The Red Lemon
By Bob Staake
(Golden Books, Library Binding, 9780375935930, 40pp.)
Publication Date: September 12, 2006
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In this thought-provoking tale reminiscent of Seuss, Farmer McPhee finds a red lemon in his orchard and cries, "It's red as a stop sign! It's red as a rose! I can't have red lemons where yellow fruit grows! Imagine a world where lemonade's red? Where once-yellow cupcakes are crimson instead?" As he tosses the red lemon across the water, he can't imagine that it will land on a small island, sprout a seed, and someday bring forth an orchard of lemon trees...where people will travel to from all over, to try the red lemons that are "six times as sweet!"
Bob Staake, who grew up with Golden Books, is a former political cartoonist, a highly successful commercial artist, and the author and/or illustrator of many critically acclaimed books for children (Pigs Rock!; Hello, Robots; Little Golden Picture Dictionary) and adults (The Complete Book of Humorous Art).
A self-confessed workaholic who uses various styles, Staake's award-winning commercial art has graced the pages of MAD Magazine, Time, and The Washington Post.
Staake has published with Viking and HarperCollins; his illustrations for the upcoming LGB, I'M A TRUCK, debut in Spring '06.The illustrator lives in Cape Cod, MA