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Picture books
New Milford, Conn. : Roaring Brook Press c2006.
1st ed
Item Description
"A Neal Porter book."
Physical Description
unpaged : col. ill
Main Author
Ken Robbins (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

From the irresistible, eye-grabbing front cover, a photographs of a wagon filled with pumpkins, to a close-up shot of a pumpkin stem on the back cover, Robbins' salute to this squash glimmers as brightly as a jack-o'-lantern. His spectacular color photographs juxtapose scenes framed in white borders with full-bleed close-ups. The left side of one spread, for example, shows a hand holding seeds, while the right pictures a farmer planting them. Using artfully contrasting proportions and dramatic page compositions studded with vivid orange color, Robbins creates a visual narrative of a pumpkin's life cycle--from seed to sprout to flower to fruit to holiday symbol. Instructions for making a jack-o'-lantern are included. Showing pumpkins from tiny to gigantic (one weighing more than1,000 pounds), this record of a favorite American vegetable wins a blue ribbon. ((Reviewed September 1, 2006)) Copyright 2006 Booklist Reviews

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Robbins (Tools ; Seeds ) provides a crisp photographic account of Halloween's iconic veggie. The horizontal alignment of the pages and color photos creates stability, while a monotone voice and close-up pictures detail the planting process from vine to mulch. Robbins's serious, scientific tone draws attention to even the tamest humor ("Some are round, but some of them are kind of flattened, or squashed, you might say"), and a how-to sequence on jack-o-lantern carving makes this just right for first-timers ("Put a candle inside and light it. It will look quite nice"). Gardeners will see their know-how confirmed in this forthright version, and novices may well be inspired to experience the slimy pulp and seeds for themselves. Ages 4-8. (Aug.) [Page 204]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

K-Gr 2 With color photos that equal any painting for artistry of composition and sensitivity, Robbins has created a book that is certain to become an autumn favorite. Without naming the season, it launches into a description of autumn as that time of year when , clearly and poetically evoking the crisp, cooler days with the leaves splashing their color on the ground . The author documents the life cycle of the pumpkin with close-up, naturalistic photos and clear, simple text. He discusses the wide variety of pumpkin colors and sizes, from the palm-sized types to those weighing more than 1000 pounds. Basic instructions are included for carving a jack-o-lantern, with adult help suggested. The next year's crop, ensured by the pumpkins and their seeds left to rot in the field, is the focus of the last spread. Will Hubbell's Pumpkin Jack (Albert Whitman, 2000) covers similar ground, but is told as a story, and has colored-pencil illustrations. Reading both books makes a great lesson in comparing and contrasting, as well as in botany and in the joys of the season.Lynda Ritterman, Atco Elementary School, Waterford, NJ [Page 110]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Simple text and illustrations pay tribute to the pumpkin--the harbinger of autumn--from seed to a fully fledged fruit, and features instructions for carving a jack-o'-lantern.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A visually stunning photo-essay pays tribute to the pumpkin--the harbinger of autumn--from seed to a fully fledged fruit, and features instructions for carving a jack-o'-lantern.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

From late summer to Thanksgiving, pumpkins are everywhere, a symbol of fall and a reminder of the holidays to come. In this handsome book, Ken Robbins--widely known for his sumptuous photo-essays on subjects ranging from trucks to tools to autumn leaves--portrays the pumpkin from seed, to sprout, to flower, to fully fledged fruit, and back again. Instructions are given to (safely) carve a jack-o'-lantern. As always in a book by Ken Robbins, a simple--but never simplisitc--text is accompanied by luscious photographs.