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Biggest Pumpkin Ever
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Biggest Pumpkin Ever

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by Steven Kroll, Jeni Bassett (Illustrator)

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Two mice, each without the other's knowledge, help a pumpkin grow into "the biggest pumpkin ever"--but for different purposes.


Two mice, each without the other's knowledge, help a pumpkin grow into "the biggest pumpkin ever"--but for different purposes.

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Children's Literature - Sheilah Egan
Originally published in 1984, this edition offers the opportunity to introduce another generation to the wonderful mice characters Kroll so deftly creates with words and his darling illustrations. "Darling" is not a word to be associated with real mice, but Kroll's charming Clayton and Desmond are definitely in this category. Each of these micelings independently discovers a tiny pumpkin growing in the garden. Unbeknownst to each other, each mouse decides to nurture "his" pumpkin to its fullest potential. Clayton wants to enter it in the town's pumpkin contest and Desmond wants to create the biggest jack-o'-lantern ever seen in the neighborhood. Readers will delight in the knowledge that neither mouse is aware of the other as they water, fertilize, and care for the same pumpkin, Clayton during the day and Desmond by the light of the moon. The delightful laughter they share as they discover each other humming and covering the now truly gigantic pumpkin with blankets (to protect it from frost) is truly charming. The lack of jealousy and the easy with they arrange for both of their goals to be met is a wonderful example for young readers to emulate. Needless to say, the pumpkin prize is won and later the jack-o'-lantern throws a golden light over the entire village of mice. Kroll's illustrations capture the joint exertions and the droll comparisons of the two young mice's efforts with simple cartoon-like drawings that cleverly depict the emotions of each. The townsmice are also given anthropomorphic expressions that reveal their enjoyment of the entire story. Read this one aloud, and plan to plant a pumpkin of your own using Clayton and Desmond's pumpkin growing advice—maybe you'llhave a gigantic pumpkin of you own next fall. Includes foil pumpkin stickers.

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Scholastic, Inc.
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7.60(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Steven Kroll was the author of over fifty books for children and young adults, including the New York Times bestselling The Biggest Pumpkin Ever.

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MsKristiesClass More than 1 year ago
This story started out with a mouse who wanted to win a pumpkin contest. Then a boy named Clayton, then another boy name Desmond. They both discovered the little pumpkin on the same day. Soon he had an idea that it could become the biggest pumpkin in the neighborhood. One after noon one of the little boys mix up some fertilizer that night the other little boy and did the same thing. The next day…  Both of them did the same thing again. The pumpkin grew and grew and grew. The pumpkin was as all most as tall as Clayton.  The second day… The two boys brought out there brother’s and one brought out there mother to ,which was Clayton’s but all of them said to use sugar water, then his pumpkin got enormous, and the pumpkin was not even full grown  but if you want to see how big it is you have to read the book.  I think this book was cute because it has little mice trying to win a contest. There is a giant pumpkin that there growing in garden. I like that they covered the pump kin with blankets. I also like that mice on motorcycles bring the pumpkin to the contest. If you like pumpkins and mice that grow pumpkins you should read this book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Because of the loving care of a town mouse and a country mouse, a pumpkin grows to huge proportions--and makes for the best Halloween ever! A great story with light humor sprinkled throughout. It also stresses the importance of compromise without being too heavy-handed.