Published by Random House Books for Young Readers
Summary: Friends Pizza and Taco, bored with nothing to do, decide to throw a party at the water park. Unfortunately, they forget a few details like finding out if the water park is open and checking the spelling on the sign advertising their “farty”. One by one, the guests (Ice Cream, Cake, Hamburger, Hot Dog, Cheeseburger, and the Chicken Tender Twins) get fed up (pun intended) with the party’s lameness and go home. Pizza and Taco conclude with a party-planning list for next time based on what they’ve learned. 72 pages; grades K-3.
Pros: Somehow I missed this fast food duo’s 2020 debut, but it seems like a sure-fire hit: comic book format, friendly banter, humorous word play (“Loud noises make Ice Cream Melt Down”) and a third book on the way. There’s a list of Random House’s other “Awesome Comics for Awesome Kids” at the end that look to be in a similar vein.
Cons: I was hoping for some redemption for grumpy Cheeseburger, but instead he ended up on the party-planning list of don’ts: “Don’t invite Cheeseburger”.