From School Library Journal
Grade 1-3–Early each morning, with her orange-striped cat at her side, Sally opens up her pizzeria. Before her customers arrive, she chops, stirs, and simmers her sauce; measures, mixes, and kneads her dough; and then assembles the delectable pies. Once they are in the oven, they fill her shop with a mouth-watering aroma. Soon hungry children surround her. Neighbors begin to call in their orders, but eating pizza right here at Sally's Pizzeria is best of all. At the end of a long, busy day, Sally and her cat enjoy a slice themselves. Cheerful, precisely composed gouache paintings accented with photo collages of fresh ingredients add warmth and humor to the story. Sally is a jolly, rosy-cheeked woman with an unwavering smile on her open face. Her amusing cat is depicted kneading and tossing the dough along with her, which will make readers chuckle. Children who like to help out in the kitchen will enjoy trying out the recipe included in the back.–Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA
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PreS-K. Young pizza lovers will enjoy this charmingly illustrated story about the pizza-making process. Pizzeria owner Sally grows her own tomatoes and makes tomato sauce. Then she makes dough, layers ingredients on it, and bakes the pizza. Finally, to the delight of eager customers, everyone can eat. On each left-hand page, the text, featuring short sentences and basic vocabulary, is set within pizza-shaped white space ringed by items related to the story; opposite is a full-page picture showing Sally at work.^B Simply drawn cartoonlike illustrations, in bold, cheerful colors and patterns, fill the pages, incorporating occasional scanned images (pizza, tomatoes) for contrast and texture. There are numerous items to identify, from utensils to ingredients, though some details are puzzling (if Sally grows her own tomatoes, why do canned tomatoes figure prominently in visuals?). Still, young ones will appreciate the vibrant art and equally bubbly overview. The appended pizza recipe will get readers and listeners into the kitchen for more fun. Shelle RosenfeldCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved