As April comes to a close, the Library is wrapping up a month of storytimes and special events featuring this year’s Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child selection. To celebrate this year’s selection, Number One Sam, author/illustrator Greg Pizzoli made a special appearance at CLP – Hazelwood.
Reading to a large group of eager preschoolers and their grown-ups can be tricky, but Pizzoli delivered an engaging storytime packed full of silly sound effects and colorful, life-sized illustrations.
Pizzoli began by reading Number One Sam, followed by his Theodor Seuss Geisel award-winning book, The Watermelon Seed. Pizzoli also shared two brand new picture books, Templeton Gets His Wish (May 2015) and Dragon Was Terrible written by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Greg Pizzoli (upcoming in 2016).
After stories, Pizzoli gave an illustration demonstration with insightful advice about drawing a race car just like Sam’s: “The trick to drawing a race car is to start with a slipper!”
Children and their grown-ups then had a chance to explore several stations set-up around the Library, including a race car craft featuring the characters from Number One Sam, an i-Pad exploration station, and a free-play zone equipped with cars and a giant racetrack! Each child also received a copy of Number One Sam to take home with them.
Here are three things you may or may not know about author/illustrator Greg Pizzoli. His favorite food is pizza (though he eats a lot of salad and oatmeal during book tours). His favorite color is blue. And if he could be any animal in the world, he would choose a house cat. Why? So he can live the easy life like his two cats, Sophia and Ralph (not to be confused with Rotten Ralph, of course).
By Jessica, CLP – Squirrel Hill