978-1-55037-701-9 / 9781550377019

Nothing Beats a Pizza


Publisher:Annick Press


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When asked, "Why pizza?" author and illustrator Loris Lesynski replies that she's in love with zzzz-zy sounds. But readers must beware of those delicious sounds: "Enjoy these poems, but be on guard: your lips may fall off if you read them too hard." Just try saying "Pizza's cheesy pizza's chewy pizza's gooey pizza's good" really fast several times and you'll see what she means.

While the pizza theme runs in all its gooey glory throughout the book, there are lots of other poems exploring childhood with great wit, humour, and originality. In "No Smirchling Allowed," a new teacher bombards her confused students with incomprehensible rules. Someone gets a case of "summer feet" in "Lately I've Been Late," and "Backwards Max" has the whole class wondering what's going to happen as he hurtles in reverse toward the stairs.

Many of Nothing Beats a Pizza's poems are so rhythmically enticing that they beg to be set to music. While readers are invited to use the poems as jumping-off points to exercise their own word creativity, children (and adults, too) could try inventing some musical accompaniment as well. (Ages 5 to 8) --Martha Johnson

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