Enjoy food, drinks, games, art activities and books at this fun and family-friendly event. The Watermelon Seed is his first children’s book and is published by Disney*Hyperion. Come celebrate and meet the artist and find out more about his work:
Saturday, May 4 from 3 – 6 pm
The Print Center
1314 Latimer Street (between Spruce and Locust)
Greg Pizzoli is an illustrator, printmaker and educator. He teaches screen printing for Continuing Education at the University of the Arts. His colorful prints and books are inhabited by an array of fanciful characters and places including alligators in ice cream trucks and dogs driving race cars. The distinctive style, humor and attention to detail make his work instantly appealing.
Pizzoli received his MFA in Book Arts and Printmaking from the University of the Arts. Greg has exhibited his work in the US, Canada and the Netherlands. His books are in various collections throughout the country, including the Free Library of Philadelphia. He has completed one children’s book and has several more in the works.
According to his publisher:
“With perfect comic pacing, Greg Pizzoli introduces us to one funny crocodile who has one big fear: swallowing a watermelon seed. What will he do when his greatest fear is realized? Will vines sprout out his ears? Will his skin turn pink? This crocodile has a wild imagination that kids will love.”
“With bold color and a beautiful sense of design, Greg Pizzoli’s picture book debut takes this familiar childhood worry and gives us a true gem in the vein of I Want My Hat Back and Not a Box.”
Publisher’s Weekly’s review stated:
“Classic kid fear: accidentally swallow a watermelon seed, and the result will be a botanical version of what the zombie virus does to folks in The Walking Dead: vines will come out of your ears, and pretty soon you’ll turn pink and wind up a morsel in someone else’s fruit salad. In this first book from Pizzoli, the goal isn’t to assuage readers’ fears, but he does defuse them with help from an adorable bug-eyed crocodile who’s hooked on watermelon (“Ever since I was a teeny, tiny baby crocodile, it’s been my favorite. CHOMP! SLURP! CHOMP!”). Pizzoli’s ostensibly simple cartooning is actually quite clever: he plays with framing and scale to gently spoof the crocodile’s horror-movie imaginings (“It’s growing in my guts!”), while the limited but luscious palette (watermelon pink and green, of course) and a subtly pulpy texture make each spread good enough to eat. It’s an expert debut, and one with a valuable lesson, to boot: a hearty burp can brighten even the darkest hour.” (Reviewed on: 03/11/2013)