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Pizza Day: A Picture Book

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  147 ratings  ·  29 reviews
A young boy and his father gather ingredients in the garden to prepare pizza on a hot day in this preschool picture book companion to Soup Day.

On a sunny, summer day, a young boy and his father assemble the ingredients for a homemade pizza. From gathering fresh garden herbs to rolling out the dough for a crust to spreading on sauce and cheese, this picture book leads young
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 31st 2017 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (first published 2017)
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Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Would be a great preschool or early elementary book to teach steps of a process/task.
Kristina Jean Lareau
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picturebook
This is a book about making pizza.

That is my review.
In this companion book to Soup Day, this picture book follows a boy and his father as they spend the day together while his mother is off at her job away from home. I don't know patient younger readers will be with the book or all the steps of making a pizza that are described here, but I enjoyed the details and the fact that they found many of the ingredients for their meal in their garden. The added delights of whiling away the time by playing games outside makes it evident that this father is ...more
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: food, picture-book
This book about making a pizza wasn't all that great to me. But holy moley did Woods (4) love it. I mean, I had to keep renewing and checking that thing out from the library. Why did he love it?? I have no idea. Kids are weird. Out of all the books there a simple book about a day in the life of a child making a pizza wouldn't have been my bet. But looking back I can see it. It's certainly an idealized view of how he probably wants life to be- at home with a parent all day. Playing with his dog. ...more
Karina Alvarado
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book because it was so informative! The book talked about this little boy making pizza with his father, and I really liked how the book gave step-by-step instructions with pictures. The back cover of the book also includes more recipes and instructions! Furthermore, this is perfect for students who do not know how to read yet but are curious to learn! I can definitely see myself reading this book aloud as a way to try and get to know my students and their family life a litt ...more
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Okay, I like the process that the story goes through to make the pizza with child and father. I will use this in storytime programs for sure because it brings in some good info here with the different steps involved. But... WHY OH WHY is it that they put carrots into the tomato sauce they are making for the pizza? I don't get it. Is it a vegetable soup pizza? I am perplexed. ...more
Nov 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Lots of families have traditions - this one is all about pizza! Especially making pizza with ingredients fresh from the garden. Thick pages and lots of color make this book especially enticing to young eyes.
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture
I'm hungry for pizza after reading this yummy book. This family truly make a pizza from scratch from their garden.

This book isn't exactly a board book, but the pages are sturdy and there is no jacket cover.

A recipe is at the bake of the book for the sauce and the pizza crust.
Michael Perez
Dec 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Used in a storytime. I really like how the book teaches how to make a pizza, reinforces patience during process, and makes cooking a living process.
Katherine Kerber
Feb 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Pizza! It does have recipes.
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Sweet, healthy book detailing a father-son recipe for home-grown, homemade pizza!
Fun illustrations and a fun story about how pizza is made. It's a bit long for story time, but doable with the right combination of books/songs. ...more
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A young boy and his family make pizza, from picking the vegetables in the garden, making the dough, letting it rest, etc. Recipes in back.
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
My five-year-old loves this book and requested that we plant a pizza garden just like in the book.
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Yummy! Includes a great pizza recipe to make at home. Delightful story and bright illustrations.
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nice story about a dad making a pizza from scratch with his kid. Even has a recipe in the back of the book for you to try with your own child.
Dec 10, 2017 rated it liked it
The story is a little too simple to rave about, and the sauce had maybe a few too many ingredients from their garden. Kinda weird.
I like the vocabulary and that the dad is a stay at home dad.
Jo Oehrlein
Nov 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: math, picture-books
Mainly a story about a child and father picking things from their garden and making pizza from scratch.

There's a small counting component showing 1-5.
Kelly Carey
A straight forward how-to-book on making pizza -- some cute little references to dough resting and sauce napping.
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I liked this book very much.
Edward Sullivan
Jan 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books, food
A young boy and his father make a pizza together with ingredients grown in their garden.
Nov 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: storytime
Simple story about how to make a pizza
Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: art, community, food
A cute, detailed adventure in making homemade pizza from scratch, using materials from your own garden. There are recipes in the back, too!
Karla Winick-Ford
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
I wanted to love this more
I did


too long

didn't like the text wraps

illustrations were just so/so
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Nice book about making pizza. Recipe for pizza and sauce in the back.
Amelia B
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Oct 09, 2019
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Melissa Iwai is the children’s book author and illustrator of Soup Day. She has also illustrated numerous picture books, including Let’s Go to the Hardware Store, Truck Stop, a 2014 Bank Street Library Best Book, Hush Little Monster, B is for Bulldozer, as well as many others. All of her books may be viewed at:

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