What if world peace was as easy to fix as feeding everyone pizza? Well in World pizza written by Cece Meng and illustrated by Ellen Shi, we find out how this could happen.
One night a family sit on a hill watching for a wishing star. When mama spots one she makes her wish. “I wish for world peace-ah…ahh..ahh-choo!” A floating cherry blossom had tickled her nose. Did she wish for world peace or world pizza? They soon find out when a pizza falls from the sky.
Pizza continues to fall from the sky all over the world.
“People living in the biggest building of the biggest town got pizza. People living in the smallest building of the smallest town got pizza. People with no place to live at all got pizza. (Those people got extra pizza.)”
The pizzas are all different and even the way people eat them is different but they all delicious and everyone is happy. Even the bully makes friends, pirates stop fighting and neighbours stop arguing. Pizza makes everyone full but also makes them laugh and talk and generally make friends. So in a way, Mama did get her wish for world peace after all.
This book is a lovely picture book for older children. Cece Meng has created a story that children will love to read (what child would not be captivated by pizza falling from the sky?) but also teaches them so much without them even realising. We learn about different cultures, diversity, bullies and homelessness. There are so many opportunities to start conversations with children that are not easy to start. The text is woven around beautiful illustrations by Ellen Shi. The illustrations themselves are great for talking and learning about different cultures. I love that this book makes topics that might otherwise be difficult to discuss with young children accessible and also memorable.
My eldest is just four years old, she loves this book and will happily sit and listen to it. She loves looking at the pictures and finds the idea of pizza falling from the sky funny. She doesn’t understand world peace, that some people are homeless or even the differences between where we live and other countries but this book has started to introduce these ideas to her in a way that is accessible for primary school age children. I’m sure we will continue to enjoy this book for many years to come.
World pizza, Cece Meng, Ellen Shi. ISBN 9781454919469. Available from Waterstones and other booksellers.
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Disclosure – we were sent this book in exchange for this honest review by GMC distribution. All photos and words are my own.