Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere

Smriti Prasadam-Halls, illus. by Lorena Alvarez. Parragon, $6.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-4748-0241-3
Lest one think that pumpkins are only good for pies and carving, Prasadam-Halls (Don’t Call Me Sweet!) and Alvarez (The Noon Balloon) explore emotions, opposites, and general Halloween fun, as evoked in glowing jack-o’-lantern faces. “Pumpkin happy,/ pumpkin sad,/ pumpkin cheeky,/ pumpkin mad,” begins the author, as Alvarez shows two sisters preparing to go trick-or-treating; the “sad” is triggered when the younger sister sees her older sibling dash off with her other friends, a feeling reflected in the faces of both the girl and the jack’-o-lantern she carries. The sisters soon reconcile, and the story expands to include dozens of costumed children who snag candy, dance, and take part in a parade. Alvarez’s illustrations have the fresh, modern feel of an indie webcomic, creating an inviting backdrop for Prasadam-Halls’s bouncy, gourd-driven rhymes. Ages 4–8. Author’s agent: Jodie Hodges, United Agents. Illustrator’s agency: Bright Agency. (June)
Reviewed on: 07/27/2015
Release date: 06/01/2015
Genre: Children's
Hardcover - 32 pages - 978-1-4723-7913-9
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-1-4748-9652-8
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