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

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?


This story instantly reminded me of one of my favorites; Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. The story starts off with a familiar setting of a girl working on her science project. She sends off seedlings aloft into the atmosphere to study the effects of extraterrestrial conditions on vegetable growth and development. Of course, we could guess what happened next. The vegetables grew and grew to a size so astronomical, people build houses out of it, renamed New York City, and it even boosted the economy. We find out that those vegetables were not result of the science project but because of the place in ionosphere. These creatures were dropping off their vegetables! The story took place in the primary world and the secondary world was mentioned with characters that were imagined "aliens". I think many students will enjoy this picture book because it ponders on "what ifs". They like to imagine about the life outside and what will happen if their vegetables were dropped on earth. Not only the life outside earth but also the idea of having huge vegetables dropping from the sky.


This story is very far fetched and funny story that I think kids would really enjoy. The story is about a science experiment that a little girl Holly who lives in New Jersey develops a science experiment. She sends out a bunch of vegetable seeds on weather baloons into space to see if plants could grow in outerspace. Soon on June 29,2009 huge vegetables were falling all over the United State Cucumbers circle Kalamazoo. Lima beans loom over Levittown. Artichokes advance on Anchorage" Then people all over the country start to trade these gigantic vegetables. How will Holly fix this? The illustrations in this book are very funny and go well with the story line. They do a great job of showing how big the vegetables truly are and the colors are great. The pictures really help the story to show what this far fetched idea that David Wiesner is writing about would look like. I think older readers who were getting to do science experiments would enjoy reading this book to grab their attention and motivate them to work hard on theirs. Over all I liked the book and I think older readers would as well!

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.


After reading a few of his books, I have noticed that he has very little to say. However, this book was different because there was actually words describing the picture and not just us as the reader using our imagination. I still very much liked the book just as I have with his other work. The book starts off with a balloons floating in the sky carrying trays of plants that are receiving water from a bottle with tubes. A young girl named Holly Evans is the one behind this idea for her science project. Where she will create vegetable seedlings into the sky. She is seen describing her idea to her classmates that are stunned when they realize what she is going to do. Soon after people start to see these huge massive vegetables floating in the sky. All sorts of them, so many people start to create big business off of them. As the reader we are thinking that Holly's experiment has created all of these events. With the story coming to an end, Holly realizes that it is coming from her science experiment but from somewhere else. She later finds out they were not hers but from outer space. Where the fry cook had accidentally jettisoned their entire food supply to the little blue planet. The pictures in the story help create an image the reader can enjoy while reading, seeing all the vegetables hovering around like it is an everyday thing. I think readers will like to read the book and will be surprised with the mystery of where the vegetables came from.

Lisa Vegan

Flotsam was the first David Wiesner book I read and so far it remains my favorite. I have enjoyed most of his books and this one was excellent. It’s an unusual Wiesner in that there’s significant text, but the illustrations are amazing and on their own are able to tell the bulk of this story. I love vegetables and I’ve never seen them in a story in such a creative and fantastic way, fantastic with every meaning of that word. I really enjoyed the humor; there’s probably more that I found funny here than in any other Wiesner book I’ve read thus far. This is my fifth Wiesner book and, despite those initially disconcerting words, I think it’s my second favorite of this author’s, which is very high praise. I’m happy to see other Wiesner books I’ve yet to read, and I assume and hope that he continues to illustrate/write these wonderful books.


June 29, 1999, written and illustrated by David Wiesner is a lovely picture book for older readers. It is a short story about a young girl and her science experiment. Holly sets loose many different vegetable planters into the ionosphere. After nearly two months of her vegetables floating aloft, massive vegetables fall to the earth. Turnips, cabbage, cucumbers, broccoli, and many other vegetables from Holly's experiment fall all over the world. Holly is proud and amazed that her experiment could produce such results until vegetables begin to fall that were not apart of her experiment. Where did they come from? Wiesner combines an original story with wonderful illustrations that answer Holly's question about where those gigantic vegetables came from. He has full and partial page spreads and some paneling of beautiful and detailed images of giant peas floating down the Mississippi River or of a broccoli tree house. I would recommend this book for older elementary students as a free choice read. It would make an excellent addition to any classroom or school library. I give this book 5 of 5 stars due to its interesting a light nature.

Amy Musser

Holly Evans, 3rd grader and budding scientist, decides to launch vegetable seedlings into the sky for her school science project. A few weeks later, on June 29, 1999 to be exact, Holly is thrilled to learn that giant turnips have floated down in Billings, Montana and enormous cucumbers are circling Kalamazoo, Michigan! But Holly gets suspicious when she hears about arugula in Ashtabula and avocados in Vermont; She didn’t send out those vegetables! So where did all these vegetables come from?Read More at Picture-Book-a-Day: http://picturebookaday.blogspot.com/2...


Holly has been working on a great experiment with vegetables. After months of research, Holly fills the the air with vegetable seedlings. Her goal is to study the effects of extraterrestrial conditions on vegetable growth and development. Weeks go by and soon the sky is full of giant vegetable- “cucumbers in Kalamazoo, Parsnips in Providence, and Artichokes in Anchorage.” Holly is confused because there are vegetables in places that were not apart of her experiment. What was going on? The answer is a nice touch to the story. This book can be for older readers because of the theme of the story. Young readers can hear the story, but may not connect to it as well. The illustrations are wonderful and truly deliver a story of their own. A book such as this can spark some interest in conducting science experiments.

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’?

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.


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.

Todd Stansbury

A clever girls tries to experiment with vegetables by sending them into the air and suddenly giant vegetables are falling all over the world. The girl knows that something is wrong; it couldn't have been her experiment that set this off; but what is the cause. This story examines it nicely, showing a world like ours but not like ours.

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.

Esther Choi

Holly Evans who lives in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ has a science project that goes wrong. The seedlings go into the ionosphere and giant vegetables start falling from the sky. That day was Tuesday, June 29, 1999. This story is totally impossible, fantastical, and full of imagination. Young kids would love this story when learning about fiction. Young students can draw a picture that is also totally fantastical and imaginary to go with the lesson and to promote creativity.Interest Level: Grades K - 2Grade level Equivalent: 5.3Lexile Measure®: 750LDRA: Not AvailableGuided Reading: LGenre: Science Fiction Picture BookTheme/Subject: Geography and Map Skills, Plants and Flowers

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