40 Forever: October is National Pizza Month


Thursday, September 30, 2010

October is National Pizza Month

Although I’m not a big fan of the food, I do like these books about pizza:

Barbour, Karen. Little Nino’s Pizzeria. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1987.
I love Karen Barbour’s artwork. She also illustrated the covers of Armistead Maupin’s series, Tales of the City.
Khalsa, Dayal K. How Pizza Came to Queens. New York: C.N. Potter Publishers, 1989

How Pizza Came to Queens was a big hit at the Queens Public Library where I had my very first job as a children’s librarian. The book has its flaws, but the title is simply irresistible.
Steig, William. Pete’s a Pizza. New York, N.Y.: HarperCollins Publishers, 1998.

Pete’s in a bad mood. Just when he’s about to go out and play ball with his friends, it decides to rain. Pete’s dad thinks it might cheer Pete up to be made into a pizza. This silly story of filial cannibalism was written and illustrated by Shrek! creator William Steig. The Weston Woods short film version is a hoot, too. Chevy Chase is the narrator.

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