One of the things I like about graphic novels is that they do not “look” like a book. They are books, but they have this feeling they are not really a book to a reluctant or early reader. Does this make them the best format to read? Maybe/Maybe not. But you and your friends can vote on it, like best friends Pizza and Taco do in Pizza and Taco: Who’s the Best?
But like any election, there is a lead up to why there is an election. Here this graphic novel tackles an issue that many best friend’s get into sometimes: Who is the best? Pizza or Taco? Pizza is a triangle. Taco spicy. As they try and convince each other that they are the best, they find out the best thing, of course, is doing things with your best friend (even if Hamburger and Hot Dog laugh at your Besties Dance).
Stephen Shaskan’s story has stereotypical boy humor (bean joke anyone?), but, of course, anyone can read it. It is for all ages on one level, but the best audience is most likely ages 5 to 6 to read to (though it would not make a great read aloud to a large group) and ages 6 to 9 to read solo. Over all the text is simple, repetitive, and in the voice of the age aimed for. The illustrations are equal simple and fun. There is little detail allowing the reader to focus on the story. There is enough color and details, however, to compliment the story.
This book will not be making my top 5 favorite books. But it will not be on the worst list either. And while I might not actively look for more Pizza and Taco books, I will be recommending them and read another if we happen to cross paths.