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June 29, 1999
A visual exploration of the improbable

June 29, 1999, which happens to be a Tuesday, is a day no one will forget, especially the residents of Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey, and in particular Holly Evans. On that day, Holly, her town, and the country learn the results of her science project, sending seedlings aloft into the ionosphere: An invasion of giant vegetables. Broccoli falls from the sky, bracing itself in her back yard; turnips hit the trail in the Rocky Mountains; and lima beans land in Levittown. Holly never imagined the results would be so unprecedented in scale or so fantastical in scope. Wiesner’s wit and superbly detailed illustrations make it all seem somehow plausible.

Cucumbers circle Kalamazoo
Lima beans loom over Levittown
Artichokes advance on Anchorage
Parsnips pass by Providence

*“The photorealistic quality of the figures and background vistas only underscores the absurdity of the gigantic airborne produce and accentuates the deadpan humor.” School Library Journal, starred review

*“Wiesner once again presents an offbeat premise and unconventional artwork to tempt youngsters into his deliciously skewed landscapes. . . . Wiesner’s dry humor, irony and artistic wizardry have been masterfully marshalled into a visual and literary feast. . . . Spectacular to look at, great fun to read—it is, in sum, executed with consummate skill.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Reality and fantasy humorously collide in Wiesner’s newest picture book. . . . What child can resist so bizarre a notion as waking up to find broccoli in the back yard and space aliens in the sky, especially when the images are delivered with such glee and in such glorious ‘photographic’ detail?” — ALA Booklist, boxed review

  Interior image of a pepper

ALA Notable Children’s Book
Horn Book Fanfare, Outstanding Books of the Year
New York Public Library, 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
New York Times, Notable Books of the Year
Parents Choice Book Award for Illustration
Publishers Weekly, 50 Best Picture Books
Reading Rainbow Selection
School Library Journal, Best Books of the Year

For more information, visit the online catalog of
Clarion Books, a Houghton Mifflin Company imprint.

ISBN 0-395-59762-5 cloth
ISBN 0-395-72767-7 paper


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