Curious George and the Pizza Party

Picture Book

Bibliographic Information: Rey, Margaret and H. A. Curious George and the Pizza Party. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010.

Plot Description:
George the monkey was very excited; a girl had invited him to a pizza party. His human, the man in the yellow hat, admonished George to behave well. At the party George received a chef’s hat and an apron; everyone would be able to make their own pizza out of small pieces of dough. George ignored the party games and instead squished all the dough together, which was a lot of fun; he then rolled out the dough all over the table, getting flour everywhere. The dough covered the table, chairs, and George! He cut the flat dough into shapes; the girl’s mom found him and was disappointed in him, telling him to go home. The girl thought George’s shapes were neat, and the mother told him he could stay if he cleaned up the kitchen. The kids helped him, and they all talked about how they would shape their pizzas. They put on ingredients and cooked the pizzas. George was happy he had been allowed to stay. There is a pizza recipe on the back cover.

Quantitative Reading Level: Accelerated Reader: 3.4

Qualitative Reading Analysis:
This book is written in third-person, focusing on George playing with pizza. It teaches the reader to take responsibility for their actions.

Content Area: English, Friendship

Content Area Standard:

  • CCSS for Literature for K-5: #1 Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text; #3 Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges; #7 Explain how specific aspects of a text’s illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story; #10 Read and comprehend literature in grade level text complexity range.
  • CCSS for Informational Text for K-5: #2 Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text; #7 Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas.
  • CCSS for Foundational Skills for K-5:  #4 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

Curriculum suggestions:
This is a fun modern book to use in English Language Arts Curriculum. It is best suited to 1st grade through 4th grade. It explores themes like creativity and friendship.

Note: The books featuring Curious Ceorge first began being published over 70 years ago. Books have been translated to television, tv episodes have been made into new books, and movies and video games have been created.

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