” pile.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Elena Schuck, Nathaniel H. Wixon School Library, Dennis, Massachusetts

Date of review: January 23, 2022

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