Secret Pizza Party: Adam Rubin & Daniel Salmieri

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What is a raccoon to do when his absolute favorite thing in the whole wide world is pizza and nothing will make him happy until he gets it? Well, humans are not too keen on sharing with raccoons; they are all equipped with brooms to shoo him away fast. This raccoon decides to take matters into his own hands – and host a SECRET pizza party!

This witty and humorous picture book, written by Adam Rubin and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri, gives a playful and unique personality to a hungry little raccoon. The story describes this lovable animal’s obsession with pizza, which is “so beautiful, you could hang it on the wall of a museum,” as well as his ingenious plan to have his own secret pizza party. I have found that this book’s success is in its language and imagination. The author writes the raccoon’s perspective so playfully and authentically. The raccoon uses phrases such as “Booyah!” and “Hot diggity dog!” which I believe make kids and adults alike chuckle. Adam Rubin’s descriptions for objects and events in the story make sense to children effortlessly. Raccoon describes the best parts of pizza “of course” are: “gooey cheesy-ness, salty pepperoni-ness, sweet, sweet tomato-ness, and crispity, crunchity crust.” The raccoon also illustrates exceptionally what “secret” means in the context of the story, with multiple examples and pictures for understanding. Moreover, the plot is imaginative. Raccoon must fight off raccoon-sniffing broom-bots before he makes it home safely. I know I was laughing out loud while reading this book because of this energetic raccoon and his wild expedition for beloved pizza. I believe young children, ages 3-7, will love to read this book, over and over again, marveling at the pictures and giggling at a silly raccoon’s ideas.

Reviewed by: Lauren McMillen

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