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The Watermelon Seed

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  1,030 ratings  ·  257 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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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
Crystal Bandel
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
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.
Very funny story and great for storytime!
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
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
Lindsay Rains
Oct 04, 2014 Lindsay Rains added it
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Pizzoli, G. (2013). The Watermelon Seed. New York: Disney Hyperion Books.

Geisel Award Winner (2014)

I Can Read

This picture book is about a crocodile who loves to eat watermelon, but the crocodile accidentally swallows a seed. After that, the crocodile wonders what will happen to its body since it swallowed a seed, like growing a watermelon in its belly and more! The picture book uses very bright colors that are associated with the colors of a watermelon, but the colors are not overpowering. If a
Ziwei Cheng
The babe crocodile loves watermelon. He likes having watermelon for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. He has it every meal! He gulps watermelon every day! One time he swallows a seed! He started worrying for it. He worried there would be a baby watermelon growing in his guts, and wines will come out his ears. He will start turn pink. He is worried about that he would become salads. His stomach starts burping. The seed just jumps out from his mouth. The little crocodile decides never has the ...more
Josh Sonii
This is a story about a crocodile that loves watermelon. He has loved it ever since he was a little crocodile and he eats it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. While he is eating his watermelon he accidentally swallows a seed. He start to freak out because he thinks that his skin will turn pink, he will turn into a watermelon, or that a watermelon will grow inside of him. The crocodile begins to ask for help but no one helps him. Then he starts to feel the watermelon growing inside of hi ...more
Sarah Wilbern
Pizzoli, Greg. (2013). THE WATERMELON SEED. New York: Disney Harper Books.
Geisel Award, Williamsburg Library
Picture Book Soak

I liked it because I thought that it was cool to see an alligator eating watermelon on the front page. The cover and end pages of book were also designed to look like a watermelon. The book had a nice pace and the pictures went along with what was being written. There seemed to be a lot of white space here and there, but there were also some pages that were screaming with
This adorable little crocodile loves, loves, loves watermelon. Anytime, anywhere, anyplace is the perfect time to indulge in a slice. Sprinkle salt, smack my chops, chomp it down, Ahhhhh, like a lot!

Then one day an unthinkable thing happens...he swallows a watermelon seed and that's when his neurosis kicks in. He enters into the land of what if's. What if the seed starts to grow? The vines start to sprout? What if my skin turn all pink? His wild and crazy imagination takes over and his fear of b
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 ...more
Kathryn Cunningham
Everyone knows there is nobody in this world who loves chomping, slurping and gulping down copious amounts of juicy watermelon more than a crocodile. At any time of day, any season of the year, any year of life, a crocodile (or at least, this crocodile) finds nothing so irresistible as a "big salty slab" of watermelon. Until... he swallows a seed. Will our melon-loving friend grow a garden of the things inside his tummy, or will he find himself changing into one, complete with vines, round belly ...more
Have you ever swallowed a seed? Most of us have, and at one time or another in our lives, we have all heard the saying "Don't eat seeds or they will grow in you belly!" Well guess what?!? In this playful tale Crocodile has swallowed a watermelon seed! Whatever will he do?? Will vines begin to sprout from his ears? Will his skin turn pink? Will his belly explode from the massive watermelon that will grow inside of him? When crocodile's biggest fear in life comes true, will his favorite fruit be t ...more
Kara Cooney
The Watermelon Seed is a story about a crocodile that loves watermelon. He eats it for every meal of the day- breakfast, lunch, and dinner. One day he swallows a seed by accident. He starts to get worried because he starts to think that he will have a watermelon grow in him, his skin will turn pink or that he will turn into a watermelon.

The theme of this book is fear. The crocodile is very scared of what will happen to him after he just swallowed the seed.

With children you could start off by a
In The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli, a young crocodile swallows a watermelon seed and imagines a scary outcome.

Pizzoli's art was inked on Bristol with a brush pen, screen printed by hand and drawn with a tablet in Photoshop. The red, black and green palette helps tell the story simply, using alternating background colors, to keep the focus on crocodile's wild imagination, worries and fears.

Pizzoli takes a classic childhood fear, usually encouraged by sibling or certain adults, to create a gre
Carlos Gastelum
The Watermelon Seed by, author Greg Pizzoli is a funny and interesting children’s book that I recommend to parents and young children. This book is filled with colorful pictures that are quite eye catching. The book is about a crocodile that has a sweet tooth for watermelon, as he only eats melon for every meal of the day. His love for watermelon begins when he is just a baby crocodile, and never seems to get tired of melon as he continues to grow up. Until one day he accidentally swallows a see ...more
Mary Bair
Recipient of the 2014 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book
From School Library Journal (Starred Review) "Children will love this hilarious book. The artwork was created by screen print in pink, green, [and] black... This simplicity allows readers to fully appreciate the changes in the croc's facial expressions, which artfully contribute to the humor."

From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) "An expert debut."

From The New York Times "...a juicy
Victoria Alvarez
This is a picture book that is all about a Crocodile who has an obsession with watermelons. He wants to have watermelon for every meal, lunch, dinner, breakfast and snack. The funny part of this story is when one time he swallows a seed and believes that the seed was going to grow inside his stomach. He is very worried that we would become a watermelon and that they would eat him in a salad. After a while his stomach began to feel weird and the seed finally came out. This a crocodile with a huge ...more
Darby Allen
Summary: The Watermelon Seed is a story about a crocodile who loves to eat watermelon. One day while eating watermelon, the crocodile accidentally swallows a seed! The crocodile thinks that the seed is going to grow into a full blown watermelon inside of him, turning him pink and having vines grow out of his ears. After a big, loud burp, the watermelon seed comes out of the crocodile and he is able to breathe a sigh of relief. He says he will never eat watermelon again, but shortly after he is e ...more
Alisha Funkhouser
Pizzoli, G. (2013). The Watermelon Seed. New York: Disney Hyperion.

Geisel Award

I Can Read

I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was simple enough for an early reader and fun at the same time. I think we can all relate to when we were kids and our parents told us if we swallowed a seed that whatever the seed was from was going to grow in our tummy. That is exactly what this story is about. The crocodile loves watermelon and eats it all the time, it is his favorite. He swallows a seed and quick
Amy Musser
Isn’t watermelon tasty? The crocodile (or alligator?) in this book sure thinks so. Watermelon is great for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Chomp! Slurp! Chomp! Until a watermelon seed is swallowed! Gulp! What if a watermelon starts growing inside the crocodile’s body and vines twist out of the crocodile’s ears? This might put the crocodile off watermelon forever (but probably not). The illustrations, a combination of hand printing and Photoshop techniques, use a three color watermelon palatte of g ...more
Wendy Nelson
The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli

Pizzoli, G. (2013). The watermelon seed. New York: Disney Hyperion.

ALSC 2014 Notable Children's Books

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award:

Category: Choice

This cheerful book is printed in black, green, and pink ink--the colors of watermelon, of course. The hero is a crocodile who really loves watermelon but becomes worried when he swallows a seed. He wonders if it will grow into a vine inside him. When he coughs it back up,
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Giving this book 4 stars because it has lots of potential in a preschool classroom. I think it could be a big hit with that audience. Show me a preschooler who doesn't wonder what happens when he/she swallows a seed. When my little one was in preschool he used to request that I dig out the seeds before serving his watermelon. Although he's 6 years old and out of that stage now he still enjoyed reading this book to me with all of its exclamation marks and fun words like chomp, slurp, gulp, guts a ...more
There's not a kid on the planet who hasn't heard that if you swallow a watermelon seed, a watermelon will grow in your stomach. Well, unless that kid has never heard of watermelon. Otherwise, totally knows the legend.

Our alligator narrator is a huge fan of the delicious, summery treat. He likes it morning, noon, and night--until he accidentally swallows a seed. Convinced a new melon will grow in his stomach, he begins to worry and fret that his life is ruined--he'll turn pink and end up in a fr
Utterly charming.

But maybe there should be a PSA that explains that you won't actually grow a watermelon in your belly if you swallow a seed. Because real kids (i.e. me) worry about these things.
Amber Wilson
Pizzoli, Greg. (2013). The Watermelon Seed. New York: Hyperion Books.

2014 Geisel Award

I Can Read Book

This book is about a crocodile who loves eating watermelon, but accidentally swallows a seed. He begins to become worried and afraid of what is going to happen to him because the seed is inside of him. He creates crazy, imaginative scenarios about everything that could possibly happen.

This book is a great book for children beginning to read. It has very few words on the pages and also has bright
Christine Mccurley
Pizzoli, G. (2013). The watermelon seed. New York: Disney Hyperion Books.
Geisel Award
I Can Read Book
A simple, yet effective story line that brings to life the fear we all had as a child. What does happen when a watermelon seed is swallowed? As the story unfolds, the reader learns what the crocodile believes will happen to him. The whole book encompasses the watermelon theme (including the end papers). The drawings are simple, but effective for the story line. I would recommend this story for the
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Greg Pizzoli is the author and illustrator of The Watermelon Seed, winner of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award, and Number One Sam. He lives in Philadelphia and tries his best to avoid spiders.
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