Do you have a new reader in your life who loves funny stories? If so, they may be ready to dig into the Pizza and Taco series from Minneapolis author/illustrator Stephen Shaskan.
Pizza and Taco are, in fact, a slice of pizza and a taco who are best friends. In each book, they reestablish their friendship via a new adventure, such as hosting a party, creating comics or forming a rock band. Pizza and Taco: Dare to Be Scared is just in time for Halloween.
In this latest installment, Pizza and Taco dare each other to be scared. After trying to get spooked by the dark or a scary movie like Night of the Living Bread, they decide to go ghost pepper hunting.
Graphic novels (a story told in illustrated panels, similar to comics) for early readers have really taken off in the last few years. With simple text and lots of space for hilarious illustrations, these books are inviting and rewarding for new readers—a great way to build confidence and laugh your face off, too.
Officially for ages 5 to 8, I can attest some of these jokes are funny till at least age 49.
Happy spooky reading!
Megan Maynor is a children’s book author, Minnesota Book Award finalist and Minnesota Youth Reading Awards nominee. Read more at meganmaynor.com.