Pizza! An Interactive Recipe Book

Lotta Nieminen ingeniously merges the children's cookbook with a board book format in Pizza! An Interactive Recipe Book. After Nieminen lists the ingredients required for pizza, she provides 10 straightforward steps, most paired with a die-cut means of interactivity. For step eight, "scoop the sauce onto the hot crusts, and spread it around with the back of the spoon," readers can spin a wheel to create the impression that sauce is swirling onto a pizza crust. Even adults may find it hard to wait their turn to "knead" the dough in step four: a clear plastic sheet over a spongy yellow surface has the tactile allure of Play-Doh. Here's hoping Nieminen, whose Cook in a Book series includes Pancakes! and Tacos!, stays hungry. --Nell Beram, freelance writer and YA author

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