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World Pizza Hardcover – June 6, 2017
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“When a family watches a wishing star fly by one night, Mama intends to wish for world peace, but when she’s interrupted by a sneeze, she accidentally wishes for world pizza instead. Soon, pizzas of all types fall from the sky all over the world, and in a clever twist, Mama gets her wish after all. . . . Shi’s soft, winsome illustrations show a diverse array of people enjoying pizza the world over . . . the gentle, optimistic message is carried well. This playful, hopeful paean to pizza should please little ones, and with a nice wind-down message at the end, it would be a good pick for bedtime, too.” — Booklist
About the Author
Ellen Shi is a recent graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, majoring in Illustration. Her first picture book, Little Frog and the Scary Autumn Thing, by beloved author Jane Yolen, will pub in September 2016 (Persnickety Press). When not illustrating for children, teaching art to children, or crafting elaborate fabric puppets, you can find her devouring cherry and chocolate pizza, likely with her nose in a book. Ellen lives in Edison, NJ.
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This story is as irresistible as it sounds and as satisfying as the smell of fresh baked bread, tomato sauce and melted cheese.
Starting with a lovely night under the stars with the family, warm feelings already roll off of the first page. And this atmosphere continues - even mutates into a few smiles - the rest of the way through. If there was ever a word every kid understands, it's pizza. The mother's wish for world peace, on the other hand, is a huge ideal which is amazing and so much more unfathomable in its scope, especially for kids. By pushing these two terms together, the author masterfully weaves the most perfect wish of all.
The text is simply a joy to read and flows smoothly along, dancing between the bright illustrations. The words tell the story, but it's the illustrations which tie it all together. From one country to the next, the various cultures flash by and leave an impression. Those pizzas land everywhere, adding a lovely sense of humor the whole way through. The bounty of flavors - from pickles to chocolate - grab and surprise, guaranteeing to pull young listeners/readers in.
The message is wrapped in a delicious and whimsical tale, and gives a sense of hope and inspiration. As the last page is reached, the world no longer seems so foreign and even the biggest dreams like world peace slide a little bit more into reach.
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and loved this book so much that I wanted to leave my thoughts.