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WINNER of the 2019 Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Award for Beginning Fiction

A Scholastic Book Club Pick of the Month for May, 2018 


A silly tale that is sure to engage beginning readers (and give them a craving of their own.)

School Library Journal


Pizza Pig

by Diana Murray

illustrated by Maria Karipidou

Random House Books for Young Readers, Feb. 2018

ISBN-10: 1524713341

ISBN-13: 978-1524713348




Kindness is on the menu! Pizza Pig's pizza parlor is the place to be, where animals can order whatever their taste buds desire in this entertaining Step 2 beginning reader.

Penguins like their pizza cold.

Rats want cheese with extra mold! 

Customers at Pizza Pig's get whatever they want on their pizzas! But why isn't Turtle eating? It turns out that one is the loneliest number when it comes to a bustling pizza joint filled with groups of animals. All Turtle needs is a friend to whet her appetite! This rhyming story about pizza, compassion, and friendship is sure to tickle young readers. 

Step 2 Readers use basic vocabulary and short sentences to tell simple stories, for children who recognize familiar words and can sound out new words with help. Rhyme and rhythmic text paired with picture clues help children decode the story.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Random House

  • Spanish edition (Oct 11, 2022)

  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593565614

  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593565612

PUERCO PIZZA! Spanish edition, Leyendo a Pasos, Coming in October 2022!

En esta edición en español del libro nivelado Pizza Pig (Paso 2), los lectores están invitados a la pizzería de Puerco Pizza, ¡donde cada pizza es perfectamente única!


Los osos quieren pizza de fresas.

Las gaviotas, de almejas.
Los clientes de Puerco Pizza pueden pedir lo que quieran en sus pizzas. Entonces, ¿por qué será que Tortuga no come? Resulta que uno es el número más solitario cuando se trata de una pizzería llena de grupos de animales. ¡Lo único que le falta a Tortuga es un amigo con quien compartir! Esta historia rimada sobre la pizza, la compasión y la amistad cautivará a los lectores más jóvenes.

Review from School Library Journal: "This sweet early reader centers around every kid’s favorite snack and does so in charming Spanish-language rhyme. The illustrations complement the simple story, making this a great choice for emergent readers. VERDICT A silly tale that is sure to engage beginning readers (and give them a craving of their own)."

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