Pumpkin Eye

Pumpkin Eye

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by Denise Fleming
     
 

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A Halloween story with just the right amount of spookiness for preschoolers

It's Halloween night! The rising moon lights the way for trick-or-treaters and sets the mood for a spooky celebration where imagination rules.

Award-winning author/artist Denise Fleming turns her talents to every child's favorite holiday.

Overview

A Halloween story with just the right amount of spookiness for preschoolers

It's Halloween night! The rising moon lights the way for trick-or-treaters and sets the mood for a spooky celebration where imagination rules.

Award-winning author/artist Denise Fleming turns her talents to every child's favorite holiday.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“[Fleming's] pleasingly spooky visions of peaked roofs, pumpkins and trick-or-treaters convey an expectant atmosphere.” —Publishers Weekly

“The simple rhyming text accompanied by eye-catching illustrations makes this a fun read-aloud storytime book for preschoolers.” —Salisbury Post

“Fleming truly captures the thrill of trick-or-treating from the child's perspective.” —Tricia Gardella, The Union Democrat

Publishers Weekly
"Fleming kindles seasonal thoughts with concise couplets and handmade-paper images, in which vermilion and fuschia highlights glow like neon against grainy black and evergreen," wrote PW. Ages 3-6. (Aug.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Simple rhymed couplets evoke the exciting and anticipatory mood of Halloween night in which "Trick or treat, pounding feet, jack-o'-lanterns line the street." Fleming's signature illustrations of paper pulp poured through stencils glow with deep night colors and are set off with bright orange pumpkins, yellow hair and the huge, full harvest moon. Challenging vocabulary ("wretched witches roam the street"..."clacking bones/muffled moans") will appeal to independent trick-or-treaters, while younger hand-holders will respond to the slightly scary word choices (tattered, toothless, eerie, hissing, swooping). The repeated phrase of pounding feet conveys the excitement of running from house to house in the night as "Halloween has found our street." A great read-aloud for the season's story hour, and a semi-scary but ultimately friendly reminder of the childhood joys of being out and about on this special holiday, disguised but a little bit scared by others' disguises, and getting candy. 2001, Henry Holt, $15.95. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Susan Hepler
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Simple rhymed couplets evoke the anticipatory mood of Halloween night in which "Trick or treat-/pounding feet,/jack-o'-lanterns/line the street." Fleming's signature illustrations of paper pulp poured through stencils glow with deep night colors set off with bright orange pumpkins, yellow hair, and the huge harvest moon. Challenging vocabulary ("wretched witches/roam the street./Clacking bones,/muffled moans") will appeal to independent trick-or-treaters while younger hand-holders will respond to the slightly scary word choices (tattered, toothless, eerie, hissing, swooping). The repeated phrase of pounding feet conveys the excitement of running from house to house in the night as "Halloween/has found our street." This is a great read-aloud for storyhours and a semi-scary but ultimately friendly reminder of the childhood joys of being out and about, disguised but a little bit frightened by others' costumes, and getting candy on this special holiday.-Susan Hepler, Burgundy Farm Country Day School, Alexandria, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
All eyes in a Halloween story hour will be riveted to this stellar story of trick-or-treaters enjoying the deliciously scary nature of this special night. Images of eyes peek out throughout the story with golden cat eyes, lighted windows in houses, and the pie-shaped eyes of jack-o'-lanterns looming on oversized pages. Fleming (The Everything Book, 2000, etc.) uses her signature medium of cotton pulp poured into hand-cut stencils to create the shapes for her paper collages with midnight-blue backgrounds lit by a full moon. Each double-page spread has a rhyming couplet set in huge white type, relating a pitch-perfect story full of heart-pounding excitement ("toes curl, heads swirl, things bump, hearts thump"). The brilliant design includes creative text placement and superb left-to-right flow as the trick-or-treaters work their way down the street, becoming more excited and animated as the night progresses. Those who object to witches will want to skip this one, as "wretched witches roam the street" and fly through the sky on the final page-but for those who celebrate Halloween in all its spooky glory, this story seems destined to become an essential read-aloud for October story hours. (Picture book. 3-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805076356
Publisher:
Square Fish
Publication date:
08/12/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
643,040
Product dimensions:
10.01(w) x 10.03(h) x 0.15(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Denise Fleming has written and illustrated many children's books, including In the Tall, Tall Grass, Shout! Shout It Out!, and Sleepy, Oh So Sleepy. She won a Caldecott Honor for In the Small, Small Pond. Denise published her first painting in the third grade, when she started taking classes at the Toledo Museum of Art and one of her paintings was chosen to be the cover of a teacher's magazine. She now works primarily with paper, by pouring colored paper pulp through hand-cut stencils. She lives in Toledo, Ohio.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing halloween story with great illustrations. Denise Fleming is an amazing author!