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Library : Book Reviews > Pizza Pat

Pizza Pat
Story by Rita Golden Gelman
Illustrated by Will Terry

Review by: Christina Mark

     Pizza Pat is an updated version of The House That Jack Built, but instead of a house, Pat puts together a beautiful, gooey, bubbly, warm pizza.  There are so many fun, descriptive adjectives used in this book and the words flow in such a rhythmic fashion that children love reciting the story, joining in with the storyteller.  The story follows Pat through each step of his pizza-making process.  Finally, Pat creates a delicious, steamy masterpiece. As he lets the pizza cool and cleans up the kitchen, some sneaky, hungry mice quickly carry the pizza away and devour it.  Poor Pat.  It looks like he is going to have to start all over again, which means you'll have to read the book again.
    This book is one of those stories that children love to memorize. Each
time a new ingredient is added, the preceding ingredient is subsequently
mentioned.  For example, "This is the dough, all stretchy and floppy, that lay in the the tray that Pat bought" is followed by "This is the sauce, all gooey and gloppy, that covered the dough all stretchy and floppy, that lay in the tray that Pat bought".  This rhythmic pattern continues throughout the book as cheese "white and sloppy" and sausages "spicy and choppy" are added to the pizza and the pizza is cooked.
    The illustrations are wonderful as well.  Will Terry does a superb job of
depicting each and every one of Pat's facial expressions so well.  We can see how intense Pat is while he's chopping the sausage, how much fun he has sprinkling the cheese on, and how proud he is when the pizza is done.  We then see Pat with a look of utter amazement when his pizza has disappeared and then we see Pat blubbering when he realizes his hard work was all for naught.  Finally, we see those naughty little mice with their fat bellies and their contented faces.  All in all, this book is a delight for all ages.  I highly recommend it for ages 2-8.

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