June 29, 1999
According to the People for the Ethical Treatments of Animals (PETA) 45 million turkeys are killed every year for Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving in our family use to feature a big turkey but when I stopped eating meat (about ten years ago) our family started getting creative with our Thanksgiving dinners. Thai hot pots, Indian curry, Vietnamese rolls and many other delectable dishes graced our dinner table. The best part was that we got to spend more time with Dad because he was no longer tied to the kitchen for hours cooking a 10 lbs turkey. If you had your fill of turkey, why not try something different this Thanksgiving?
I always know that something wonderful is about to happen each time I pick up a David Wiesner book. On June 29, 1999, shortly after sunrise, a mysterious phenomenon occures. All over the country giant vegetables are falling from the sky. Holly Evens thinks it’s the results of her experiment; about a month earlier the young scientist launched vegetable seedlings into the sky with hopes to study the effects of extraterrestrial conditions on vegetable growth and development. Was it the result of a science project gone wrong? Pick up a copy David Wiesner’s June 29, 1999 for further coverage of the airborne vegetable phenomenon.
The title alone conjures up a sense of mystery and importance. A day to be talked about, what were you doing on June 29, 1999? The story reads like something out of the tabloids, “Gigantic Vegetables Landing…” next to the article about a woman giving birth to a lizard baby. Unlike his other books, David Wiesner outlines this story with text. Fans need not worry, Wiesner still leaves lots to your imagination with pages of phenomenal watercolour pieces. Wiesner creates extraordinary scenes that are surreal with just enough realism in them to make you believe in the possibilities.
June 29, 1999, a children’s book review by Thao Lam
Author and Illustrator David Wiesner
David Wiesner is no stranger to B is for Books. I have raved about Sector 7, The Three Pigs, and Tuesday in previous entries (and I will continue to do so until someone sticks a sock in my mouth). Born and raised in Bridgewater, New Jersey, David Wiesner graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration. One of the best in visual storytelling, David Wiesner has been honing his craft for years, starting back in high school making silent movies and drawing wordless comic books. Long after his high school days, Wiesner has written and illustrated numerous books. David Wiesner has been honored countless time for his work. He is only the second person in the award’s history to win the Caldecott Medal three times.
For a list of all his books check out www.hmhbooks.com
Publisher Sandpiper (September 18, 1995)