There are some questions that may never be answered, like which came first, the chicken or the egg. Such is the case with Pizza and Taco: Who’s the Best?, a graphic novel where a slice of a pizza and a taco argue over who is best. I can’t make that decision, guys. It’s like asking me to choose between my children.
Pizza and Taco is intended for a younger crowd. The characters aren’t exploring the deep inner feelings of what it means to be a pizza or a taco. They’re two best friends who got into an argument and learn a lesson. There are some things that they’re each better at than the other, but it doesn’t make either of them the best. They’re just buds and that’s all they need, especially when they’re going down water slides and doing special dances.
This book is infectiously fun and silly. Creator Stephen Shaskan takes this crazy premise and runs with it at full speed. Pizza and Taco are absolutely adorable to the point where I would have a hard time eating them. The same can be said for their other friends, Hamburger and Hot Dog.
The journey to discover who is best is a wild one, complete with a breakdown of the ingredients and toppings for each, an election, and a water slide competition. The book moves at a fast pace, bouncing between hilarious hijinks. This makes for a fast and enjoyable read.
There’s definitely a message of acceptance, understanding, and friendship beaming through Pizza and Taco: Who’s the Best?, however it comes through in an organic way. Shaskan doesn’t sit you down and explain that this is what you should learn from the story. It allows the reader to connect those dots, realizing how silly this argument is and that it doesn’t matter so long as they’re best friends. Pizza and Taco were already joined together forever as two of my favorite foods, so knowing they’re also buddies makes me so happy.
Pizza and Taco: Who’s the Best? from Random House Graphic is scheduled for release on May 5th, 2020. It’s currently available for pre-order on Amazon.