Dragon Pizzeria

Dragon Pizzeria

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by Mary Morgan
     
 

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WELCOME TO DRAGON Pizzeria! BeBop and Spike are two friendly dragons who not only make delicious pizzas, but offer speedy dragon delivery anywhere in Fairy Tale Land! One giant pizza to Beanstalk Castle? BeBop cooks it up, and Spike delivers it in his hot-air balloon! Five pizzas with gumdrops to the Witch’s Gingerbread House? Coming right up!With bright and

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WELCOME TO DRAGON Pizzeria! BeBop and Spike are two friendly dragons who not only make delicious pizzas, but offer speedy dragon delivery anywhere in Fairy Tale Land! One giant pizza to Beanstalk Castle? BeBop cooks it up, and Spike delivers it in his hot-air balloon! Five pizzas with gumdrops to the Witch’s Gingerbread House? Coming right up!With bright and friendly art, a sing-song text filled with fairy tale clues, and speech balloons conducive to funny-voiced read-alouds, this is a perfect summer offering for the preschool crowd. A map on the final spread provides a “key” to all the fairy tales mentioned in this inviting pizza picture book.

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Publishers Weekly

Morgan (Sleep Tight, Little Mouse) turns a wacky premise-two dragons open a pizzeria in "Fairy Tale Land"-into a guessing game in this sprightly oversize book. As customers place orders over the phone, clues suggest their identities ("I would like 1 giant pizza, with a topping of magic beans. Deliver it to Beanstalk Castle"). Children, especially preschoolers, will enjoy predicting the destination of each pizza, revealed in wittily detailed spreads (to deliver the giant's pizza, the dragon powers a hot-air balloon by means of his fiery breath; Jack climbs a beanstalk while an enormous hand descends toward the balloon). Morgan also comes up with an inventive variety of delivery methods: rocket ship, unicycle, motorcycle raced atop a clothesline). To season the mix still further, the dragons recite fractured nursery rhymes as they make their pizzas ("Dickery dickery dare./ I toss the dough in the air"). Dialogue balloons and occasional comics-style lettering add flair to these motion-filled spreads. Pure fun. Ages 5-8. (June)

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Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
Mary Morgan's Dragon Pizzeria belongs to a subgenre of books that find ways of bringing characters from various popular fairy tales together, using a kind of guessing-game format. Unlike some, this book moves beyond a clever idea to creating a book that children in and out of classrooms will enjoy returning to again and again. One key to its success is the quality of the language play. In rhymed text, Dragon Be-Bop takes down the order from an identified caller, although the ingredients each specifies offer a good clue; then as Be-Bop fulfills each order, she sings an innovation on a nursery rhyme such as this one: What are pizzas made of? What are pizzas made of? Frogs and snails and green lizard tails…. The next spread shows Spike using his fiery breath to deliver the pizza. Instead of heavy-handedly naming the fairy tail, Morgan's brightly colored illustrations offer plenty of support for children to confirm for themselves which tale is involved—for example, the frog, snail and lizard tail delivery shows a wicked witch and an unhappy frog prince clinging to her broomstick. Classrooms that incorporate fairy tale units could easily add their own ideas for other orders that might come to the Dragon Pizzeria. What do you suppose the Three Little Pigs might like on theirs? Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 3- This guessing-game picture book has dragons, fairy tales, pizza, and transportation-all ingredients that kids will enjoy. BeBop the dragon loves to cook, and his friend Spike loves to go fast, so they are the perfect partners for a pizza-delivery business in fairy-tale land. As the orders come in, readers can guess which fairy-tale character is calling ("I would like a GIANT pizza, with a topping of magic beans"). BeBop whips up special orders, riffing on a different traditional nursery rhyme each time he tosses the dough ("Pat-cake, pat-cake, Pizza man...," "Pizza porridge hot..."), then Spike sets out for delivery in a hot-air balloon, a rocket ship, roller skates, and other unusual means of transport. Finally, in their largest order yet, BeBop and Spike prepare a three-tier wedding cake pizza to be delivered to Sleeping Beauty's castle. With colorful, cartoon illustrations and an interactive text that begs to be read aloud, this book was made to order for storytime.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD

Kirkus Reviews
Two dragons in Fairy Tale Land decide to open a pizza shop. BeBop cooks, while Spike serves as the speedy delivery dragon. Readers have the opportunity to guess who ordered each pizza from the types of toppings they choose: "One giant pizza, with a topping of magic beans," must be for the beanstalk giant, and Spike makes his delivery via hot air balloon. Tiny rose-petal pizzas must be for Thumbelina, while candy pizzas could be for none other than Hansel and Gretel, and so forth. Spike's mode of transportation changes with each delivery and includes a rocket, roller skates, a unicycle, a skateboard and, for his big finale, a motorcycle ridden on a high wire. Those with a love for reptiles, amphibians and/or mollusks may want to skip the pages where they are ingredients, but otherwise, Morgan's delightfully colorful artwork brims with details that will capture the attention of young readers. This playful addition to any fairy-tale collection will be a hit in storytimes. (Picture book. 3-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385377140
Publisher:
Random House Childrens Books
Publication date:
06/26/2013
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
32 MB
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Meet the Author

Mary Morgan studied art in Mexico and has illustrated more than 40 books for children. She was born in Chicago, grew up in Kansas City, and now lives in Paris, France.

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MsSilver75 More than 1 year ago
I love, love reading this book to my kids. Found it at the library and have been looking to buy it ever since. I can not order pizza anymore without hearing the sing-songy words from this book. There is enough repetition to keep the kids engaged and shouting out on those pages. Love it!