Pomelo Begins to Grow


Written by Ramona Badescu
Illustrated by Benjamin Chaud

Full color throughout
48 pages
Subject: friendship, animals
Age group: 4–8
ISBN: 978-1-59270-111-7
9 x 12 1/2"

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About the Book

What happens as a little one begins to grow? Are there growing pains? Do different parts of the body grow unequally? If the outside grows does this mean that the inside is changing too?
Children love to it when they start to grow! The only thing better than being four is being four and a half! But they also have questions, and maybe even worry a little.
As Pomelo begins to grow he begins to notice the world around him in a different way and at once he wants to do something big, bigger than he's ever done!

Awards and Reviews

A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2011

"I loved “Pomelo Begins to Grow.” Funny, smart and idiosyncratic, graceful and intuitive in a way that feels as much dreamed as written...." -- Bruce Handy, The New York Times Book Review

A RAVE from SLJ!
"Gr 1-3–Pomelo is a small pink elephant with a tape-measure-like nose. Curious about the size of his favorite dandelion, he begins to measure things and notices that he himself has grown. “All at once, Pomelo feels the super-hyper-extra force of the cosmos spreading through him.” But this feeling comes with all sorts of existential questions: Will he grow equally all over? Will he still have to do the things he doesn’t want to do when he gets big? Badescu’s endearingly anxious pachyderm mirrors the familiar impatience to grow up, the determination never to act like adults do, and the many other concerns “medium”-sized people face. The author and illustrator demonstrate a brilliant marriage of text and illustration. Chaud’s charming paintings of Pomelo in his landscape of dandelions, strawberries, and smiling potatoes–set simply against oversize white pages–breathe life and humor into Badescu’s big-picture questions, while playing with scale. Youngsters will laugh at the silly depictions of Pomelo as he grows unevenly, while adults will smile at his joyful exploration of a countryside dotted with asparagus trees, broccoli bushes, and sushi flowers as he learns to love foods that aren’t sweet. The imagery may remind some readers of the modern Japanese ultra-cute cartoon style, but the masterful execution–and Badescu’s universal subject matter–makes this a picture book that children will return to again and again." –Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI

Publishers Weekly
Week of 7/11/11

A STAR for POMELO from Publishers Weekly!!!
★ Pomelo Begins to Grow Ramona Badescu, trans. from the French by Claudia Bedrick, illus. by Benjamin Chaud. Enchanted Lion (Consortium, dist.), $16.95 (48p) ISBN 978-1-59270-111-7
The young elephant Pomelo is growing up, and this French pair, in their English- language debut, chronicle his doubts and questions, transferring onto his eraser- pink body and round eyes the anxieties that ordinary children have but rarely ex- press. “[Pomelo’s] a little worried that he won’t grow equally all over,” Badescu says, as Chaud supplies vignettes of Pomelo with an oversize ear here and an outsize leg there. When Pomelo “wonders what has to happen on the inside for him to grow on the outside,” Chaud draws a cutaway view of Pomelo full of complex, mysterious machinery. And to demon- strate that growing up involves “having new experiences,” Chaud shows Pomelo eating a hot pepper with fire roaring out of his mouth. Badescu is honest about young childhood’s losses (“But seriously, does growing up mean one has to stop clowning around?”) and encouraging about older children’s joys (“[W]hen your old fears return you are able to laugh at them”). Chaud lavishes as much energy on the verdant backgrounds as on Pomelo; they’re like Henri Rousseau’s tropics. The whole makes for a quirky, delectable treat. Ages 4–7. (Sept.)

"A tiny pink “garden elephant” has a mighty epiphany in this buoyant…French import. […] Endowed with googly eyes and a really long trunk that looks like (and seems about the size of) a wriggly earthworm, Pomelo broadcasts his excitement as he bounces through Chaud’s big, very simply drawn cartoon garden scenes. […] Dr. Seuss has already explored most of the places he’ll go, but there’s always room for another heads-up that adulthood’s coming—particularly one that doesn’t take itself too seriously. (Picture book. 6-9, graduates, adults)" - Kirkus