Pete’s a Pizza is a humorous book about a father trying to cheer up his little boy on a rainy day. Pete planned to play ball with his friends but the poor weather has put him in a bad mood. His father decides to make Pete into pizza. Parents must make it clear that this is pretend.
Each page contains a line such as, “Now the dough gets whirled and twirled up in the air.” The accompanying cartoon illustration show the father tossing Pete into the air. As the father adds pretend cheese, tomatoes and so on, Pete’s can’t help but smile. By the end he is laughing. When the sun comes out, “the pizza decides to go look for his friends.”
Children who like to pretend odd things will enjoy this book. It shows a loving bond between parents and child.
The drawbacks are minor. Pete looks too big and too old to be flung in the air by such an elderly looking father and to be participating in a silly pretense. As well, if he is supposed to be young enough to go along with his father’s game, then he is probably too young to be going out on his own to look for his friends.
The illustrations are definitely dated. Mother is wearing a house dress and red pearls. Father is wearing a checked pants, spotted shirt, a big mustache and John Lennon style glasses. I expected the copyright date to be much earlier than 1998.