Where Is Baby's Pumpkin?

Overview

In Karen Katz's distinctive style, an adorable baby searches throughout the house for her pumpkin. Is the pumpkin under the leaves, behind the curtain, under the bed? NO! But Baby finds many other surprises as a ghost, a witch's hat, cute-as-a-button bats, and candy apples are found beneath each flap. Finally after Baby finds her pumpkin, she's ready to go trick-or-treating and the final flap reveals a Halloween extravaganza!

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Overview

In Karen Katz's distinctive style, an adorable baby searches throughout the house for her pumpkin. Is the pumpkin under the leaves, behind the curtain, under the bed? NO! But Baby finds many other surprises as a ghost, a witch's hat, cute-as-a-button bats, and candy apples are found beneath each flap. Finally after Baby finds her pumpkin, she's ready to go trick-or-treating and the final flap reveals a Halloween extravaganza!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sheilah Egan
Once again Katz has created a surefire hit for little ones; this time the theme is Halloween. Dressed in a velvety (tactile stimulation) black cat suit, baby is hunting for her missing pumpkin. Each page has a sturdy flap to peek under: "Is it under the leaves?" Beneath the pile of bright fall leaves she discovers a black cat (compare the cat to the costume she is wearing herself). Behind the curtain is a friendly ghost. Happy bats hide in the closet (double doors open on this spread). Hidden by bowls on the table are candy apples, and under the bed is a pointy hat. Finally, Baby opens the door to the outside and discovers her special pumpkin on the porch and heads out to go trick-or-treating with her not-so-spooky friends. Perfect to introduce Halloween to the youngest listeners. Sturdy enough to survive multiple readings (and much handling), this will make a great "treat."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416909705
  • Publisher: Little Simon
  • Publication date: 8/8/2006
  • Pages: 14
  • Sales rank: 145,332
  • Age range: 1 - 4 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.22 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Katz

Karen Katz has written and illustrated more than fifty picture books and novelty books including the bestselling Where Is Baby’s Belly Button? After graduating from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, she attended the Yale Graduate School of Art and Architecture where she became interested in folk art, Indian miniatures, Shaker art, and Mexican art. Her book, Counting Kisses, was named one of the 100 Greatest Books for Kids by Scholastic Parent & Child and was a Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection. Karen, her husband Gary Richards, and their daughter Lena divide their time between New York City and Saugerties, New York. Learn more about Karen Katz at KarenKatz.com.

Karen Katz has written and illustrated more than fifty picture books and novelty books including the bestselling Where Is Baby’s Belly Button? After graduating from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, she attended the Yale Graduate School of Art and Architecture where she became interested in folk art, Indian miniatures, Shaker art, and Mexican art. Her book, Counting Kisses, was named one of the 100 Greatest Books for Kids by Scholastic Parent & Child and was a Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection. Karen, her husband Gary Richards, and their daughter Lena divide their time between New York City and Saugerties, New York. Learn more about Karen Katz at KarenKatz.com.

Biography

From painting and sculpture to quiltmaking and costume design, Karen Katz has been making art in one form or another all her life. But it was not until she and her husband adopted a baby from Guatemala that she considered a career in children's books. Published in 1997, her debut picture book, Over the Moon, told the story of one adoptive family's happy beginnings in a country far away. Since then, Katz has gone on to create many award-winning picture, board, and novelty books that capture the joys of childhood in simple storylines, vibrant colors, and winsome illustrations. Some include count-down elements (Counting Kisses, Ten Tiny Tickles) or interactive features (Where Is Baby's Belly Button?, Peek-A-Baby); still others introduce holiday traditions (My First Kwanzaa, My First Chinese New Year) or reinforce good habits, manners, or behavior (Excuse Me!, No Biting!, I Can Share).

Perhaps the secret to Katz's success (besides the undeniable appeal of her signature round-headed babies!) can be summed up in this quote taken directly from the author/artist's website: "When an idea for a story pops into my head, I ask these questions: Will a child want to read this book? Will parents want to read this book with their children? Will this book make a child laugh? Will this book make a parent and child feel something? Is there something visual here that will hold a child's interest? Will a child see something in a different way after reading this book? If the answer to any of those questions is 'yes,' then I know I'm on the right track."

Good To Know

Katz explains the difference between designing picture books and board books in this way:
Picture books usually have more words in them but they tell more of a narrative story. Board books are usually simpler. They are generally 6 spreads and are about one concept. When I create a board book, I try to make something that is very interactive for the baby, with flaps and pull tabs and lots of surprises. Board books are a perfect size for a baby's hand to hold and touch. Babies can have an experience all by them selves with a good board book and can also have a good lap-time experience with a mommy or daddy or caregiver. Picture books take a little more care since the pages can rip. With a board book, you can throw it in a stroller, chew on the corners and even wipe off mashed peas.

Katz has received numerous awards for her work, including:

  • Smithsonian, People, and Parent Guide magazines Best Books designation, all 1997, all for Over the Moon
  • Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award nomination, Florida Reading Association Award nomination, and Child magazine Best Book designation, all 2000, all for The Colors of Us
  • National Parenting Publications Gold Award, and Child magazine Best Book designation, both 2001, and Bank Street School Books Committee Best Book designation, 2002, all for Counting Kisses
  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award, 2002, for Counting Kisses and Twelve Hats for Lena.
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      1. Education:
        Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia; Yale Graduate School of Art and Architecture
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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 28, 2007

      A reviewer

      I bought this for my son when he was 5 months old. He loved it so much he would stop crying to read it with me. Now he is 16 months and it is still one of his favorites!

      3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 19, 2007

      glitter alert

      This book is very sweet and nicely done except for the glitter all over the book it was all over my child.

      3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 20, 2008

      Skylar's Favorite!

      As you can see it is now April, but when asked what his favorite book ever was for a preschool project, my son ran to get this one!

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 18, 2007

      Just the cutest thing!

      My daughter loves, loves, loves the Karen Katz books. The flaps and the shiny foil are great for her and she's having a great time with this one. I'll be giving this out instead of candy!

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 10, 2007

      Cute Book

      a wonderful story with a theme that makes Halloween fun.

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 21, 2008

      Great Book

      I have a 2 year old and she loves this book. I have to read it to her everynight. She love the different textures in the book... Great Book

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted October 18, 2008

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      Where Is?

      Another of Karen Katz' wonderful flip books to add to your home collection. This one with a Hallowwen theme, just in time for the annual event. Great, colorful illustrations with interactive flaps.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted February 8, 2010

      Great pictures

      My son loves this line of books. This is one has colorful and glittery pictures and a fun story line.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 18, 2010

      Fun lift the flaps

      This book it typical for Karen Katz's Where is Baby's... series. My kids love lifting the flaps to find what is behind them and we re-read this many time through the fall.

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    • Posted December 28, 2009

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      Cute book!

      I got this for my daughter for Halloween because she was also a little black cat, so it seemed entirely appropriate. She immediately liked this book because she is familiar with Karen Katz books (e.g. Where's Baby's Belly Button? and Ears, Nose and Toes). I like these books a lot but have had some problems with flaps being torn off and getting bent. I have been able to glue flaps back on and they have stayed but the bent flaps are another issue. Even with these problems with her books, I'd still buy more. My daughter loves them!

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    • Posted November 15, 2009

      For the very young.

      An adorable introduction to books for early little readers, very engaging and therefore creates an interest in books, a real plus!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 8, 2009

      A new found love of books

      This book has sparked a love for books in my 18 month twin girls. They love to open up the flaps and look/wait to see our response. They have engaged together and now we have managed to make books the only toy allowed down stairs. Sside from their inability to "softly" hand books to us, I am very pleased with my purchase and look forward to buying more of Karen Katz.

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