cover image Pumpkin Cat

Pumpkin Cat

Anne Mortimer. HarperCollins/Tegen, $14.99 (24p) ISBN 978-0-06-187485-7

In this tender story, Mouse teaches charcoal-colored, emerald-eyed Cat how to grow a pumpkin: “Mouse found a watering can. ‘What now?’ asked Cat. ‘Time to water the seeds,’ said Mouse.” When they plant the seedlings and two crows appear, they make a scarecrow, and when the pumpkins are finally ripe Mouse cuts into one with a knife, telling Cat, “I am going to make you a surprise!” Mortimer’s naturalistic yet whimsical scenes exude old-fashioned Halloween charm. Ages 4–7. (Aug.)