TITLE: THE WATERMELON SEED
AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR: Greg Pizzoli
PUBLISHER: Disney Hyperion Books/2013
OPENING LINES: I love watermelon! CHOMP! CHOMP! CHOMP! It’s the best
Crocodile sure loves watermelon. Every meal of the day. But . . . when he accidentally swallows a seed, he worries about all the things that will happen to him. Will a watermelon patch grow inside his tummy? Will he turn pink? You’ll have to read to find out! I will tell you that I can’t get enough of this book. I love looking at the bright illustrations (including seed-dotted end papers and – bonus - peek under the jacket cover to reveal a watermelon rind!). Croc’s expressions perfectly convey his rollercoaster emotions. Pizolli’s use of humor, suspense, lovable character voice, relatable topic and large, bright illustrations make this a great read-aloud. No wonder it won a Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) award! If you are lucky enough to meet the author (as I have), and ask him to sign your copy, he might even draw Croc eating a slice of watermelon on the title page. Thanks, Greg!