Into the Pumpkin

Linda Franklin. Schiffer (, $16.99 (48p) ISBN 978-0-7643-4183-0
A playful and at times eloquent rhyming poem invites readers to take a journey on a witch’s broom and “through a pumpkin,” where archetypal characters such as ghosts, a pumpkin head, and scarecrow are gathering: “Where shall the party/ take place for the night?/ In a spooky old castle/ with ghosts all in sight.” Using creamy oranges and ethereal whites and grays, the images are often impressionistic and sometimes frightening: wraithlike ghosts crowd the entrance to a cemetery; elsewhere, two eerie figures stand in a field next to a scarecrow. Franklin balances creepiness and fun in her atmospheric autumnal illustrations. Ages 4–8. (July)
Reviewed on: 07/30/2012
Release date: 08/01/2012
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