The Watermelon Seed

The Watermelon Seed

Book - 2016
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With perfect comic pacing, Greg Pizzoli introduces us to one funny crocodile who has one big fear: swallowing a watermelon seed. Will vines sprout out his ears? Will his skin turn pink? This crocodile has a wild imagination that kids will love, and the new board-book format makes this hilarious romp the perfect pick for preschoolers. Praise for The Watermelon Seed
Winner of the 2014 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award "Pizzoli legitimizes childish anxieties but also slyly exaggerates each worry to highlight the humor."
-New York Times
* "It's an expert debut..."
- Publishers Weekly , starred review

* "Children will love this hilarious book...The story has broad appeal, making it a great first purchase."
- School Library Journal , starred review

"The illustrations, done in a graphic, flat-color style with simple linework, recall the cheerful stylings of Ed Emberley and Roger Hargreaves. While Pizzoli uses the computer to arrange his compositions, he takes extra care to hand print the pieces. Done in a three-color printing, the silk screen offers a toothiness to the page, giving fruit, animal and emotions more substance."
- Kirkus Reviews

"With a sharp graphic sensibility, vibrant design, and adept characterization, Pizzoli spins the simple premise into a sweet confection, ripe with broad humor."
- Booklist Online Praise for Number One Sam "Pizzoli's zingy ice-pop colors and dramatically varied page compositions take home the blue ribbon."
-New York Times * "[A] class act."
-Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "[A]nother winner from Pizzoli." - Publishers Weekly , starred review

* "'[A] popular choice at storytimes." - School Library Journal
"Pizzoli's talent with color, easy-to-read words, and humor is something to behold . . . This one does it all."
- Horn Book
"[T]his will zoom off shelves."
-Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Praise for Templeton Gets His Wish

"Cheerful entertainment, with just a touch of snark."
-Publishers Weekly "The story's exuberance is catching and reassuring . . . Templeton is a celebration of independence, and of our complex feelings about those we love."
-Horn Book "Templeton...conveys intense emotion with a few simple lines and very bright colors, as his tale reflects the endearing aspects of a small child's struggles to behave."
Publisher: Hachette Book Group 2016
ISBN: 9781484712368
Branch Call Number: ON ORDER 2016


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gabriellewilliams Feb 05, 2018

My daughter adored this book, she would ask to read it again as soon as we finished it. Even at two she got the joke. And the harder she laughed the more I hammed up the crocodile's distress.

Aug 09, 2017

This book really catched my little ones attention. She loved it so much that she memorised what was written on each page even if she doesn't know how to read. Short sentences made it easy to read to a 3 years old.

GCPL_EarlyLit Jun 28, 2017

Little ones love this read. Anytime you work a belch into storytime is a win.

VaughanPLAlex Mar 03, 2017

This book is great for story time, especially if you read it with a lot of expression! The kids really get into it and can't stop giggling!

cmlibrary_ecrites Nov 28, 2016

This is a cute, simple story. My 3 year old can't get enough of it!

Jan 09, 2016

Cute story.

LAYNE_A Aug 19, 2015

This hilarious picture book has a vintage feel with a touch of modern gross-out humor. The almost-3-year-old in my house has requested it nightly.

Anne__O Jul 08, 2015

Can you imagine what happens if you swallow a watermelon seed? Let’s just say the result could be hilarious!

CRRL_CraigGraziano Jun 25, 2015

Short sentences and accessible words helped to earn The Watermelon Seed the 2014 Geisel Award—named after Dr. Seuss—for best beginning reader book. His screenprinted illustrations and fantastic use of only green, pink, black, and white give the book a vintage feel, as if it was published long ago.

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Miranda_J Dec 19, 2014

A 2014 American Library Association, Theodor Geisel Award winner. "Have you ever swallowed a seed?" Do you love watermelon? Bite into this great read.

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Sep 18, 2017

Penken59 thinks this title is suitable for 3 years and over

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