On June 29, 1999, curious things start to happen all over America. A hiker in Montana finds giant turnips in the Rocky Mountains. "Cucumbers circle Kalamazoo. Lima beans loom over Levittown. Artichokes advance on Anchorage." TV news channels announce that arugula has covered Ashtabula, which puzzles Holly, because arugula is not part of her experiment. In fact, she is forced to conclude that none of the enlarged specimen sightings are a result of her initial seedling launch. Where did the giant vegetables come from then? Wiesner waits until the last pages to deliver the punch line. Throughout the book, his visual humor interplays perfectly with the sophisticated though minimal text. (A Mount Rushmore-like scene reveals the faces of Reagan, Bush, Nixon, and Carter carved out of giant potatoes with the caption "Potatoland is wisely abandoned.") This beautifully composed ode to absurdity makes us all wish we really could see parsnips over Providence. Awards and other recognition: 1993 ALA Notable Book, School Library Journal Best Books of 1992, Fanfare 1993: Horn Book's Outstanding Books of the Year, Publishers Weekly 50 Best Books of 1992, New York Times Notable Books of the Year 1992. (Ages 5 and older) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Wiesner has the best illistrations and tales. Love his books. I am collecting them for my grandchildren and grand sonPublished 13 months ago by Pamela P.
the great thing about the David Wiesner books is of course the beautiful water color images which include the cover. The cover on this book was torn with some of it missing. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Gerardo Perez
I have several David Wiesner illustrated books and this by far is the BEST in terms of artistic perspective and variation from page to page in his theme and work. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Pamela
David Wiesner is my favorite!!! Beautiful pictures painted with clever content... I know you will enjoy this book as much as I do!Published 24 months ago by Sadie Mercer
Wiesner does not disappoint. The twist at the end is fun. The side benefit of geographical locations throughout the book is a treat.Published on April 19, 2013 by Don D. Bouchard
Top of the line children. The pictures were beautiful and captivated my children attention and imagination. The artwork was magically creative.Published on February 11, 2013 by Mindi Pasquarello
I thought the writing was great, the illustrations beautiful, but the ending made no sense given the rest of the story.Published on May 25, 2012 by L. Fischman
I'm very familiar with this product, being a recently retired second grade teacher. David Wiesner has a fine sense of imagination. Read morePublished on January 15, 2011 by Kathy Tollenaere