Erica Silverman, S.D. Schindler (Paperback)
Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Witches, Halloween, Pumpkin
"Big Pumpkin" by Erica Silverman is a funny Halloween story that will delight children in preschool, kindergarten and first grade. A witch wants to make pumpkin pie, so she plants a pumpkin seed. The pumpkin grows so big that the witch cannot yank it from the vine. Some traditional Halloween characters come to help, but neither the ghost, nor the vampire, nor the mummy can make it budge. Finally a bat comes up with a good idea. They line up and pull together. Off comes the big pumpkin. The colorful illustrations by S.D. Schindler is a little spooky but not scary. With predictable rhyming texts, the picture book is good for reading aloud. Kids can also see the value of cooperation and teamwork.
Dan Yaccarino (Board Books)
Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Halloween, Pumpkin
"Five Little Pumpkins", illustrated by Dan Yaccarino, is a good Halloween board book for toddlers. Five little jack-o-lanterns are sitting on a gate and watching the witches and ghost flying by in the sky. Finally the little pumpkins have enough of Halloween fun and roll out of sight. Each of the five little pumpkins has a different expression, and the ghost is cute and not at all scary. Dan Yaccarino's bold and expressive illustrations do a good job catching the spirit of this popular fingerplay.