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Hi, Pizza Man!

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New release from Purple House Press, August 2017!

It all begins with a simple question posed by a patient mother when her impatient toddler shouts, 'I'm hungry!' 'What will you say when the doorbell rings and we open the door?' asks Mom. 'Hi, Pizza Man!' replies the thoughtful child. . . .(But) what if it's a pizza woman?. . . a pizza kitty?. . . a pizza duck?. . . The book has a wonderfully satisfying roundness that comes full circle when the doorbell finally rings.--The Horn Book.

32 pages, Paperback

First published January 1, 1995

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Virginia Walter

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Author 7 books46 followers
November 16, 2015
It will be a long time before I can post a finish date for this delightfully simple, funny, entertaining picture book. My 14 month old granddaughter and I checked it out from the library because she loves pizza, books and cows, and we saw a pizza delivery cow in the book, and a door to knock on, just like in "Where's Spot?" Since we got it home we have read it maybe 700 times, in 48 hours. We now know exactly when to yell "MaMa!" Where to wave, how to hiss like a snake and roar like a dinosaur. Grandma's mute cat makes us doubt the page where a cat says "meow" but we believe in all the rest of the magic.
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242 reviews1 follower
June 21, 2016
Just did a field test with this book. ROWDY group of preschoolers who enjoy creating a mosh pit during my storytimes, it's usually utter chaos. But the minute I started this story.... I had their undivided attention. Praise be to the Pizza Man.
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4,985 reviews58 followers
July 30, 2013
Read this in storytime this morning and was reminded just how great this book is. Readers greet the different pizza delivery men, women, and animals with their own unique message. Great read aloud. PreK-2
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155 reviews6 followers
May 5, 2020
The first time I read this, I thought it was cute but not great. But let me tell you, my story time kids LOVED this book. They got super into guessing how you would greet each pizza "man," and loved the silly outfits on the different characters. If the kids like it, that's good enough for me!
38 reviews
March 29, 2014
This book is very creative for the children. This book can be use for so many purposes that is for imagination, for different professions and for the animals sound as well. The pictures are so bright and very colorful so the children can keep an interest.

About the Author:
This book is written by Virginia Walter.She is a professor and chair at the Department of Information Studies in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests are: children's information needs and information resources, childhood and family literacy, the sociology of children's literature and childhood reading
March 5, 2019
This is an incredible book for toddler aged children. The illustrations are incredible and use a variety of bright colors. The book shows which animal noises are associated with each animal. Each page has only a few words and the book follows a pattern of repetition so it is a great book for younger kids to read to help them learn their sounds and pronunciation of words. It has a sing song rhythm when read aloud which makes younger kids incredibly excited to read it. Overall this book is a great choice for young children.
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2,414 reviews55 followers
October 6, 2017
Vivian and Mom are waiting for delivery pizza. While they wait, Mom asks what Vivian should say when she opens the door. A fun and imaginative story about different animals who could deliver pizza. The preschoolers had a lot of fun reading this story with me.

2017 storytime theme: pizza

Reviewed from a library copy.
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783 reviews5 followers
November 11, 2011
I love love love this book. A young girl learns to say Hello to the Pizza Man. But what if a cow delivers the pizza, then what? You say Mooo Moo Cow. This story goes through different animals until finally the pizza is delievered.
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2,224 reviews
March 6, 2017
A little girl imagines what she'll say if various animals bring the pizza her family has ordered for dinner. This book had my storytime kids roaring with laughter. It was a big hit.
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96 reviews
April 2, 2021
I don’t know why this book cracks us up; it might be the picture of a cat in a top hat delivering a pizza. It’s a funny, silly book that mirrors the fun song song games you play with a little kid, and that has fun with animal sounds. The gendering in the book is a little dated (pizza woman is differentiated from pizza man with l, like, an evening gown), but it’s mostly harmless as long as you’re willing to talk about it (and include other representations of gender in your kid’s diet).

Did I mention the cat has a top hat?
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204 reviews11 followers
July 11, 2017
Hi, Pizza Man! is one of my all time ever favorite books to read aloud to a child on your lap, or for story time. It is just so much fun! What kid doesn't like waiting for the delivery man (or woman) to bring pizza to their home. Reading this book makes waiting for the pizza to arrive just so much more fun, and triggers their imagination.
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3,518 reviews44 followers
January 14, 2020
Vivian and Mom are waiting for the pizza delivery and Vivian is just soooo hungry. Mom distracts her by asking what she'll say when the pizza arrives. "Hi, Pizza Man!" But, what if it's not a man, what if it's a woman, a cow, a dino, etc. etc. Preschoolers and toddlers will love this funny story with opportunity to interact by guessing what Vivian will say to each successive deliverer.
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411 reviews
October 24, 2017
The parent character has a clever way to distract their child while they're waiting, but it's not a book that exactly holds my attention. It is a fun "guess the greeting/animal sound before I turn the page" sort of thing, though.
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954 reviews
November 13, 2020
This book attempts a humorous introduction to breaking traditional gender roles. I definitely appreciate this beginner's book to job titles like pizza man, pizza woman, and the universally correct pizza delivery person! Even when the goose delivered the pizza, it was a funny teaching moment :-)
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70 reviews8 followers
October 23, 2017
One of my son's favorite books for me to read to him when he was little!
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118 reviews
February 7, 2018
A silly, simple, and fun read aloud for little ones of all ages, both one-on-one or big group participation.
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10 reviews6 followers
March 7, 2018
My kid loves this book. He asks for it every night since we got it from the library. I have probably read it 30 times by now. :)

P.S. Hi pizza dinosaur!
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4,212 reviews35 followers
July 3, 2018
The artwork is good, but the story is not of a mother trying to distract her daughter with all the various incarnations of who could possibly deliver their pizza.
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750 reviews
July 19, 2019
I like this book because she asks "is it a pizza [spoiler alert] dog, pizza snake, pizza cat, or is it a pizza man?"
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