Pizza lovers will thrill to the true tale of how expert pizza tosser Tony assembled his team to compete in the World Pizza Championship in Italy. It all begins when the invitation arrives from the World Pizza Judges. Hold the anchovies, Tony cries (in just the first of many pizza related puns and exclamations). It turns out that Tony has many pizza-tossing artist friends, so he and his pal Ken (who has perfected a dough maneuver called the Whirlwind) set out to gather their most gifted pizza performing pals.
As Tony and Ken travel across the United States, they pick up their team-mates along the way, while readers learn the varying ways people in different parts of the country like to eat their pizza. For example, people who dont live in Philadelphia might be surprised to hear its common to wrap pizza around cheesesteak sandwiches there.
The pizza-tossing performers are quite the varied and colorful bunch. Each has his own specialty, including one guy who tosses dough in each hand . . .while riding a unicycle. After the group is gathered, they must practice until they have the best routine imaginable. Next, its time to head to Italy for the contest (and also to clue readers in on how people in different countries like to eat pizza). We experience the contest, right up to the foldout that shows Tonys teams wowza routine. Of course, the story has a happy ending embellished with photographs of the World Pizza Champions and a recipe for Tonys pizza. . .along with tips for how to toss the dough.
A truly delicious read augmented by jaunty colorful illustrations, TONY AND THE PIZZA CHAMPIONS is sure to be enjoyed by kids and parents alike.