June 29, 1999

ISBN: 0395727677
ISBN 13: 9780395727676
By: David Wiesner

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About this book

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.

Reader's Thoughts

Dani Paiz

Holly Evans decides to launch seeds into space to see what happens, a few weeks later large vegetables begin falling from the sky, is it a result of Holly's experiment? This book is good for narrative skill and vocabulary. I'd recommend it for ages 1-6.

Jessica Rawden

June 29,199 is about giant vegetables appearing across the USA. It doesn't particularly resemble Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs but it's nearly irresistible to make comparisons. There is a weird, science-inclined narrator in each book. There is giant food, appearing in the United States (although it is relegated to one town in Cloudy ). There, the similarities end. However, while Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is a whimsical, yet lesson filled books, June 29,199 is a book based on one c- idea. It's not nearly as imaginative as other Wiesner books, including the earlier Free Fall and there is not a lot going on with the drawings or the text as in later books. It's almost as if Wiesner had one idea, and thought, "Hey, I have the time, and nothing better is coming, so why not?" Why not, indeed. It's another question for readers to ask "why not?" My answer would be there are a plethora of better, more interesting Wiesner books out there.


This book was very interesting. I was intrigued by the title but it was definitely not something I would read again. The concept was very interesting and different. It is the story of Holly Evans and her science experiment. She decides to release vegtables into space and see what effects this would have on them. Well, on June 29, 1999 all sorts of odd things start to happen. Giant artichokes in Anchorage, parsnips in Providence and lima beans over Levitown. As the veggie reports come in though, Holly realizes she didn’t release eggplant, avocado or rutabaga. What is happening? There is a surprise twist in the end of this story. The illustrations are very realistic, as realistic as giant broccoli can be, but I didn’t enjoy them. They follow and compliment the story very well though. I probably wouldn't use this book in my class.


Third-grader Holly Evans has an ambitious science project planned: launching vegetable seedlings into the sky. Weeks later, on June 29, 1999, giant vegetables begin appearing in the sky all over the world. Lima beans, parsnips, cabbage—name the vegetable, and it was landing somewhere on Earth. But, as Holly quickly realizes, some of the vegetables were not part of her experiment, which begs the question of whose giant vegetables are falling from the sky? At that beginning of the story, the plot of enormous vegetables floating around the atmosphere requires the suspension of disbelief, but due to Holly’s experiment, there is a sense that the preposterous event is possible. However, right at the end, the point of view and the setting shifts drastically, and by taking the story out of the realistic setting, the reader is given an explanation befitting the outrageous circumstance.As a fan of Wiesner’s work, I know he is never afraid to dive into the absurd and unusual with his picture books, using minimal words and evocative illustrations to convey fantastical situations. What truly makes this book stand out for me is the high level of detail in the illustrations, especially of Holly and her environment, all of which indicate how serious she is about her grand school project.

Lindsay Larsen

When this book first caught my eye, I noticed the orance balloons. I first thought they were hot air balloons for people, but the closer the look, the more you see that there are plants with labels (like brocolli) floating up or down in the sky. It is also an overcast day with dark clouds around the balloons. All of the illustrations had some sort of borader around them. The text was never within the pictures, but around them. I also noticed there were never single image pages. There were either sequence boxes of more than one picture, or the illustration bled onto both pages. On both pages when there were sequence pictures, the text depicted different things happening in different cities. I feel that it helps carry the story and see the silliness of larg vegetables in more than one area at a time. This book had a wonderful ending that was creative and helps to spark the imagination!

Elizabeth Sousa

June 29 1999 tells the story of Holly Evans of Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey. She’s a girl with great expectations, and her sights set on completing a science project where she will send seeds into the sky, specifically the ionosphere, equipped with an air balloon and water. Before she knows it, it is June 29, and vegetables are raining down like cats and dogs. The dust jacket and cover, like Art and Max are very different. The dust jacket features the title, in the upper middle portion of the illustration. When the book is opened fully, you can see that the dust jacket illustration wraps around the entire jacket. Both pieces give a synopsis of the story; trays filled with small vegetables, equipped with balloons, and flying high in the sky, surrounded by clouds. The colors that stand out are the orange of the balloons. There are many dark gray clouds on the dust jacket, with a bit of blue sky and yellow sun peeking out realistically. Upon examining the cover, it is relatively plain, mostly blue-green, but the spine has a thick border of red-orange, reminiscent of the orange balloons on the dust jacket. The end papers are plain and yellow, in both the front and back. The half title page depicts the vegetable boxes first taking flight in Holly’s neighborhood, as houses are still visible and not far above the trees in her backyard. Wiesner dedicates this book to Kevin and Dawon, with “hello and goodbye” as a message. The illustrations are water color. Wiesner utilizes both bordered, large illustrations and smaller panels within this text. The bordered illustrations almost always stretch across the gutter, with the small paragraph of text framed against a white background on the left. The panels help to show the mass amounts of vegetables falling down all over the United States, decorating the landscape, the urban and rural environments, with gigantic veggies. He also uses people to demonstrate just how large these vegetables are - their small frames climbing on, near, or watching animals feast on the food is funny!Overall, I enjoyed this book because of the silliness. Imagine, if our backyard was suddenly blocked by a huge piece of broccoli? If huge red peppers were floating in the sky above our roofs? This book is full of imagination, and the wondering of ‘what if this really happened’?


This is a story about a young girl who is working on her school science experiment. She is attempting to send vegetables into the ionosphere via balloons to see if there is any affect on them. She is amazed when ENORMOUS veggies began floating back to earth. Cucumbers from kalamazoo, artichokes from Ancorage, and many other veggies written with great alliteration. However, things become very strange for the young girl when veggies she did not plant begin being sent down. Are there really aliens out there? This story answers that question.....I love the illustrations, but the story line is not very intriguing. This would be a great story for intermediate elementary students.


This is a cute story about a girl who is working on her assignment for science. She is experimenting with growing food from the sky. After she throws the seeds up into the air, huge mutant foods begin to fall all over her town. Soon it becomes a problem as the food is crushing houses and other things. The little girl doesn't know how to stop her invention because she really isn't even sure how it worked! Later, at the end of the story we learn that the giant food is really from a space ship that is circling over earth and accidentally dropping its food.This was a really cute story. It reminded me of Cloudy with a chance of meatballs. It was a fun story and the illustrations were beautiful, as can be expected from David Wiesner. This was a story that could be great to talk about before a science project or before any food lesson to discuss how food is grown, or to talk about how results may look like they are in your favor, but that does not always mean that they are.

Melody Wolen

Reading Level: 5th grade This book is about a science experiment that goes terribly wrong. Holley sends vegetable seedlings up in the air in balloons to land in random locations, however they grow much larger than expected. A problem arises when she realizes some of the vegetables grown were not hers. It turned out that a star-cruiser had accidently released their vegetables onto earth. This book would be a great introduction to science experiments, teaching the components of the scientific method and how it works.

Sherrie Gallagher

June 29, 1999. The dust jacket is a continuous picture of boxes filled with vegetables tied to a balloon that is filled with helium, which enables it to ascend upward. The boxes are in the midst of dark clouds but in the distance there is the sun’s light shinning through. With the dark colors on the dust jacket, it gives the reader a feeling that dark days are ahead, but there is a glimmer of light that makes it seem as if the day will turn out just fine. Also the orange balloons are lit up in a way that gives these boxes hope. The cover is two colors – red and orange and there is an outline of the balloon and box in silver. The box and balloons are a symbol for the hope that is being carried by everyone and it holds everyone’s dreams and wonders. This book starts off with a young girl, Holly Evans, who creates a science project where she sends seedlings up into the ionosphere to later be studied. On June 29th, the skies fill with gigantic floating vegetables that eventually land on earth. Throughout the book there is always frames around the illustrations. For most of the book the words are on the left hand side and the illustration covers the right side of the page and half of the left side of the page. Most of the pictures are not full bleed pages, so perhaps the illustrator wanted to emphasis how enormous the vegetables are by making it bleed onto the next page. Only a few pages are split into panels where different vegetables are shown invading different states. This helps the reader imagine all of the United States being attacked by vegetables. The people seem calm and almost inviting to the vegetables. Illustrations show how the people have embraced the different vegetables. One page has North Carolina using gourds as houses and Vermont is making guacamole out of their huge avocados. The reader becomes very close to the illustrations in a way that the reader understands the magnitude of the vegetables. The reader is somewhat of a participant when reading because of the proximity the reader is to the illustrations. The gigantic vegetables initially catch the reader’s eyes and then the reader moves outward to the landscape and what is happening around the vegetable. Overall I enjoyed the surprise of seeing massive vegetables in almost every page and to see how the vegetables intertwined into the peoples’ everyday lives. This crazy idea of huge vegetables became almost normal and useful to the people. The twist at the end makes you laugh and realize that it could be possible.

Dorothy Enders

Holly Evans will remember June 29, 1999 as a day of amazing events. What started as a science project turns into an adventure of giant vegetables landing in different states. The careful planning of such a creative science project will encourage others to think outside of the box. Holly releases seedlings into the sky and doesn't realize that this project is going to turn into an unbelievable site for people hundreds of miles away. The illustrations are completed in watercolor on Arches paper. The font used throughout the book is Bulmer. I found the dedication to be interesting "For Kevin and Dawon, hello and goodbye" Now that I am paying close attention to different details of a picture book including the dedication page, I often wonder what the relationship is between the author and those the book is dedicated to. The illustrations of gigantic vegetables trigger the imagination and cause the reader to wonder how the seedlings could have possibly developed in such a way. The astonishment on the faces of the people is amazing. The front and back cover do not match the illustrations on the dust jacket. The front and back cover are plain heavy board. The illustrations are framed by white space giving it the appearance of a framed picture. I really enjoyed the picture of Holly examining her seedlings before setting them off into the sky. She has one eye slightly squinted which suggests the seriousness of her character. I would recommend this book for those who conduct science experiments with their students because it will surely ignite their excitement. Holly wonders what happened to her vegetables after she concludes that the giant vegetables are not a result of her own experiment. I will not give away the ending. Where did Holly's seedlings end up? The sky is the limit, or is it?

Julianne Frye

This book tells the story of a third grade student named Holly. After months of careful research and planning, she launches vegetable seedlings into the sky to study the effects of extra-terrestrial conditions on vegetable growth and development. A little over a month later, massive vegetables start falling to Earth all over the country. Holly knows that these vegetables are not the ones she launched though, because there are many giant vegetables falling to Earth that were not included in her experiment. At the end of the book we find out that some aliens in space have accidently spilled all the vegetables out of their space ship and now they are falling to Earth.This is a very interesting story that would make students think. It would be great to use when talking about making predictions and inferences. The illustrations are wonderful! They are very large and realistic, and they give a great visual of the story.


Holly, a third grader that lives in New Jersey has been working diligently on her science project. She sends off various vegetable seedlings up into the atmosphere using weather balloons to see if they would grow in outer space. A few weeks later, on June 29, 1999 to be exact, the blooming scientist, Holly is excited to learn that sightings of giant turnips have been spotted in Billings, Montana, overly large cucumbers were circling Kalamazoo, Michigan!! It isn’t until Holly hears about arugula being seen in Ashtabula and avocados in Vermont that Holly becomes suspicious because she hadn’t planted any arugula or avocados!David Wiesner is by far my favorite author of wordless books and he does an amazing job with the realistic delightful illustrations of the enormous vegetables floating and landing across the states. You’ll absolutely want to read this creative story full of imagination.

Kim Young

This David Wiesner tale follows a young girl, Holly Evans, who believes her school science project has caused giant vegetables to fall from the sky and land in the middle of major cities all over the country. As more and more kinds of vegetables begin to appear Holly realizes that she could not have possibly caused this phenomenon. So who is responsible for these enormous foods? It turns out that an alien race hovering above Earth in their ship accidentally unloaded their entire food supply into the atmosphere. This was the first book I read by Wiesner that utilized both illustrations and text. I thought the images could stand alone by themselves but really enjoyed the humor and personality that the text brought to the story. I found some similarities with this book and Flotsam, another Wiesner story I recently read. I noticed that he used colorful, full page illustrations in both books and I think that helps better engage the reader and make them more involved and invested in the story. I also really liked the creativeness of this tale and how Wiesner was able to shock his readers with such a surprising ending. I think so many children's books can be rather predictable, so this was a refreshing change from the normal, everyday story.

Andrew J

A mix between Tuesday and Cloud With a Chance of Meatballs, this Wiesner book has humorous tones mixed with an eerie, sci-fi vibe. Although this book has a good amount of humans, it is more horizontally oriented. The illustrations are done in watercolor on Arches paper, which makes for a somewhat muted tone. All of the images are bordered with white, giving a good feel to the story. The typography is simple, yet modern; the cover font has a post-modern feel to it. Included within is very much enhancing text, giving an omniscient view to the story. Much like Sector 7, a foreshadowing image is included before the title page. What I especially liked is how Wiesner gave a cameo for his other book Tuesday; on the first story page, the day Tuesday is circled. A major motif that I found was the color green. It is almost on every page, and ties in well with the theme. Green represents the earth, and with it, life, vegetables especially. As for the theme, I believe it to be opportunity. As the vegetables came to earth, the people found uses for them, and as Holly's vegetables went into space, the extra-terrestrials found uses for them as well. There were plenty of opportunities for everyone, they just had to be seized. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and how it was formatted. Wiesner has surely done it again in this book.

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