The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli

watermelon seed

The Watermelon Seed
Greg Pizzoli
5 Stars

In this fun story a gator declares his love for watermelon. The gator thinks that eating watermelon is the best thing ever. Unfortunately the gator accidentally swallows a watermelon seed. And now a watermelon is going to grow in his belly. He will have watermelon vines coming out of his ears. His skin will turn pink. He might even end up in a fruit salad. Then he burps, and the watermelon seed comes out. This gator is smart and vows he will learn from his past–so will never eat watermelon again so he won’t mistakenly eat any seeds. Only, watermelon is his favorite thing…

This is a clever book. The illustrations are all in green, pink, black and white. (The perfect colors for an alligator and watermelon story.) The gator is also such a fun character, almost as fun as Bob Shea’s Dinosaur vs. the Potty‘s dinosaur. I’m impressed with how much can be expressed with a one-color gator with a black outline and some subtle facial expressions. And the details of the fruit salad or the trail of where the watermelon seed flew has just the right amount of detail to make the book extra interesting (even if many of the youngest readers won’t even notice). And then there are the textures in the background colors. One pink one has just enough white textured throughout to make it seem like it is a slice of watermelon behind the gator. Seriously, this is a great book with a funny “what if?” that many young watermelon eaters have wondered about. Love it!

What to do after reading this book:
Eat a piece of watermelon.
Plant a watermelon seed (or another type of seed) and watch it grow.
Plant a whole garden.
Visit the zoo to see an alligator.
Go to a botanical garden.
Visit a farmer’s market and sample some fresh fruit.
Make a picture only using two or three colors.

Disney Hyperion Books, 2013
ISBN: 978-142317101-0
FORMAT: Picture Book
AGES: Preschool

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