Monday, November 15, 2010


Pizza for Breakfast
by Maryann Kovalski

Frank and Zelda own a pizza shop next to Mel’s Summer Hat and Glove Factory, and their business was always busy. Frank makes the pizza, and Zelda waits on the tables. They both worked hard, but Frank thought that the kitchen was too hot and Zelda’s feet hurt. Frank and Zelda knew that they should have a plan in case the factory closed, but they never got around to it. Then the factory does close, and there are no longer any customers. Then a man appears one day, and they make him a great pizza. After he eats the pizza, they find that he does not have any money. He does ask them to make a wish, though. Frank and Zelda wish for a thousand customers every day. The next few days, they get their wish, and they are happy. Then there are so many customers, that Frank and Zelda cannot keep up. So they wish for more help. The next day a bunch of waiters appear, but the restaurant is not big enough for everyone. Then Frank wishes for a bigger restaurant. The next morning they have a bigger restaurant. Will Frank and Zelda continue to make pizza? Will they change their minds about all the business?

Dragon Pizzeria

by Mary Morgan

BeBop and Spike decide to open a pizzeria together. BeBop loves to cook, and he wants to make pizzas. Spike loves to go fast, and he will deliver the pizzas. They get their first call the next night. The giant from Jack and the Beanstalk wants a giant pizza with magic beans on top. Spike delivers the pizza in his hot-air balloon. The next call is from a witch who wants her pizza with frogs, snails, and green lizard tails on it. Spike delivers her pizza with his rocket ship. Each time BeBop creates a pizza he says a little poem to himself, and Spike delivers each pizza in a different way. Each character that orders a pizza has something to say, and the toppings that they want on their pizza are clues as to which character is ordering the pizza. Have fun trying to guess who the next fairy tale character ordering will be.

The Pizza Mystery
by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Box Car Children: Benny, Henry, Jessie, and Violet Alden are back to solve another mystery. The children and their grandfather are coming home from a trip, and they decide to have lunch at their friends’ Mr. and Mrs. Piccolo’s Pizza. They find out from Tom at the gas station that the Piccolo’s are having a hard time with their business, and that there are times when the restaurant is not even open. Then they the not-very-nice Mr. Irons who is running the Mighty Mufflers Factory while the owner is traveling. They have a hard time finding the restaurant with the new Mighty Muffler factory. Then they find that the pizzeria is empty. Mr. Piccolo tells them about all of the trouble he has been having. The factory workers had come to the restaurant, but then the gate went up, and then the workers went other places. Then the lunch hours got cut. Now the diggers next door at the factory have “accidentally” cut the gas line, and the couple cannot even make pizzas in the oven. The children’s grandfather leaves them there with the Piccolo’s for a couple of weeks, and the children want to help the Piccolo’s turn things around. Henry goes to the gas company to check and make sure the gas line was getting worked on, and he finds that no one ever called to get the line repaired. The children come up with an idea of little personal pizzas that can be made in the little electric oven in the apartment the children are staying in. Business soon starts picking up. The children notice a lady in a red hat who takes notes of the customer’s favorite pizzas, and after she leaves, the children notice that a menu is missing. The day the gas company is supposed to show up to repair the gas line, the company tells them that a lady had canceled. Then the lady in the red hat starts working for the Piccolo’s, and the children find her looking at Mrs. Piccolo’s recopies one day. Then things start to go wrong. Orders are made with no one to pay for them, and then one night the electricity goes out. Will the Alden children be able to figure out what is going on at the pizzeria? Will they be able to help their friends before they have to close their restaurant for good?

Where Do Pizzas Grow?
by Elizabeth W. Yarbrough and illustrated by Cathy Ragsdale>

This nonfiction book was written by a teacher who was asked by this question by one of her students. She told him that pizzas did not grow, but after thinking about it that night, she told her students the next day how all of the ingredients for pizza were grown. The story is told from the student, Jake’s, view. He talks about how he really enjoys lunch, and how it is pizza day in the cafeteria. Jake asks Miss Dubose this question as he is eating his pizza. Miss Dubose tells him that pizza come already made to school, and that they are just warmed up. Then she decides to turn his question into a lesson for all of the students. Miss Dubose starts by asking them to list what comes on a pizza. Then the students learn where the ingredients come from. When Jake gets home, he can tell his mother what he learned about pizzas that day. At the end of the book there is a list of ingredients for pizza and a picture of the animals and plants they come from. You can try to match the ingredients with what they come from

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