Eight-time world pizza dough-tossing champion Gemignani serves up a fictionalized account of just such a championship run. "Hold the anchovies!... This looks important!" Tony says when an invitation to compete in the World Pizza Championship arrives at his pizzeria. He and a co-worker cross the country in the "Pizzamobile," collecting the remaining four members of their team. In Italy, they clinch the prize with a nifty feat, showcased in a foldout spread: they form a human pyramid-the top fellow reaches his perch via unicycle-while tossing dough. Vivid colors dominate Trueman's (One Beetle Too Many) stylized mixed-media illustrations, which give the team (and their feats) a larger-than-life, modern folk hero quality (whirls of dough, flour and limbs mostly succeed at conveying the movement inherent in this activity). The pizza-obsessed will enjoy facts about quirky pizza toppings around the world, photos of Gemignani's championship team and illustrated dough and pizza recipes, with detailed tossing tips. Enthusiastic narration and pizza puns aplenty ("It's a good thing I ordered an extra-large van") help make this light, delectable fare. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Tony and the Pizza Championsby Tony Gemignani, Matthew Trueman
From the eight-time world pizza-tossing champion, this dynamic picture book invites readers to join in the dough-flying fun as Tony and his team of talented pizza-tossers travel to Italy to compete in an international competition. Pizza lovers of all ages will be amazed to get this inside peek into the acrobatic art of pizza tossing, and to see the many diverse… See more details below
From the eight-time world pizza-tossing champion, this dynamic picture book invites readers to join in the dough-flying fun as Tony and his team of talented pizza-tossers travel to Italy to compete in an international competition. Pizza lovers of all ages will be amazed to get this inside peek into the acrobatic art of pizza tossing, and to see the many diverse ways that the much-loved food can be enjoyed here and abroad. Also included are Tony's famous pizza recipe and step-by-step dough-tossing instructions for those who want to get into the act.
Tony Gemignani, aka Tossing Tony, and his friends form a team from across the U.S. and travel to Italy where they vie for the World Pizza Championship. This competition is more than just making a tasty pie-its focus is on the skill of pizza tossing. Recipes and instructions are included. Photographs of the world champs at the end confirm that this story is based on real events and people. The mixed-media illustrations successfully capture the glee and high energy involved in pizza tossing. White paint splatters make the work appear covered with flour. A delightfully palatable selection.-Laura Butler, Mount Laurel Library, NJ
- Chronicle Books LLC
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- Product dimensions:
- 8.60(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.60(d)
- Age Range:
- 5 - 8 Years
Meet the Author
Tony Gemignani is a world-renowned pizza tosser. His team has won the world pizza-tossing championship in Italy eight times. He and his brother own Pyzano's Pizzeria in Northern California. He is the co-author of Chronicle's Pizza cookbook.
Matthew Trueman has illustrated several children's books. Raised in Italy, he now lives in Alpha, New Jersey.
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