PICK A PUMPKIN, by Patricia Toht, Illustrated by Jarvis, Candlewick Press


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.

Out July 2019

34 Pages Approx.


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

This board book is Halloween themed. Its pages are durable and the illustrations are bright and colorful. It is written in verse.

It’s about picking a pumpkin, deciding which one you like the best; and then, carving it to look different from all the rest…

Okay, okay… After you carve the pumpkin into Jack ‘O Lanterns, then it’s time to get dressed in costumes to go Trick or Treating and out for all kinds of Halloween fun!

This book is engaging for little readers with inquisitive minds. This is a typical Halloween book that I’ve seen many times. What makes it different from all the rest is the verse. The artwork is not my favorite, but it’s effective. I’m certain that little readers will be filled with wonder after sitting with mom and dad and enjoying the story together.

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