You know, we all get a little mad sometimes. But throwing perfectly good pizza onto the roof of your house is NOT an okay way to show your anger! It makes me cry to think of the tragic--TRAGIC--scene in the TV series Breaking Bad when Walter White hurls a delicious-looking pizza onto the roof, instead of directly into his mouth where it belongs.
I'm not the only one weeping. According to Buzzfeed, the people who live in the house where the show was filmed would really like you to stop throwing pizza onto their roof, please. They have backing from the show's creator, Vince Gilligan, who says "there is nothing original or funny or cool about throwing a pizza on this lady’s roof."
What IS original and funny and cool, though, is picture books about pizza. Here are my favorites!
I once read this book out loud 2,486 consecutive times during a weekend trip with my friend and her kids. It still had me laughing to the point of tears by the end. I don't want it to be a secret anymore--this book is the BEST.
There's a reason your local children's librarian probably has a copy of this squirreled away in her office: it's the best readaloud ever. Yes, EVER. And it's out of print. Fortunately, you can check it out at OPL (though you may have to wait a bit!).
William Steig was a New Yorker cartoonist who wrote several much-loved children's classics, including Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. Pete's a Pizza is a quiet gem that acknowledges the universal truth of children: they would all LOVE to be made into a pizza.
Still hungry? There are lots of other picture books about pizza at your local OPL branch. And the next time you are tempted to fling a pizza onto your roof in anger, take two deep breaths, get back in your car, and bring the pizza over to my house instead. I'll make sure it never troubles you again.
PS Grownups, did you catch that you can find every season of Breaking Bad at your library? We know what you like!