The Watermelon Seed by Greg PizzoliThe Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli

The Watermelon Seed

byGreg PizzoliIllustratorGreg Pizzoli

Hardcover | May 14, 2013

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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. What will he do when his greatest fear is realized? Will vines sprout out his ears? Will his skin turn pink? This crocodile has a wild imagination that kids will love.

With bold color and beautiful sense of design, Greg Pizzoli's picture book debut takes this familiar childhood worry and gives us a true gem in the vein ofI Want My Hat BackandNot a Box.
Greg Pizzoli is an author, illustrator and screen printer. When not chomping down on watermelon, he can be found in his studio or teaching at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he also received his MFA. This is his first book. Visit him at 52nd Communication Arts Illustration Annual : Self ...
Title:The Watermelon SeedFormat:HardcoverDimensions:40 pages, 10.25 × 8.38 × 0.5 inPublished:May 14, 2013Publisher:Disney-HyperionLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1423171012

ISBN - 13:9781423171010


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Adorable fun read! This book has a cute story about a crocodile who loves watermelon and accidentally swallows a seed. The book has creative illustrations using bright pink and green. This fun read explores feelings of love and fear. And there is burping in the book. Kids love burping.
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from adorable and funny What an adorable story that will amuse the young reader. The main character LOVES LOVES LOVES watermelon. But ... oh no! He swallows a watermelon seed! He fears the worst until ... poof! oh. Funny.
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Watermelon Neurosis This adorable little crocodile loves, loves, loves watermelon. Anytime, anywhere, anyplace is the perfect time to indulge in a slice. Sprinkle salt, smack my chops, chomp it down, Ahhhhh, like a lot! Then one day an unthinkable thing happens...he swallows a watermelon seed and that's when his neurosis kicks in. He enters into the land of what if's. What if the seed starts to grow? The vines start to sprout? What if my skin turn all pink? His wild and crazy imagination takes over and his fear of becoming a watermelon clone, fuelled by his hypochondriacal personality, sets his head spinning. Is there a solution? Oh yes there is and you will smile when he discovers a natural and simple cure to his imagined medical nightmare. The artwork was inked on Bristol with a brush pen, screen printed by hand and drawn with a tablet on Photoshop. The vibrant pink, black and green palette helps tell the story simply and the expressions are priceless. This book is perfect for an open dialogue addressing a classic childhood fear. It is perfect for a beginning reader to cut his teeth on or as a great read aloud to share. Descriptive words such as chomp, slurp, guts and let's not forget.... bbuuuuuurrrrrrrppppp....will have kids in hysterics. Kudos for a debut book. I will look forward to many more to be launched in the future by this gifted author and illustrator.
Date published: 2014-08-05

Editorial Reviews

Children will love this hilarious book. Crocodile has devoured watermelon since babyhood and eats it every chance he gets. One day, however, he swallows a seed. This sends him into a panic. Will it grow inside him and come out of his ears? Will he grow larger and turn pink? The poor crocodile is so worried until he burps up the seed. He vows to never eat watermelon again, but will he be able to resist? The illustrations of the reptile's fear about what might happen to him are very funny and the oversize font on those pages reinforces the emotion in the story. The artwork was created by screen print in pink, green, black, and brown. This simplicity allows readers to fully appreciate the changes in the croc's facial expressions, which artfully contribute to the humor. The story has broad appeal, making it a great first purchase. Amy Shepherd, St. Anne's Episcopal School, Middleton, DE-SLJ