When Green Becomes Tomatoes

When tomotoesGreen Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons

by Julie Fogliano

Pictures by Julie Morstad

A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook Press

March 1, 2016

Crocuses that peek out from fields of snow make way for frogs that dance in the rain and a dachshund named Paul. Sand castles and swimsuits move over for autumn sweaters and golden leaves that twirl as they fall. And then the snowflakes return, (more drift and swirl than tumble bump, more gentle float than ouch and bump). When Green Becomes Tomatoes is a celebration of all things seasonal, written by Julie Fogliano, author of the much-loved picture books And Then It’s Spring and If You Want to See a Whale, and charmingly illustrated by the remarkable Julie Morstad.

wheel “Fogliano’s gentle poems pair well with Morstad’s soft watercolor illustrations, which combine precise images, impossibly delicate brushstrokes and true, bright colors against a lot of peaceful white space. She gives visual life to the poems with a multicultural cast of adorable, exquisitely dressed children.” —New York Tiimes

wheel A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016

wheel A Shelf Awareness Best Book of 2016

wheel New York Library Notable 100 Best Books for Children

wheel School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

wheel “Complementing the poems are Morstad’s gouache and pencil-crayon illustrations, which range from effectively simple (a firefly glowing in the dark) to tantalizingly detailed (spot the inchworm or the ladybug in the shrubs). A multiracial cast of children relishing the delights of the seasons adds to this title’s appeal.” —Booklist, starred review

wheel “Working in gouache and pencil, Morstad (Swan) creates an appealing, multiracial cast of children in scarves and swimsuits, pajamas and parkas, while helping highlight the way that small things–a sprouting plant, a falling leaf–can herald big changes.” —PW, starred review

wheel “This combination of poetry and art in praise of the familiar, natural world is sweetly, successfully dazzling.”―Kirkus Reviews, starred review

wheel Amazon.com #1 New Release

wheel Amazon.com Best Book of the Month

wheel “Morstad’s art is perfection.” — TurtleAndRobot

wheel “Morstad’s gouache and pencil crayon pictures and Fogliano’s poetry are delicately precise, gracefully and economically expressed, and filled with the wonder of genuine childhood experience untainted by sentimentality.” —Horn Book

wheel “Highly recommended.” —School Library Journal, starred review

wheel Best Children’s Books of the Year by the Bank Street College Center for Children’s Literature

wheel “Morstad’s illustrations are so gorgeous that they would not look out of place framed on a wall. In a style that is similar to Gyo Fujikawa and Edward Gorey, Morstad’s illustrations are poetry themselves and bring Fogliano’s poems and the seasons to life.” –Twenty By Jenny

 CYBILS 2016 Finalist — Poetry

 BCCB Blue Ribbon Book

 A Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices 2017

 A 2017 Indies Choice Finalist