Josh's Halloween Pumpkin

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As far as Josh can see, rows of his grandfather's pumpkins stretch out in front of him. In fact, every October, people come from all over the county to buy pumpkins from Grandpa Frank. But this year, Josh plans to keep one special pumpkin—the biggest pumpkin in the patch—for himself. With this pumpkin, he will surely be crowned the Harvest Festival Pumpkin King and get to ride in the biggest float in the parade. As he imagines the possibilities for his giant find, he ...

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Overview

Front Flap
As far as Josh can see, rows of his grandfather's pumpkins stretch out in front of him. In fact, every October, people come from all over the county to buy pumpkins from Grandpa Frank. But this year, Josh plans to keep one special pumpkin—the biggest pumpkin in the patch—for himself. With this pumpkin, he will surely be crowned the Harvest Festival Pumpkin King and get to ride in the biggest float in the parade. As he imagines the possibilities for his giant find, he tells his little sister stories about magic flying pumpkins. Josh's pumpkin is so big that it must be magic too, so they agree to keep it a secret.
But when Callie gets lost in the woods before the Harvest Festival, Josh forgets all about the parade. It's getting dark and Callie will be scared. They have to find her. Josh reveals his secret pumpkin with a clever idea. The whole town unites in the effort to locate the sweetest girl in the county. Will Callie find her way out of the dark? Only the magic of Josh's pumpkin can save her.

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Kathryn Lay loves the unusual. She was inspired to write this book by the giant pumpkin exhibit at the Texas State Fair. Fall being her favorite season, she wanted to write a sweet family story without the spooky aspect of most Halloween books.
Lay teaches writing classes online for Coffee House for Writers. She received the 2005 Golden Spur Award for Crown Me! and has taken part in the Texas Book Festival. She is a past Texas regional advisor of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Her work has been included in Guideposts, Family Circle, Cricket, Spider, Highlights for Children, Woman's Day, US Kids, Pockets, Jack & Jill, SCBWI Bulletin, The Writer, Writer's Digest, Boys' Life, Children's Book Insider, Spellbound, Wee Ones, Hopscotch, Teen Power, Teen Life, and Children's Playmate, among others.
Katy Bratun's art has appeared in more than thirty picture books as well as advertisements, greeting cards, puzzles, posters, museum banners, stickers, kids' craft projects, and game boards. She enjoys talking about the creation of picture books with children in schools and libraries. Bratun is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and belongs to the Picture Book Artists' Association.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589805958
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathryn Lay is a full-time writer and instructor. She has taught writing classes at www.coffeehouseforwriters.com and regularly speaks to libraries, schools, bookstores, and at writers' conferences. Her book Crown Me! has been awarded the 2004 Best Juvenile Book from the Oklahoma Writers' Federation, Inc. and the 2005 Golden Spur Award. Lay has published more than fourteen hundred articles, essays, and stories for children's and adult magazines and anthologies, including Highlights for Children, Woman's Day, Jack & Jill, U.S. Kids, Pockets, Cricket, Spider, The Writer, Writer's Digest, Boys' Life, Children's Book Insider, Spellbound, Wee Ones, Hopscotch, Teen Power, Teen Life, Children's Playmate, and the SCBWI Bulletin, among others. Lay resides in Arlington, Texas.

Katy Bratun's art has appeared in picture books, advertisements, greeting cards, puzzles, posters, museum banners, stickers, kids' craft projects, and game boards. She enjoys talking about the creation of picture books to children in school and library settings. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and belongs to the Picture Book Artists Association. She resides in Salem, Massachusetts.

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