Synopses & Reviews
Don't tell anyone about this mouth-watering book from the New York Times
bestselling creators of Dragons Love Tacos
How does Racoon love pizza? Oh, let him count the ways. He loves the gooey cheesy-ness, salty pepperoni-ness, sweet sweet tomato-ness, and of course the crispity crunchity crust. But someone is always chasing poor Raccoon away from his favorite food with a broom! What's a hungry raccoon to do? Plan an elaborate secret pizza party, of course!
But shhh! Its a secret! In fact, you should probably just forget I told you. Nope, no secret pizza party happening here. You didn't already tell all your friends, did you? Uh oh...
Fans of Jon Klassen and Mo Willems's humor will gobble up this quirky ode to the lengths we will go to for our heart's desire.
"'Poor Raccoon. All he wants in life is some pizza.' And who can blame him? Pizza is its own breed of perfect: 'So beautiful, you could hang it on the wall of a museum,' (Salmieri mounts a slice between a Picasso and a Matisse). 'So convenient, you could eat it in the bathtub.' The narrator who is undoubtedly related to the same skewed logician who explained the dragon-taco connection in Dragons Love Tacos decides that what Raccoon needs is a secret pizza party: 'So folks don't show up to bonk you with brooms' (something that happens to him with alarming regularity) and because 'When you make something secret, you make it special.' There's just one catch: Raccoon has to get the pizza, and he's a wanted pizza thief. Although not up to the silly sublimity of their previous efforts the pacing is a bit slack, and the ending slapdash Rubin and Salmieri still score plenty of comic points with their deadpan riffs, offbeat asides, and singleminded hero who can't catch a gooey, cheesy break. Ages 35. Agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“The skillful gouache-and-ink compositions are full of sly details and visual humor. Its hard not to giggle at scenes like the lanky pizza man with angry eyebrows and a handlebar mustache rolling out dough while glaring at a 'Wanted' poster featuring the raccoon. With a casually diverse cast of characters, Secret Pizza Party is a sure hit for primary-grade kids, who will appreciate the subtle humor and absurdity.” School Library Journal, starred review
About the Author
Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri are the creative team behind several delicious picture books. Adam's pizza of choice is pepperoni, while Daniel prefers his with mushrooms. They both live in New York City, pizza capital of the world.