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The Watermelon Seed

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  2,353 Ratings  ·  464 Reviews
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 deb
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published May 14th 2013 by Disney-Hyperion (first published May 1st 2013)
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Steven Matview
Sep 25, 2015 Steven Matview rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e
I just loved this book.


Our main character is an adorable and slightly neurotic little crocodile with a lifelong obsession for that red and green juicy fruit.

Look - how lovable is this guy? Is there a plush yet?

As Crocodile explains, ‘“Ever since I was a teeny, tiny baby crocodile, it's been my favorite. CHOMP! SLURP! CHOMP’”

Basically, he loves watermelon in the same way Popeye loves spinach or Homer Simpson loves donuts.

Anyone with kids in their life can relate to the sing
Feb 06, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books

What happens when you swallow a watermelon seed? Does it grow? Does it stay there? Goodness I hope not! I’ve swallowed many, many seeds in my life. :D

The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli shows readers just how big a little seed of worry can grow.

Crocodile loves watermelon! I mean LOVES!

”I like it for breakfast,
I like it for lunch.
I like a big salty slab
for dinner…and I LOVE it for dessert!”

But when a watermelon seed ends up in his belly, his imagination and fear runs wild creating all sorts of cr
Aug 03, 2016 Elaine rated it liked it
Shelves: storytimes
This is a big hit with Pre-schoolers at story time!
Emily Benner
This humorous children's books is about a young alligator and its favorite food, watermelon. The book starts with the alligator saying how much he love watermelon and how he loves to eat it for every meal of the day. Until...the young alligator swallows a watermelon seed. The alligator thinks of all of the bad things that could happen to him because he swallowed the seed. In the end he ends up burping up the watermelon seed and eating watermelon again. Two literary elements that I would conside ...more
Kristen Carson
Dec 09, 2014 Kristen Carson rated it liked it
Book Information:
The genre of this book is fiction and the reading level is PreK-first grade.
This book tells the story of a crocodile. He loves to eat watermelon. One day, the crocodile eats watermelon and swallows a seed. He begins to freak out. He thinks that the seed will grow inside of his and make a watermelon in his tummy. He runs through a long list of things that could happen to him since he ate the seed. He then says that he is not going to eat any more watermelon, but in the e
Lauren Stoolfire
Jul 08, 2016 Lauren Stoolfire rated it it was amazing
Such a fun picture book and perfect for this time of year!
Crystal Bandel
Dec 06, 2013 Crystal Bandel rated it really liked it
The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli, published 2013.


Picture book.

Pre-K to grade 2.

Found via Library Media Connection, reviewed by Sara Rofofsky Marcus.

Like many children, the main character of this book loves eating watermelon, but he's scared of swallowing a seed and having it grow inside his stomach. This book follows that scary thought, showing a crocodile swallowing a seed, worrying about it growing, and burping it back up. Children will easily identify with the crocodile, and the si
Oct 07, 2015 Brittney rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This book is adorable! Young readers are presented with occurrences of onomatopoeia that then connect the emotions and sounds from the pages directly to the reader's mind, therefore making it all the more easy to relate. This award winning classic is a great book for teacher's to keep on their shelves because it can open up discussion to help students understand the misconceptions behind swallowing a watermelon seed. In addition, it's a truly hilarious and delightful read.
Feb 12, 2014 Betsy rated it it was amazing
As is often the case, I appreciated this book even more in the presence of children than when I first read it by myself. It's funny, has a terrific combination of words and pictures, and the author "gets" children (along with their slightly irrational fears). Delightful.
Maria Garcia
Jun 03, 2015 Maria Garcia rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
This is the story of a crocodile that loves to eat watermelon. One day he thinks he swallowed a seed, and he starts to think a tree is going to grow out of him. This book would be a great book to read to a class of kindergarteners and have them read along. I enjoyed that it had words that the students could say or yell depending on the mood of the page. This book does a great job in illustration.
Matthew West
Dec 09, 2014 Matthew West rated it really liked it
Shelves: t-l-307
The Watermelon Seed is a wonderful picture book that won the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award and certainly deserved it. The story follows a young crocodile who loves watermelon and wants to eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. However, one day the crocodile swallows a seed which causes panic for the crocodile because he believes now a watermelon will grow inside his stomach! This is such a great book because of the attitude that young children have that are very similar to this crocodile. I think ...more
Feb 11, 2015 Marisa rated it it was amazing
As a kid, did you ever wonder what would happen to he watermelon seed inside your tummy?

Well, this book definitely explores that topic! "The Watermelon Seed" is filled with simple yet charming illustrations that children ages 3-8 can enjoy, read and relate to. The use of onomatopoeia in this story is carefully laid out and balanced with the rest of the text in the story.

A quick, yet interesting story that follows a little crocodile after he accidentally swallows a watermelon seed.
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Auburn Library
Jun 20, 2016 Auburn Library rated it really liked it
Shelves: renee-s-reads
I read this book at storytime today. It's a great read-aloud!
May 28, 2014 Chelsea rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Very funny story and great for storytime!
Alyson Long
Pizzoli, Greg. The Watermelon Seed. Disney Hyperion Books. 2013. 40 p. Gr. PK-2.

Ever since he was young, watermelon has been this crocodile’s favorite food for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. One day he accidentally swallows a watermelon seed and has hallucinations of turning into a giant watermelon himself. He decides that eating watermelon is no longer a good life choice… until he burps up the seed and rethinks his crazy decision. Back to a watermelon diet goes the crocodile! (This book
Garrett Harner
Oct 29, 2015 Garrett Harner rated it really liked it
Plot: This is a silly book that shows a crocodile making very good choices in food...or so you think! As the crocodile eats his delicious piece of watermelon, he comes across a problem. SEEDS!?! When he chomps down one of the seeds, the crocodile is overwhelmed with the possibilities of whats to come. Hopefully things will turn out in his favor, and the seed wont take root.

Literary Merit: This is the perfect book for young readers. As you flip open the front cover, you see it is already engagin
Jane LoBosco
May 05, 2015 Jane LoBosco rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and the bright colors and humorous story throughout. This book is full of vibrant pages of pink and green, resembling that of a watermelon. The story is one that kids and adults alike will thoroughly enjoy. What little kid has not thought that if he swallows a watermelon seed, he will start to grow watermelons in his stomach? It is a very entertaining and relatable tale that children will love to be able to read on their own. The words are simple, yet still full of a g ...more
Mexy Gonzales
The book entitled “The Watermelon Seed” is about an alligator who absolutely loves watermelon. He has it for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. One day he accidentally swallowed a seed. He then starts imagining himself growing bigger, turning red, growing vines until he burps out the seed. Although he vowed to never eat watermelon again he takes another bite. I loved the great sound effects that this book contained such as slurp and chomp because then when saying the words children are able t ...more
Latoya Sharaine
This picture book is intended for children ages 3-5. It has received the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award in 2014. The Watermelon Seed is about a crocodile who loves to eat watermelon. He accidentally swallows a watermelon seed and starts to freak out, believing he will turn into a watermelon. This picture book received three stars because although it is a simple picture book for a beginner, I think that the illustrations could have been better. Compared to other picture books I have read, this one se ...more
Stephanie George
Mar 26, 2015 Stephanie George rated it really liked it
Shelves: easy-to-read
This young alligator loves nothing more than to chomp on watermelon. As long as he had watermelon to eat there could be no wrong, until he swallows a seed. Uh-oh! What will happen to the alligator? Will a watermelon grown in his belly? Will the vines come out his ears? Will he turn into a watermelon? What will become of this watermelon loving alligator?
This is a good book for children who are beginning to read. the words and sentences are at a lower level and the book is funny. Watermelon is a f
Jonathan Jordan
Mar 22, 2015 Jonathan Jordan rated it really liked it
The watermelon seed was a very short playful book that children can enjoy. The story begins with a Alligator who has always wanted to eat a watermelon because it was his favorite. The Alligator eats it all and swallows a seed and becomes very nervous that the seed will grow inside of him. The Alligator believes he will turn pink and grow vines inside however he coughs up the seed stating he will never eat watermelon again. This story provided a quick connection with children because we all have ...more
Geisel Award Winner 2014 The story is as old as time. Crocodile meets watermelon. Crocodile adores watermelon. Crocodile eats watermelon. Crocodile inadvertently swallows seed. Crocodile frets and worries and engages in histrionic apoplexy at certain I’m-gonna-turn-into-a-watermelon fate. Crocodile burps, expelling seed. Crocodile vows never to eat watermelon again. And the cycle repeats itself, presumably in perpetuity. With a sharp graphic sensibility, vibrant design, and adept characterizatio ...more
Jessica LeBaron
Jan 28, 2015 Jessica LeBaron rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young children
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The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli

I thought this book was a super cute read. For young, beginner readers, I think it is totally appropriate, and probably more appropriate if it is read aloud to students in a classroom or at home from parent to child. I feel that the tone and story was appealing, engaging, and easy to follow, and it brought back some memories of how I used to worry about eating watermelon seeds. I used to read books to my little brothers all the time when they were younger, and I f
Samantha Powley
Dec 14, 2014 Samantha Powley rated it liked it
Shelves: geisel-award
The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli is a great comical book to read to young students. The story is about a crocodile that loves to eat watermelon and he eats it all the time. One day his biggest fear happens; he swallows a watermelon seed. He begins to worry that the seed might grow in his stomach now. He worries his stomach is going to grow large and turn a pink color. His stomach starts hurting and then it starts to rumble until he let out a big burp and out came the seed. At first he decides ...more
Kaitlyn Steckbeck
Nov 21, 2014 Kaitlyn Steckbeck rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theodore-geisel
This book will definitely cause a laugh in the classroom. The book tells a story about an crocodile who loves watermelon so much that he eats it all of the time. The one day, however, he swallowed a watermelon seed! He was so worried that a watermelon would grow inside of him because the seed was now in his stomach. He thought his stomach would grow large and that he would turn pink. When his stomach started rumbling and hurting, he needed help until he had a big burp. This burp made the seed co ...more
Alyssa Scherr
Nov 05, 2014 Alyssa Scherr rated it really liked it
Shelves: 15-picture-books
This book begins with a crocodile who loves watermelon. He loves watermelon so much he eats it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. He then eats a piece and realizes he has swallowed a seed. He then imagines himself growing vines out of his ears, having his stomach stretch and his skin turning from green to pink. He burps and the seed pops out of his mouth. He then tells readers he will never eat melon again. On the last page is the crocodile eating another piece of watermelon.

I think the main them
Broghan Schlicher
Nov 05, 2014 Broghan Schlicher rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theodore-geisel
This book is called the Watermelon Seed and is by Greg Pizzoli. This book is also a Theodore Geisel book. This book would be a great book for preschool and kindergarteners. The students would laugh along with the book, and could also make predictions on what they think might happen. The book is about an alligator who LOVES watermelon. He eats it for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. One day while eating the watermelon, he swallows a seed. He then begins to panic because he thinks that a wate ...more
Rachel Ledbetter
This is a silly story of a crocodile that loves watermelon but has one big fear: swallowing a watermelon seed. This funny crocodile realizes he swallowed a seed and believes he is going to turn into a watermelon! What happens to this crocodile? Does he turn into a watermelon? The moral of this story is that your imagination can trick you sometimes to make you believe something can happen that is actually unrealistic. This would be a great book to do a read aloud activity for first graders to exe ...more
Taylor White
Oct 21, 2014 Taylor White rated it it was amazing
Shelves: november-19
The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli is a children's picture book and a Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Winner. The book begins with an alligator eating a piece of watermelon and explaining how he has loved watermelon every since he was really little. The alligator loves it so much he eats it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A problem arises when the alligator accidentally swallows a seed. He starts to imagine that the seed is turning into a watermelon inside of him. He is afraid that vines will come ...more
Nikki Howard
The Watermelon Seed is a story about an crocodile that loves watermelon. He loves eating it all day, every day. One day, he accidentally swallows a watermelon seed. He becomes very scared that a watermelon will begin to grow inside of him and that he will turn into a watermelon. What happened to him when he swallowed the seed? This crocodile has a wild imagination, but is any of it true?

The theme of this story is fear. While the crocodile loves watermelon, he is afraid of swallowing the seeds. H
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Greg Pizzoli is the author and illustrator of The Watermelon Seed, winner of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award, Number One Sam, Templeton Gets His Wish, Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower, and coming in April 2016, Good Night Owl. He lives in Philadelphia.
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