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It's hip to be square-and that's why The Legend of Spookley has sold more than 100,000 copies so far! And now it comes with a free CD.

Spookley was different.
He was odd,
he was rare.
Spookley the pumpkin wasn't round-
he was...square!

A very unique pumpkin delivers a special message of tolerance and ...

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Overview

It's hip to be square-and that's why The Legend of Spookley has sold more than 100,000 copies so far! And now it comes with a free CD.

Spookley was different.
He was odd,
he was rare.
Spookley the pumpkin wasn't round-
he was...square!

A very unique pumpkin delivers a special message of tolerance and self-acceptance that's just right for Halloween...and every day of the year. Plus, the book comes with a FREE CD that features the famous Bobby "Boris" Pickett (of "Monster Mash" fame) reading the story and singing songs--including one from the upcoming Spookley film!
What's going on in the pumpkin patch? Well, a very unusual pumpkin has hatched. While all others are round, Spookley is square. He's not like his friends-they have curves, he has ends. And so everyone teases him, night and day.
But just before Halloween, the weather turns stormy. Winds toss the round pumpkins to and fro, and off they go, crashing and bashing and smashing--except Spookley. Can he, with his square little body, save the day?
A delicious story about how good being different can be. And the imaginative end--a patch filled with all sorts of oddly shaped and colorful pumpkins--will thoroughly delight kids!

Includes a FREE CD of a reading of the Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin and two Spookley songs.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760745557
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 7/15/2003
  • Edition description: BOOK & CD
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 2 years

Interviews & Essays

An Interview with Spookley the Square Pumpkin

Q. Do you like being square?

A. At first I didn't, but now I love it! I didn't understand that being "different" is perfectly normal. We are all "different" -- that's what makes the world a fun place. Imagine if everyone looked and thought the same way...BORING!

Q. Why were the other pumpkins mean to you?

A. Because they had never seen a square pumpkin before, they thought all pumpkins should be round. So they judged me by the part of me they could see. But once they took the time to get to know me, they realized it's not what you look like that matters, it's who you are, and how you act that really counts. Now we're all friends!

Q. Did the farmer grow you special?

A. Nope. The farmer was as surprised as everyone else that one of the pumpkins he grew was square.

Q. What is you favorite color?

A. My favorite color is orange, because it means autumn is here, and that means Halloween is coming. I love Halloween. Don't you?

Q. Do you want to be round?

A. No. I'm very happy just being who I am.

Q. Do square pumpkins have square seeds?

A. As a matter of fact, it seems that a square pumpkin's seeds can be any shape: square, round, triangular, it doesn't seem to matter. I guess you can't judge a seed by its cover either.

Q. Was it fun to be a hero?

A. I don't really think of myself as a hero, but it was great to be able to help the other pumpkins.

Q. Why do you think you grew square?

A. That's a tough one... Maybe so the other pumpkins could learn a few lessons, like...

  • Never be embarrassed of who you are.
  • Believe in yourself.
  • Give a new kid a chance.
  • Don't judge people by their looks.
  • Always expect the unexpected.
  • And most important of all...to show everyone it really is hip to be square!
Q. How does it feel to have a book written about you?

A. It's a little embarrassing, but it does give me a chance to meet all sorts of interesting people and make a lot of new friends, so I guess I'm really glad it happened.

Q. Do you have anything you want to say to your new friends?

A. I hope you all like the book, and remember when you go out trick or treating...

  • Carry a flashlight.
  • Walk, don't run.
  • Stay on sidewalks.
  • Obey traffic signals.
  • Stay in familiar neighborhoods.
  • Make sure your costume doesn't drag on the ground.
  • Only go to houses that are lit.
  • And most important of all...have fun!
Happy Halloween, Everybody!
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2013

    We bought the book four our first grade class. We used it to lea

    We bought the book four our first grade class. We used it to learn the beginning, middle and end. Some students said " I like it becasue it gives a lot of details." "I like it becasue I like pumpkins." I like it because it gave us details about round pumpkins teasing him." The stpry is about a square pumpkin who gets teased becasue he is different. Then he ends up saving the day. It has a great lesson about not judging by the way something or someone looks. We would recommend this story to kids of all ages. It is a sweet story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    Highly recommend

    It's a great book on diversity for younger students/children.

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  • Posted September 17, 2012

    Such a cute book!

    When my son was 2 he and I visited one of my sisters who had this book. He would not stop asking me to read it, so naturally I had to get him his own copy. This is one of his favorite books! It's a good moral and fun to read!

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  • Posted December 20, 2009

    great story for little ones

    I got this for my 2 granddaughters, ages 1 1/2 and 3 1/2. They both love the book. The illustrations are colorful and eye-catching. The story is very cute. The message of not judging because of being different is illustrated through the story. Both my girls sit to listen to the whole story and frequently bring the book out to be read again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2009

    Very cute story

    A great story about the positive aspects of being different.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2009

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    a big hit in our house

    I bought this book for my two-year-old at Halloween, and she loves it so much we're still reading it EVERY night at bed time - she asks for it by name. The pictures are adorable. There are a couple spots where the author's word choice trips up the rythm, but we improvise. ;) We also got the little stuffed Spookley toy... honestly haven't listened to the CD though.

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  • Posted June 26, 2009

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    i LOVE tis book!

    hey im still a teenager but i grew up with this book(and starlet the littlest star) i lost this book when i was little i have no idea where it is but just seeing the cover brings back so many sweet memories! i think i'll talk my mom into buying me this again and starlet ^-^ thank you so much!

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

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    So Dear

    I fell in love with this book long before I had my own children. I admit I jumped the gun and bought it for my 2 1/2 year old. I think it is a bit much for her to absorb. But she did get a kick out of the colors and shapes of all the pumpkins. I am sure she will grow to love it as I have.

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  • Posted October 21, 2008

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    It's Hip To Be Square

    You gotta love Spookley! He's a square, but that's just fine with me. A great book and a wonderful message.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2006

    yay spookley!

    Hi, im alex. whenever i go to my grammas house i ask her to read spookley to me. I love it a lot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2005

    Best Children's Book

    It is so refreshing to see a story that teaches young and old not to judge by the outter cover. I have a pumpkin patch and I read this story to hundreds of students and adults. They love it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2004

    The DVD of the Book is AWESOME too!!!

    This book is such a great learning tool for kids. The Connecticut chapter of Operation Respect has really embraced its story of diversity and tolerance. If you like the story you have to check out the new movie version that just came out. Barnes and Noble sells it at the stores.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2004

    Couldn't Get Enough!

    I bought this book for my grandson, (who at the time was 3). From the day I bought it and sometime past Thanksgiving we read this book (and listened) everyday. He enjoyed Spookley so much, that I cut out a piece of wood and painted it up to look just like Spookley. He was happy to have his very own Spookley hanging in his room. When Fall arrives again this year, you can bet we'll be listening and reading Spookley again. Nanny B-Largo,FL

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2003

    Wonderful and Timely!

    Thank you for this wonderful book. Instead of pretending we are all the same, it highlights the differences in people and then teaches readers of all ages to apprecaite and celebrate those differences. This is such a great time to be doing that in this country. I want to give it to everyone I know!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2003

    Spookley is different, but it's an advantage one night

    My first-graders LOVED this story. And it has such a good plot. The CD is great and they also enjoyed passing around the Spookley doll.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2003

    Troublingly incomplete

    I was left disappointed and unsatisfied by this story of a square pumpkin. All this focus on pumpkin exteriors leaves unanswered questions like: What existential conflicts drive the pumpkins to act out? How does Spookley's inner pumpkin feel about his lot in the patch? This incomplete portrait also deprives us of insights into matters such as whether the pumpkins have girlfriends and what they do for a living...Does Spookley's cruel bullying come to an end just before he is made into a tasty pumpkin pie? If so, what lessons can we learn about the futility of life? Perhaps there is even a lesson here about fatalism? Maybe the inevitable sequel will offer some more food for thought...

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2002

    Finally something everyone can enjoy....

    A wonderful story that everyone can enjoy; from the smallest children to the most rebellious of teenagers.. Spookley is an amazing character who shows that one can make a difference even if they are different! I hope that everyone experiences Spookley this holiday season and year round!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2001

    Best Halloween story...with a message

    What a sweet story! I love Spookley! When is the TV show coming out? Great message for kids of all ages - loved the rhymes. As the saying goes, 'don't judge a book by its cover.' Great to use during Brotherhood Week (February) in addition to Halloween.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2001

    Spookley is Best book ever!!!!

    This book tuched my heart with joy!!! This story of Spookley the Square Pumpkin made me feel so good inside when a read it. I just want to read it over and over and over again. I am proud to be the son of the Author. Good Job Mr. Troiano

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2001

    Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin

    I found this to be a charming story for children. The strange little square pumpkin saves the day and begins a new day of acceptance on the farm...and in the hearts of the children who hear his story!

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