Yay!!! It’s my turn! It’s my turn! There’s a blog tour going on which you may or may not be aware of.
I’ve been anxiously awaiting my turn to talk about this really cool book written by this really cool kid, Erik Weibel. I discovered Erik early in my blogging career about a year ago. He has a blog called This Kid Reviews Books. A KID doing book reviews! Surely a dog could do that, too! Erik is actually kind of like a Labrador retriever. He seems to be always happy, and positive about the world. He has a great sense of humor. He’s a real jokester. He’s a genius. He’s very creative. Like I said — a Labrador retriever! (I’m not sure if he likes to play ball or not)
The storyline from the back of the book — “For years the evil villain Wintergreen had tried to destroy super crime-stopper, Tomato and his sidekick, Pea, and take over planet Oarg. In a plan gone wrong, Wintergreen traps himself along with his arch-nemesis in a runaway rocket ship that crashes on a strange planet called “EAR-TH”. Now these perennial enemies must learn to work together to survive the dangers on this strange world. Hungry birds, enormous snakes and the giant inhabitants of EAR-TH stand between this brawling bunch of aliens and finding a way home.”
We took this book to school and read it with some 3rd graders. It was the perfect book to share with them because they have been discussing “visualization” in class. Visualization is about turning the words you are reading into a movie in your mind. Seeing the pictures that are only there in words. And we all felt like Erik did an outstanding job of that! Tomato and Pea is a great read-aloud. There is lots of dialogue and lots of onomatopoeia. (Big word!). The characters are all nicely drawn out and have very unique qualities. But “visualizing” the characters is where I had a hard time. There are NO PICTURES of the characters in the book. So, this is how I pictured Tomato and Pea —
But the words in the book say that they DON’T look like a tomato and a pea! So we had to read over the descriptions again and again so I could get a better picture! The words say that Tomato is thin and has horns and when he sees his shadow he thinks he looks like the letter Y. And Pea says that he is taller and heavier than Tomato. So – they must be more like a hot dog and a cucumber.
The kids had a much easier time with this visualization than I did. But I think I’m getting the hang of it!!
(I have to confess that I ate Tomato after this photo session.)
My 3rd graders loved this book. They gasped when the S.S.Poofy took off with villains and good guys all aboard. They screamed when the rocket crashed on EAR-TH. They laughed when the crew fell out and landed in a bird’s nest surrounded by giant birds. They shook with fright when the heroes were faced with a giant rat. They giggled when Pea used the Chameleon Cloak. They held their breath as the travelers tried to get to the computers in the library. 3rd graders give this book all thumbs up! We are all anxious to read about the next adventure!
Now, in honor of Tomato and Pea, and since we had those nice tomatoes from our garden, when we got home we made some yummy Texas Cavier!
Those are black eye peas – yummmmm.
And this movie trailer is kind of a visualization of the S.S. Poofy
Now, Y’all go visit the other stops on the blog tour and then go out and find this book and have some fun!