Pete’s a Pizza… and More William Steig Stories (Scholastic Video Collection)

May 7, 2017 - Comment

PETE’S A PIZZA: (Narrated by Chevy Chase, Music by Raul Malo) When Pete is in a bad mood, his parents cheer him up by making a pizza with a very special ingredient — Pete! DOCTOR DE SOTO: (Music composed by Ernest V. Troost) Doctor De Soto, everyone’s favorite mouse-dentist, helps a fox with a sore

PETE’S A PIZZA: (Narrated by Chevy Chase, Music by Raul Malo) When Pete is in a bad mood, his parents cheer him up by making a pizza with a very special ingredient — Pete!

DOCTOR DE SOTO: (Music composed by Ernest V. Troost) Doctor De Soto, everyone’s favorite mouse-dentist, helps a fox with a sore tooth. The fox has a mouth-watering scheme to eat him after the job is done. But Dr. De Soto has a plan of his own.

THE AMAZING BONE: (Narrated by John Lithgow) Pearl befriends a talking bone she finds in the woods. A hungry fox captures them and brings them to his home. How will they escape?

(All stories written and illustrated by William Steig)

DVD Features: The Three Robbers; Moon Man; Great White Man-Eating Shark; Getting To Know William Steig; Read Along; Interactive Menus; Story SelectionThe excellent Scholastic Video Collection spotlights the author of Shrek, William Steig. The title story is one of his warmest and most uncharacteristic–a simple story about how parents find a fun activity for their bored son by imagining him as a pizza. The other stories, “Doctor De Soto” and “The Amazing Bone,” have more typical Steig bite; the former (an Oscar® nominee) is about a mouse-dentist who takes on a risky patient, while the latter tells of Pearl the Pig who finds a talking bone. All three stories are wonderfully illustrated, and Chevy Chase (“Pizza”) and John Lithgow (“Bone”) supply pitch-perfect narration. As with all the DVDs in this collection, the added content doubles the running time. Three additional stories keep the rambunctious air that made Steig (like Roald Dahl) so popular with kids and adults, although sensitive kids and parents might find the perilous situations unfunny. Tomi Ungerer’s “The Three Robbers” and “Moon Man” bookend Margaret Mahy’s “The Great White Man-Eating Shark,” which follows a boy who pretends to be a shark and scares beachgoers. All in all, another winner for kids ages 4 and older. –Doug Thomas

Comments

Kindle Customer says:

Pizza Pizza! William Steig is pure gold, as always! Pete is grumpy because it’s raining and he can’t play outside. His father has an idea: Maybe Pete would enjoy being made into a pizza! Dad takes Pete over to the table, rolls the dough and throws Pete up in the air like a pizza maker would do; then he sprinkles water for oil, paper bits and talcum powder for cheese, puts him in the “oven” (the sofa) to bake, then cuts him up. There’s some unpizza like tickling involved, too. This story is imaginative, fun…

Linda says:

Pete’s a Pizza – ALL stories on this DVD are great!

Anonymous says:

My kids (ages 2,4,6) love this DVD. It is filled with great stories by William Steig. If you are not familiar with his stories – you may know him as the author who created Shrek. These stories are gems – very enjoyable children’s stories that really entertain and contain some type of moral or lesson- in a very subtle way. Pete’s a Pizza (narr. by Chevy Chase) tells about a boy who is feeling glum and his parents pretend to make him into a pizza by rolling him, etc. Really cute family story…

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