Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Great Pumpkin Books

Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin by Mary Serfozo

I just loved the fun wordplay in this tale of a young tiger named Peter in search of the perfect pumpkin, "Not a lumpy bumpy pumpkin. Not a stumpy, grumpy pumpkin, but a sunny sumtuous pumpkin." Beautiful rhymes matched with beautiful illustrations of swirling paint streaks of gold, yellow, and purple.

Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper

Cat, Squirel, and Duck all live cozily together, each with special tasks, right down to their preparation of pumpkin soup. Until one day when Duck decides that he wants to stir! With warm, rich, and enchantingly detailed illustrations this is a beautifully told story about friendship and sharing, and it even includes a recipe for pumpkin soup.

The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis

This isnt the first Lewis book I've recommended on here and I'd be surprised if it was the last. It's a bit of a tongue twister, but the "thumpin bumpin" rhythm of the text was a perfect match for the pumpkin crashing thru the family farm and wrecking havoc in this fun and spunky book.

Pumpkin Day! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace

This isn't the first Wallace book I've recommended on here either, and I know it wont be the last. I love her cut-out illustrations, and how she is able to include so much information; jack-o-lantern history, different varieties of pumpkins, ect in each of her books without ever breaking the rhythm of the story. This one even has pumpkin jokes sprinkled throughout. It finishes off with a recipe for pumpkin seeds as well as pumpkin muffins.


Mouse's First Halloween by Lauren Thompson

The Mouse's First books are all winners, and this one is no exception. With its gorgeous double spread illustrations I thought it had just the perfect amount of creepiness for the very youngest of trick-or-treaters.

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