Saturday, October 26, 2019

Pick a Pumpkin - Children's Book Review


Pick a Pumpkin
By Patricia Toht, illustrated by Jarvis

9781536207644 | Ages 3 to 7

Pick a pumpkin from the patch. Tall and lean or short and fat. Vivid orange, ghostly white, or speckled green, might be just right.

Pairing a wonderfully rhythmic read-aloud text with expressive retro illustrations, author Patricia Toht and illustrator Jarvis capture all the excitement and familial feeling of a favorite holiday tradition. Readers will be happy to follow along with each step, from picking out the perfect specimen at the pumpkin patch (be sure to stop for cider and toffee apples) to carting it home, scooping out the insides, carving a scary face, and finally lighting a candle inside—savoring the familiar ritual of transforming an ordinary pumpkin into a one-of-a-kind glowing jack-o’-lantern.

The creators of Pick a Pine Tree are back with a joyful, energetic celebration of a Halloween tradition.


My Review:

Autumn is my favorite season of the year for several reasons, with one of them being about the experience of going to a pumpkin patch and another being about Halloween.  This book combines the two. 

A hardcover book with a short story told in rhythmic form, Pick a Pumpkin tells of going from picking out a pumpkin at a patch and inviting a pumpkin carving crew to gathering supplies and creating a jack-o-lantern. 

I really like the way this tale is worded.  It's catchy and there are a variety of adjectives used to describe pumpkins and other things.  It's a perfect book to read with your youngster to get in the Halloween spirit!



I received book for review from Candlewick Press.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

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