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Publisher Comments:

Moritmer Henryson loves Plantzilla--the plant he's been taking care of all year in this third-grade classroom--so much that he takes it home for the summer. But things soon take a strange turn. Full color.

Review:

"Employing the same tenderness and fanciful sense of wonder that characterized her Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm and Raising Dragons, Nolen delivers another picture book with a far-out premise and plenty of heart. A series of letters and postcards tells the tale. Third-grader Mortimer Henryson has successfully petitioned his parents and his science teacher, Mr. Lester, to allow him to bring the class plant, Plantcilia (nicknamed 'Plantzilla' by the students), home over summer vacation. But Mortimer's parents worry when Plantzilla starts developing an appetite for meat, growing wildly and moving on its own and just what has become of Mrs. Henryson's prize-winning Chihuahua? It seems the more care and attention that Mortimer pays his favorite bit of flora, the more human-like Plantzilla becomes. As the transformation continues, the sprawling, blooming plant becomes literally part of the family. The book's distinctive design allows each character his or her (or its) own hand-lettered or typewritten form of expression, a playful touch (although newly independent readers may have trouble with Mrs. Henryson's cursive). Catrow's (Cinderella Skeleton) exuberant vine of a plant part Venus's-flytrap, part aloe vera and part whimsy creeps and curls from spread to spread, like an exotic jungle creature, and all of the humans look eccentric, too. His renderings of Plantzilla's high jinks, such as forming a two-man hockey team to play against Mortimer, compound the nutty fun. Ages 5-8." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

When third-grader Mortimer Henryson brings Plantzilla home for summer vacation, a pot roast disappears, then steaks from the grill--and where has Mrs. Henryson's prize Chihuahua gone? Full color.

Synopsis:

When Mortimer's parents allow him to bring home Mr. Lester's seemingly innocent classroom plant for vacation, he finds that when you give a living thing love, you just don't know where it will lead!

Synopsis:

When Mortimer Henryson offers to take care of a strange plant called Plantzilla for the summer, he is in for more than he bargained for.

Synopsis:

When Mortimer Henryson offers to take care of a strange plant called Plantzilla for the summer, he is in for more than he bargained for.

About the Author

JERDINE NOLEN is the author of Raising Dragons, which won the Christopher Award. She lives in Maryland.

DAVID CATROW has illustrated many books for children, including I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! and I Like Myself! He lives in Ohio.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780152053925
Author:
Catrow, David
Publisher:
Voyager Paperbacks
Illustrator:
Catrow, David
Author:
Keliher, Brian
Author:
Catrow, David
Subject:
Family - General
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Picturebooks
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Plants
Subject:
School & Education
Subject:
Horror & Ghost Stories
Subject:
Concepts - General
Subject:
Situations / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Subject:
Children s humor
Edition Description:
Trade Paper, Picture
Publication Date:
20050831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from K up to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-color illustrations
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
9 x 12 in 0.39 lb
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:
05-08

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Product details 32 pages Voyager Books - English 9780152053925 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Employing the same tenderness and fanciful sense of wonder that characterized her Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm and Raising Dragons, Nolen delivers another picture book with a far-out premise and plenty of heart. A series of letters and postcards tells the tale. Third-grader Mortimer Henryson has successfully petitioned his parents and his science teacher, Mr. Lester, to allow him to bring the class plant, Plantcilia (nicknamed 'Plantzilla' by the students), home over summer vacation. But Mortimer's parents worry when Plantzilla starts developing an appetite for meat, growing wildly and moving on its own and just what has become of Mrs. Henryson's prize-winning Chihuahua? It seems the more care and attention that Mortimer pays his favorite bit of flora, the more human-like Plantzilla becomes. As the transformation continues, the sprawling, blooming plant becomes literally part of the family. The book's distinctive design allows each character his or her (or its) own hand-lettered or typewritten form of expression, a playful touch (although newly independent readers may have trouble with Mrs. Henryson's cursive). Catrow's (Cinderella Skeleton) exuberant vine of a plant part Venus's-flytrap, part aloe vera and part whimsy creeps and curls from spread to spread, like an exotic jungle creature, and all of the humans look eccentric, too. His renderings of Plantzilla's high jinks, such as forming a two-man hockey team to play against Mortimer, compound the nutty fun. Ages 5-8." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , When third-grader Mortimer Henryson brings Plantzilla home for summer vacation, a pot roast disappears, then steaks from the grill--and where has Mrs. Henryson's prize Chihuahua gone? Full color.
"Synopsis" by ,
When Mortimer's parents allow him to bring home Mr. Lester's seemingly innocent classroom plant for vacation, he finds that when you give a living thing love, you just don't know where it will lead!

"Synopsis" by , When Mortimer Henryson offers to take care of a strange plant called Plantzilla for the summer, he is in for more than he bargained for.
"Synopsis" by ,
When Mortimer Henryson offers to take care of a strange plant called Plantzilla for the summer, he is in for more than he bargained for.

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