June 29, 1999

June 29, 1999

by David Wiesner


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The lively imagination of Caldecott medalist David Wiesner forecasts astounding goings-on for a Tuesday in the not too distant future -- an occurrence of gigantic vegetal proportions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780395727676
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 09/18/1995
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 458,802
Product dimensions: 10.56(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.13(d)
Lexile: AD750L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

David Wiesner is internationally renowned for his visual storytelling and has won the Caldecott Medal three times—for Tuesday, The Three Pigs, and Flotsam—the second person in history to do so. He is also the recipient of three Caldecott Honors, for Free Fall, Sector 7, and Mr. Wuffles. He lives near Philadelphia with his family. www.hmhbooks.com/wiesner 


Outside Philadelphia, P.A.

Date of Birth:

February 5, 1956

Place of Birth:

Bridgewater, NJ


Rhode Island School of Design -- BFA in Illustration.

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"These witty, wonderfully imaginative pictures reward closer study. Hurray for Wiesner, and his grand sense of humor." Kirkus Reviews with Pointers

"As in the mysterious goings-on of that particular Tuesday not long ago, Wiesner again takes off on a flight of fantasy, this time set in the not-too-distant future. This sci-fi adventure begins with Holly Evans, a visionary third grader who launches some seedlings into the iconosphere as part of a science experiment, And so the fun begins . . ." School Library Journal, Starred

"Wiesner's dry humor, irony and artistic wizardry have been masterfully marshalled into a visual and literary feast. Kids will relish rolling amusingly alliterative phrases off their tongues almost as much as they delight in these wryly rendered paintings. . . . Spectacular to look at, great fun to read-it is, in sum, executed with consummate skill." Publishers Weekly, Starred

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June 29, 1999 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
abruser on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"June 29, 1999" by David Weisner is about a girl names HOlly that conducts a sceince experiemtn where she sends seedlings into the atmosphere tied to balloons. Large vegetables are falling from the sky. Poeple on earth use the vegetables for modern infrastructute. The illustrations are beautiful and inspire imagination.
TheMightyQuinn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Holly Evans' science experiment sent growing vegetables up into the sky and a few weeks later enormous veggies floated down, but not all of them are ones that Holly Evans sent up. Beautiful, detailed illustrations complete with single spread, double page spread, and paneled pages. Story is equally as whimsical as the story. I'm very fond of the idea that it's a little girl doing the science experiments, but the aliens at the end are a little over the top for me. Sharable up to reading time with 3rd graders.
Treeseed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
June 29, 1999 is a story book that I came across because my youngest son happens to have been born on June 29th. This review doesn't really contain any spoilers since I won't reveal the ending. It's the funniest part. The illustrations in this book are the biggest part of the story. There are large colorful pictures on every page, filled with details, including many subtly comical ones. Many of the illustrations are double page spreads. The text is short and breezy and also filled with humor and silly word play. The story begins when young Holly Evans of Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey comes up with an unusual project for her school's Science Fair. She devises an experiment where she sends a number of crates of vegetable seedlings up into the ionosphere to study the effects of extra-terrestrial conditions on vegetable growth and development. Holly rigs up several flat corrugated boxes with some bent coat-hangers and a primitive watering system, several cups filled with soil and seeds, and one large balloon each to send them aloft. The raised eyebrows on her teacher and the barely suppressed laughter on the faces of her classmates tell us that Holly's experiment might be a bit far-fetched. Never-the-less the indomitable Holly launches her veggie seeds on May 18th. On June 29, 1999 something astounding begins to happen all across the United States! Turnips bigger than cement mixers appear in the skies around Billings, Montana. That's not all though. Clouds of Brussels sprouts float placidly above a rural diner in the Midwest. "Cucumbers circle Kalamazoo. Lima beans loom over Levittown. Artichokes advance on Anchorage. Parsnips pass by Providence." David Wiesner's fantasy visions of these gargantuan vegetables are gloriously, hilariously realistic looking. We can just feel Holly's sense of wonder as she and her dad stand among the tree branches of a stalk of broccoli that has landed in her backyard. When one of the giant cabbages lands in a normal cabbage patch of a farmer in Iowa, he jumps for joy, exclaiming, "At last, the blue ribbon at the state fair is mine!" The faces of the local rabbits are a study in ecstasy as twenty or so of them bound toward the cabbage patch with glee. My favorite illustration is a scene out in Monument Valley where two Indian men are tending their sheep who are grazing in a field covered with enormous string beans. The men look so stoic and the sheep's faces are just priceless as they crane their necks skyward to contemplate other string beans as they float in for a landing. Weisner manages to capture just what sheep-like amazement would look like. You'll die. As news reports continue to pour in from around the nation, Holly begins to realize that some of the vegetables like eggplant, avocado, and arugula are types that she did not include in her experiment. In her tree house high atop a broccoli spear she ponders deeply and asks the important questions, "What happened to my vegetables and whose broccoli is in my backyard?" I promise you there is a very good answer to each of Holly's questions but you'll have to read this charming book it you want to know what they are. The paperback edition has 32 pages so it is a quick read and a good length for a bedtime story. The publishers say that it is intended for the 4-8 year old age group but I disagree. I think the 4-6 year olds will like the fantastic pictures...who wouldn't? I think the tongue-in-cheek humor will go over their heads. 8-10 year olds will love it both for the text and the illustrations. I think older kids can appreciate this great picture book, too. It's short, it's sweet, it's funny and it definitely keeps you turning the pages. Don't miss other great books by David Weisner like Tuesday or Free Fall or Hurricane.
amberntaylor on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After Holly¿s science experiment sends seedlings out into the ionosphere, amazing things happen on June 29, 1999. Vegetables seem to grow out of everything. Where will they end up next?This book was exciting. It will have the kids guessing where the vegetables will do next. It also had great pictures. You could grow a couple of different vegetable plant and let the children take care of them while they grow. You could introduce all the vegetables in the story and have taste test.
baachan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
With all Wiesner books, or with most, at least, there is some kind of surprise that he holds until the end. It's like getting to the end of a poker game when everyone shows their cards and your opponent has the highest possible cards. The plot is this: Holly, for her science experiment, sends vegetable seedlings aloft with balloons. Weeks later, giant vegetables float to earth. Holly thinks that she's responsible until on the news, she hears that arugula has just been seen floating down from the sky. Holly didn't use arugula in her experiment, so now she knows that there's something else responsible for the giant vegetables. But what . . . . ? And that is the surprise ending! Like always, Wiesner's excellent watercolors give the reader plenty to look at as they page through. It's absolutely delightful reading/looking at pictures. Plus, the idea of giant mystery vegetables! Wonderful! My favorite illustration feature peas in the pod being investigated by a flock of sheep. Very hesitantly, one of the sheep took a very tentative lick of the pea pod. Recommended for purchase for all collections!
gildallie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
David Weisner tells a tale of an ambitious young lady who decides to send a bunch of seed experiments into the ionosphere. A month later the world sees the (supposed) results of her experiments in the form of huge vegetables landing (or not in the case of some bouyant red peppers) all over the world. She would be happy with the result, except there are some stray arugula as well as a few other vegetable s she had nothing to do with. Turns out there is an alien restaurant orbiting our small planet who has lost a bunch of vegetables and are surprised to receive a few bunches of tiny vegetables instead.
Robinsbooks7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book got a rating of 4 to 5 simply because I did not like the ending. It kind made the book less believable for young children. The book does have good pictures to show how big the vegetables actually became during the science fair project. I think its cool that the child in the story wanted to put her seedling in trays that had balloons attached to them. Who would have thought that would make vegetables grow bigger as opposed to growing in the ground? I would use this book in a kindergarten class room during story time to enrich my students imaginations about science experiment results.
sylliu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of David Wiesner (3-time Caldecott Award winner)'s older stories, which contains many of his signature touches: surreal floating items in otherwise realistic settings, clever and beautiful visuals, exquisitely rendered detail, and a delightfully whimsical story. In June 29, 1999, a girl sends vegetable seedlings into the upper atmosphere as a science project. Soon giant vegetables fall to earth ("Cucumbers circle Kalamazoo. Lima beans loom over Levittown."), each page crazier and funnier than the last. The twist at the end is that these are not her vegetables, somehow transformed in space, but instead are the accidental kitchen scrapings of a clumsy alien cephalopod.The real reason I love it, though, is my 6 and a half year old's reaction to it. She read it to herself as I was driving and giggled her way through the story. Her review: "I loved it! The vegetables had such great adventures!"
MrsBond on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A girl's science experiment gone wrong, or vegetables from outer space? Typical of Wiesner, the illustrations are rich with detail. This could easily be a wordless book, although the text provides details such as people and place names.
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Red peppers. I always knew they were the flightiest of vegetables. And this book proves it. When giant vegetables mysteriously float down to Earth's surface, one little girl wonders if her science project has gone astonishingly awry. Hilarious artwork, and an entirely convincing broccoli tree house. Like the author's other books.the wonderfully realistic style of he art contrasts so well with the hilarious oddness of the subject.
Smiler69 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Holly Evans has the bright idea to send off plant seedlings into the sky by attaching them to Acme balloons for her science project. About a month later, on June 29, 1999, gigantic vegetables start floating down to earth, landing all over America: "Cucumbers circle Kalamazoo. Lima beans loom over Levittown. Artichokes advance on Anchorage. Parsnips pass by Providence." These strange events are widely reported in the media, but Holly is astounded when watching the TV coverage, she sees that "Cauliflower carpets California, spinach blankets Greenwich, and Arugula covers Ashtabula" because the strange thing is, Holly didn't include Arugula in her experiment. Another fantastic Wiesner project which to my mind is as great as Flotsam. Why it didn't get a Caldecott is the real mystery here.
calvetti on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is really cool. A young future scientist has a great idea for her science experiment. She wants to grow vegetables in the sky. The next thing you know, huge vegetables fill the sky while people on earth begin to wonder what is going on. Alliteration is used to drive the annunciation. Cucumbers circle Kalamazoo. Lima beans loom over Levitown. Broccoli lands with a Big Bounce in Holly's Backyard. Holly thought her experiment had worked - but it was something else that caused all of these huge vegetables to appear seemingly out of nowhere. Every page is a gorgeous double page spread of illustrations. The vegetables are drawn with such great detail that it is difficult to read this book and not get hungry. And, coincidentally or not, June 29th, 1999, and every other date used throughout this book lands on a Tuesday.
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The children¿s book, June 29, 1999, begins with Holly Evens launching vegetable seeds into the sky as part of her science project. Her goal for her experiment is to find better growing conditions in the upper atmosphere, so the vegetables will grow to an abnormal size. Suddenly people begin seeing huge vegetables falling from the sky. Vegetables then became a very big business around the country. Everyone assumes this is due to Holly¿s experiment, except for Holly. She realizes that the Vegetables are not from her seeds, where are they coming from? Read this book and find out the rather unpredictable ending. The illustrations rate a seven on a scale of one to ten. Parents should know that the length of this story may intimidate younger readers. In my reading of, June 29 1999, it is suitable for children seven years old and older.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an excellent story. It was read to my Preschool class and they loved the illustrations as well as the story. It also opened up a great discussion afterwards.