Publication Date: March 2004
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A summer trip abounding in tomatoes and mischief
Annabelle and her little brother, Willie, are spending the week at Granny's. Annabelle, who has promised to keep her brother out of trouble, can't decide which is worse: being responsible for Willie, or helping Granny prepare tomatoes -- which Annabelle hates -- for home canning. Willie escapes his sister's surveillance to lasso chickens and torment the goat. Annabelle, when not searching for her brother, must squish hot tomatoes for juice - and find ways to avoid tasting the finished product. But the offending fruit ends up being of unexpected benefit as Willie's devilishness reaches an all-time high.
Annabelle narrates this flavorful farm story, depicted with comic illustrations.
Jill Esbaum lives on a farm in eastern Iowa. This is her first book.
Roger Roth has illustrated many books for children. He lives in Springfield, Pennsylvania.
"Realistic illustrations salt-and-pepper the saucy tale with wry humor, comeuppance, and down-home flavor. Amusing." -- Kirkus Review
"Perfectly matched to the text in tone, the watercolor-and-graphite illustrations capture the action...pictures are large enough to share with a group, and independent readers will enjoy this humorous story on their own." -- School Library Journal
"Roth's cheerful art echoes the energy and folksiness of the tale...Whether fond of tomatoes or not, kids will find this a flavorsome romp." -- Publishers Weekly