Pick a pumpkin

Patricia Toht, 1960-

Book - 2019

"One of the most loved Halloween traditions is visiting a pumpkin patch and picking out the perfect pumpkin! Once you bring your pumpkin home, invite your friends and family to form a carving crew and help you turn that perfect pumpkin into--a grinning, glowing jack-o'-lantern! With vibrant, joyful art and a rhythmic, read-aloud text filled with the spirit of community and the thrills of the season, here is a celebration of every fun-filled step in creating the perfect jack-o'-lan...tern on Halloween night!"--Book jacket.

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Subjects
Genres
Stories in rhyme
Picture books
Picture books for children
Published
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press 2019.
Edition
First U.S. edition
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
ISBN
9781536207644
1536207640
Main Author
Patricia Toht, 1960- (author)
Other Authors
Jarvis, 1985- (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* This charming picture book is sure to get readers into the Halloween spirit. Jaunty, lilting rhymed text follows a mom and two kids as they go to a pumpkin patch and pick out a couple of suitable pumpkins (Vivid orange, / ghostly white, / or speckled green / might be just right). Once they're back home, step-by-step directions guide the family in getting ready for Halloween: cleaning the pumpkins and carving appropriately terrifying expressions, of course, but also decorating the house, donning costumes, fetching their trick-or-treat goody bags, and, finally, illuminating their perfect jack-o'-lanterns. The brief but expressive passages beg to be read aloud, and the verses often end with teasers for the following page: Next, Then, or All together. . . The pencil, chalk, and paint illustrations feature gradually deepening shades of green, blue, and purple as darkness falls, with cozy oranges and yellows helping create suitably spooky, dreamlike scenes. Featuring a multiracial cast of characters, plus plenty of intriguing visual details, this newest offering from the team responsible for the popular Pick a Pine Tree (2017) is sure to be another crowd-pleaser, perfect for home snuggling and group storytimes alike. Preschool-Grade 2. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In a sequel to their Christmas-themed Pick a Pine Tree, Toht and Jarvis follow a family and their circle of pals as they transform some humble pumpkin-patch residents into the ultimate symbol of Halloween: the jack-o'-lantern. As in the previous book, the rhymes are lively and lilting, even featuring some of the same cues ("But, wait!") that push readers to the next spread. The pacing, leisurely but never slack, savors each stage of the pumpkins' journey to spooky fabulousness, including the a wagon ride and the removal of "Clumpy seeds. Guts and things." Jarvis's bustling, chalk-textured pictures evoke the spirit of homespun fun, while the deep color palette—punctuated by radiant orange, of course ("Its red-hot eyes/ will gaze/ and flicker;/ Its fiery grin/ will blaze and snicker")—feels like a favorite fall flannel. Ages 3–7. (July) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"One of the most loved Halloween traditions is visiting a pumpkin patch and picking out the perfect pumpkin! Once you bring your pumpkin home, invite your friends and family to form a carving crew and help you turn that perfect pumpkin into--a grinning, glowing jack-o'-lantern! With vibrant, joyful art and a rhythmic, read-aloud text filled with the spirit of community and the thrills of the season, here is a celebration of every fun-filled step in creating the perfect jack-o'-lantern on Halloween night!"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The creators of Pick a Pine Tree celebrate the fun seasonal tradition of pumpkin picking in a rhythmic story that depicts a family searching for just the right pumpkin, enjoying cider and toffee apples and carving a jack-o’-lantern. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A family visits a pumpkin patch and chooses the perfect pumpkin to take home and carve a Jack-o-lantern.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

The creators of Pick a Pine Tree are back with a joyful, energetic celebration of a Halloween tradition.Pick a pumpkin from the patch. Tall and lean or short and fat. Vivid orange, ghostly white, or speckled green, might be just right.Pairing a wonderfully rhythmic read-aloud text with expressive retro illustrations, author Patricia Toht and illustrator Jarvis capture all the excitement and familial feeling of a favorite holiday tradition. Readers will be happy to follow along with each step, from picking out the perfect specimen at the pumpkin patch (be sure to stop for cider and toffee apples) to carting it home, scooping out the insides, carving a scary face, and finally lighting a candle inside — savoring the familiar ritual of transforming an ordinary pumpkin into a one-of-a-kind glowing jack-o’-lantern.