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Tomatoes from Mars
     

Tomatoes from Mars

by Arthur Yorinks, Mort Drucker (Illustrator)
 

They came from outer space. They were . . .
Tomatoes from Mars!

When these vicious Martian fruits invade Earth and threaten to cover it in sauce, the whole world looks to one man, one genius—Dr. Schtickle—to save it from becoming the second red planet.

Dr. Schtickle . . . Help!!!!

00 Children's Choices (IRA/CBC)

Overview

They came from outer space. They were . . .
Tomatoes from Mars!

When these vicious Martian fruits invade Earth and threaten to cover it in sauce, the whole world looks to one man, one genius—Dr. Schtickle—to save it from becoming the second red planet.

Dr. Schtickle . . . Help!!!!

00 Children's Choices (IRA/CBC)

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-Who's to say why the red planet is red? In this kooky offering, Dr. Shtickle-an Einstein caricature-begins to explain his theory, and the audience laughs. Until-plump Tomatoes from Mars literally sail in on saucers of plain, white china. Busy full- and double-page cartoon sketches depict the bedlam in Washington as political, military, and scientific forces rally to avert the tomatoes that are staining towns and cities everywhere. Tongue-in-cheek text and visual gags abound. "Highly trained pilots were sent aloft to fill the sky with symbols of welcome. There was Man. There was Woman. There was Tomato." The familiar gender symbols appear in white sky writing along with the plum-red outline of a ripe tomato. This failed attempt nearly pushes the military button as the intruders leave their rosy mark on the White House. In the end, Shtickle saves the day with a solution likely to elicit a groan from adults. Yorinks moves it all along at a good pace and children will enjoy the goofy take on the alien visitors, the messy redness of it all, and the satisfying showdown between the terrified Shtickle and the persistent Martian fruits. Corny and comic, it's a richly silly invasion.-Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062050700
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/1999
Series:
Michael Di Capua Books Series
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
1 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Arthur Yorinks is the author of more than two dozen books for children, including the Caldecott Medal winner Hey, Al, illustrated by Richard Egielski. He has also collaborated with Maurice Sendak on several titles, most recently mommy? The founder and artistic director of the yorinks theater group, he lives in New York City.

Mort Druckers legendary features and covers for Mad have been a mainstay of that magazine for over forty years. His only children's books are Whitefish Will Rides Again!, and Tomatoes from Mars, both in collaboration with Arthur Yorinks. Mr. Drucker lives in Woodbury, NY.

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