Written & illustrated by Greg Pizzoli
Published by Disney/Hyperion, 2013
Format: Early/easy ready; Print Book; 27 cm
40 Pages ~ Ages 3-5
This crocodile LOVES watermelon! There’s only one problem: he fears he will swallow a seed. What would happen if he did? Will he eat watermelon again?
At first, readers might not necessarily notice the theme presented in Pizzoli’s The Watermelon Seed, focusing mostly on the present idea of fear. While onomatopoeia makes the book comical, the important message to take away is to never give up (on) something you love. Although he only chooses four, Pizzoli’s use of color for the illustrations is very rich and enhance the text. For instance, when the crocodile realizes he has swallowed a watermelon seed, readers can sense his surprise and fear as Pizzoli bleeds a double-page spread with red and uses all capital letters for the text. I give The Watermelon Seed 🍉🍉🍉.
- text is age-appropriate
- easy to read
- use of onomatopoeia engages young audience
- illustrations enhance the text
- presents atypical consequences/experiences (as the watermelon grows in the crocodile), although this is what makes the book funny for a young audience
This book would be a great read aloud, especially with pre-k and kindergarten students. Pizzoli’s use of onomatopoeia is sure to produce participation from kids as a teacher or parent takes the lead reader role. The Watermelon Seed could also be used as the literary component to a unit on fruits. There are illustrations in the book that could be used to exhibit the fruit and create discussion on its parts and how it grows. It could also be used to learn about crocodiles (and what they really eat). Preschool ages would enjoy this book at home during family reading time. The Watermelon Seed is also a great read for the summer.
- Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin (similar book about animals who eat “human” foods)
- Theodore Seuss Geisel Honor Book (2014)
Check out the trailer here!