June 29, 1999

ISBN: 0395727677
ISBN 13: 9780395727676
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.

Reader's Thoughts


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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

Katie Williams

A story about a girl who decides to do an experiment for her science project by sending various planted vegetables to the Earth's atmosphere to see how well they would grow. A bunch of different vegetables begin to fall back down to the surface in different parts of the world, but they all are enormous in size. A gigantic broccoli ends up falling in her backyard and she becomes disappointed because she didn't send a broccoli plant to the Earth's atmosphere. As she begins to wonder what happened to her vegetables and where those falling to Earth came from it shows an alien spacecraft hovering above Earth that has lost all of it's food supply. Just when they think they will starve, the girls plants begin to float by their spacecraft fully bloomed and ripe. A very cute story to open up science experiments in the classroom dealing with growing different types of plants. Each student could grow their own and come up with a plan to take care of plant. Would it grow better with a lot of sunlight? How much water does it need? A good research activity. It also gives way to talk a little bit about geography and what climate different plants/food need to grow.

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.


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 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.


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.

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.

Daniella Variale

This David Wiesner masterpiece is yet another intriguing story filled with imagination and humor. The story reminded me of a more science fiction version of the book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, but this time, we find out exactly why food falls from the sky. This similarity would make these two stories great to read one after the other, and teachers or parents can use it to develop the compare and contrast skillset. I noticed that the endpapers were an oatmeal color, which is the same in Wiesner's book Tuesday. With both Tuesday and June 29, 1999, I think Wiesner is trying to use the endpapers as an indicator that the readers start and end in boring reality, and while reading the story we are immersed in our imaginations or simply share in Wiesner's. It is between these two endpapers that the world can be what we want it to be.Also similar to Tuesday, Wiesner depicts a portion of the story with an illustration before the title page. Since this is a unique aspect I have not seen in other books, it must a specific Wiesner-style touch. Most of the illustrations in the book are either a continuous narration, in which there is more than one illustration on the page, or a full page illustration (with a border) that extends halfway onto the opposite page. The continuous narration consists of two panels of pictures on each page, making four panels across a spread. It is used to show the event of the descending food on each different town. All the pages have white borders, most likely as a symbol of the story's fictional nature. The illustrations were made with watercolor on Arches paper. The level of detail in the images as well as the shading is amazingly done for this medium. I enjoyed the plethora of different kinds of vegetables that come from the sky. There is more than just the run-of-the-mills veggies like broccoli and peas. It introduces children to lima beans, parsnips, artichokes, and many others that they may not know. This made me think that teachers, now so often restricted to certain healthy foods to bring in for the class, could have a party to taste all these different vegetables. It would give children context for the story, and liven up story time with a healthy snack. I also liked that the various vegetables landed in places that created alliterations, such as how "artichokes advance on Anchorage." This literary device makes the story more interesting, fun to read, and probably fun to listen to for children.


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.

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.

Jessica Moden

reading Level: Kindergarten This book has great illustrations and a storyline to follow. 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. The vegetables are so large they are transported through bodies of water to help economies of certain states. The problem arises when she realizes some of the vegetables grown were not the seeds she used in her experiment. It turned out that a star-cruiser traveling from planet to planet had accidently released their vegetables onto earth, which is why large vegetables were littered all over the world. This book would be a great introduction to science experiments, teaching the components of the scientific method and how it works. I highly recommend this book for classroom use; it will definitely be a part of my in-class library and lesson plans.

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