GRAPHIC NOVELS

Pizza and Taco: Who’s the Best?

Random. (Pizza and Taco). May 2020. 72p. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9780593123317.
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K-Gr 2–Pizza or Taco? That is the question. Pizza and Taco’s friendship is put to the test when they disagree over who is the best. Their competition soon turns political, and the two must find voters (Hot Dog and Hamburger), campaign, debate, and ultimately hold a fair and balanced election to determine the winner. Colorful and simple comic illustrations were created by adding line-drawn eyes, legs, and arms to Photoshopped pictures of actual food. The clear, distinct text is placed on a white background and consists of easy-to-pronounce words and phrases. Context clues are doled out through the illustrations and help readers make logical conclusions about the plot. The message of enfranchisement and political grandstanding can be given as much weight as parents and caregivers wish. Several jokes are aimed at an adult audience but don’t detract from the story. There’s plenty of gross-out humor for kids. Readers will relate to the joy and frustration of friendly competition, and the hilarity of watching an animated taco and slice of pizza do their best-friends dance is not to be missed.
VERDICT A delightful graphic novel for young readers.

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