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The Red Lemon by Bob Staake

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 is a favorite illustrator and storyteller of ours. In fact his book Hello, Robots! is one of the most re-read books in the house! His illustrations are always vibrant and his talent with rhyming is phenomenal. The Red Lemon is a book we actually haven’t read yet, but came across because it is now being offered in paperback through Dragonfly Books (making it an absolute steal!). Originally it was printed by Golden Books (both are imprints of Random House) and with the change comes a page count difference from forty to thirty-two pages. I’m so unbelievably curious about the change that even without the love for Staake’s work I might have picked it up just out of curiosity. We shall see. This is bound to be a lot of fun to read no matter the length! Have you read it? What did you think?

Make sure not to miss Bob Staake’s website for more of his amazing and sometimes very silly artwork!

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5 Responses to The Year of the Picture Book – The Red Lemon by Bob Staake

  1. Gina says:

    A RED lemon? How curious indeed! Also that page count difference makes we wonder if any artwork was left out…*crosses fingers* Looks like another favorite for the kiddos…. ^_^

  2. Jen says:

    This looks adorable! And very good for my kids who are a different colour than their friends.

  3. Danzel says:

    This is one of my 4-year-old’s favorite books. I can vouch for its awesomeness!

  4. PragmaticMom says:

    I love Bob Staake’s illustration style!

  5. V(Bookborne) says:

    How curious…I wonder which pages they took out?

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