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The Watermelon Seed

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  4,250 ratings  ·  767 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 Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Although yes, I do tend to find Greg Pizzoli's brightly and boldly green and pink hued illustrations just a trifle too cartoon-like for my own aesthetic tastes, his The Watermelon Seed is truly so so much fun and also at the same time something to which every child (as well as every adult who remembers his/her childhood) can likely and easily relate. For honestly, who has not had fears and worries of having a watermelon grow inside of one's stomach or guts because one has swallowed a watermelon ...more
Emily Matview
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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 si
Chance Lee
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-it
Incredible illustrations with a lovely color scheme accompany a cute story of an alligator who panics after swallowing a seed.
Feb 06, 2014 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
Sadia Mansoor
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Why? Oh why I never had such adorable characters in colorful books in my childhood??? :(
This book was funny & cute. Really love the adorable illustrations. ^_^

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So funny! I have read this five times in the last three days with grades K-3, and they adore it.
Lauren Stoolfire
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Such a fun picture book and perfect for this time of year!
Aug 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: storytimes
This is a big hit with Pre-schoolers at story time!
Chrissi Guarnieri
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid-lit
The Watermelon Seed By Greg Pizzoli is humorous, light hearted and fun to read. My sons love this book. This Alligator loves watermelon and has a flair for the dramatic. Have you ever feared what might happen if you swallow a watermelon seed? Well the poor character in this book does, and watching him work through the anxiety of the moment is quite entertaining! The illustrations are simple, colorful and make the character come alive!
Geisel Award Winner
Ashley Adams
Sometimes worries can seem bigger than they need to be. But with every bite of watermelon, there's a risk of swallowing a seed! ...more
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 03, 2014 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
Crystal Bandel
Dec 06, 2013 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
Matthew West
Sep 05, 2014 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
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The Watermelon Seed, by Greg Pizzoli is a story about a fear that almost everyone has had once in their life as a child - swallowing a watermelon seed. The main character, an alligator, fears just that, for he has just swallowed a seed. He wonders if a watermelon will grow in his gut or if vines will start growing out of his ears. Maybe his stomach will stretch or his skin will turn pink. The possibilities are endless. The text is minimal with no more than a sentence on each page, and the illust ...more
Betty Ortega
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
* Book Summary
This is a book about a little crocodile who loves watermelon and accidently swallowed a seed. He starts to freak out and starts to think about everything thats going to happen to him.
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award (2014)

* Grade Level/ Interest level
* Appropriate Classroom Use
This would be a fun book to read a loud to discuss different parts of a story.

*Student Who Might Benefit From Reading
All students

* Small Group Use / Whole Class Use
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Feb 08, 2015 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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Maria Garcia
Jun 03, 2015 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.
Oct 07, 2015 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. ...more
Cute story of an Alligator who loved watermelon until he ate a seed. I think kids always wonder, will the seed grown in my stomach. So Alligator swears off watermelon... until he craves it again (right away) cute illustrations. I need to find someone to read this out loud. What great discussions could be had while reading this out loud. Perfect Summer book too. And there is burping in the book. Kids love burping.
Oct 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
#nerdlution day 45. Cute, cute, cute, in the style of the beloved Elephant and Piggie. What child, or adult for that matter, hasn't worried about what happens when they swallow a seed? Great illustrations in 3 colors, love the vines growing out of his ears, I never thought about that as a consequence! ...more
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid-lit
Greg Pizzoli's The Watermelon Seed was awarded the Geisel Award in 2014. The book is simple and fun with bold, colorful illustrations. Alligator loves watermelon and one day swallows a seed. Readers worry along with the little gator about what will happen until...BURRRP...out comes that seed and alligator goes right back to eating watermelon! ...more
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 12, 2014 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. ...more
When we finished reading the book, my preschool storytime sang the Fruit Salad song. As I usually do, I asked what other things they'd like to add to the salad. Answers: chicken nuggets, raspberries, crocodiles. ...more
Nov 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Grades K-1
Fun story about a crocodile who loves to eat watermelon. One day he swallows a seed and worries to know end what terrible thing is going to happen as a result. Simple but fun story. Nice simple illustrations. Good read-aloud for Grades K-1. Recommended.
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Very funny story and great for storytime!
Lynn Plourde
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: board-book
Perfect summer book--simple, fun, funny, great pace!
Lindsay Fouts
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved reading this aloud to my (almost) 6-year old. SO cute!
Feb 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Entertaining Picture-Books for Storytime
Shelves: picture-books
When a little crocodile swallows a watermelon seed in this humorous picture-book, he begins to panic, imagining how the seed will begin to grow inside him. Vines will come out of his ears! He might turn pink! Declaring that he doesn't want to be part of a fruit salad, the crocodile is beside himself, until a nice, satisfying burp bring the seed back up again. After such a close call, he declares that he will never eat watermelon again... but it's difficult to resist a favorite treat!

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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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“I love watermelon!
Chomp! Chomp! Chomp!”
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