written and illustrated by Mike Lowery
2016 (Workman Publishing)
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher
Look! It's a flying skorb!
Carl the Duck is back with another mission for you. He’s desperately hungry and can’t find any pizza. To stave off Carl being especially hangry (hungry + angry), you have to doodle your way to solving the mystery of the missing pizza. The cool part is that you can actually write in this book and it’s not a standardized test. Your first stop in looking for clues is La Pizza Magnifico restaurant. What you find is a total lack of pizza but plenty of feathers and parrot droppings. Hmmm. At your next stop, the Dough Factory, you have to draw something that will allow you and Carl to peek inside the windows. No dough here, just a sword in the gears of the stopped machines. Moving on to his favorite pizza joint, a footprint and what looks like a stick leg imprint next to each one only stump Carl as to who this pie crook might be. Fortunately, you are his sidekick and you’re smart enough to put the clues together. And doubly lucky, the thief left a treasure map for you and Carl to use. Now you just need to draw a cool aquatic transport so you can catch up to this mozzarella stealing monster. On the way to your destination, you’ll meet a overly conversational iceberg, two prank-playing clouds, and a pack of piranhas. With your drawing skills, you will sketch something heinously smelly to ward them off.
What do you get when you combine a whiny fowl, the best food in the world, a pernicious yet surprising pirate, loads of puns, and the chance to mark your book with cool drawings? You get a really fun reading experience. You get a story that will inspire young wannabe writers to stretch themselves. You get a book that will take the edge off a long car trip. All of this and more await you in your Pursuit of the Pesky Pizza Pirate.