cover image Happy Meow-Loween Little Pumpkin (Punderland)

Happy Meow-Loween Little Pumpkin (Punderland)

Rose Rossner, illus. by Gareth Williams. Sourcebooks Wonderland, $8.99 (24p) ISBN 978-1-72822-334-6

In this cheerfully rhythmic board book by Rossner, an unnamed narrator relays a series of Halloween puns. “Hey, little pumpkin—/ you sure are a treat!” The book begins in a rounded orange font (pun words are spotlighted in cream) as a smiling, spectacled jack-o’-lantern sits beneath, another with thin orange limbs on the next page waving a lollipop in the air. “Though this may sound corny,/ I think you’re really sweet,” the book continues, as sentient candy corn dance in a room. Rounded, animation-style art by Williams in a jewel-toned palette offers a series of close-ups on Halloween characters against a purple sky and green grass: cheerful spiders, bats, cats, ghosts, mummies, and vampires round out the cast. Eschewing a plot in favor of affirmative one-liners, this is a greeting card–esque readaloud for the youngest Halloween enthusiasts. Ages up to 3. (Aug.)