Cats enjoy all the glories of a human Halloween in this peek at popular October traditions. In Anderson’s colored pencil and acrylic glaze illustrations, a family of smiling, scarf-wearing felines heads to a pumpkin patch, where an errant mouse sends one pumpkin rolling. There, they select the sizable squashes they’ll cart home to carve into jack-o’-lanterns (“Pumpkin drawing/pumpkin trace,/ pumpkin carving,/ pumpkin face!”). After donning costumes, the cats go trick-or-treating as the festive evening continues (“pumpkin candy, pumpkin scare”) and return home for their bedtime routine. Battigelli’s text—a series of rhyming, two-word phrases each beginning with “pumpkin”—sometimes results in perplexing phrases (“Pumpkin partridge/ pumpkin mouse,/ pumpkin wheeling,/ pumpkin house”) but possesses a jaunty rhythm and a fun-to-pronounce quality. Ages 3–6. (Oct.)
Praise for Pumpkin Orange, Pumpkin Round
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"The rear endpapers give directions for carving a jack-o'-lantern, adults doing all the cutting after kids have drawn the facial features. Cozy, repetitious autumn fun for toddlers and younger preschoolers." Kirkus Reviews
"Cats enjoy all the glories of a human Halloween in this peek at popular October traditions....Battigelli's texta series of rhyming, two-word phrases each beginning with 'pumpkin'...possesses a jaunty rhythm and a fun-to-pronounce quality." Publishers Weekly
"[T]he repetition and simplicity of the text make this an appealing choice for group-sharing during storytime. The art, created with colored pencil and acrylic glaze on watercolor paper, is warm and fuzzy, providing a safe, not-so-scary depiction of Halloween that is appropriate for young listeners....A safe bet for libraries looking for autumnal and Halloween-themed picture books for the youngest patrons.” School Library Journal
“Rating E...The simplicity of the text is brought to life by the perfect pairing of Tara Anderson’s warm, cosy and childlike illustration style....Whimsical and energetic, the furry friends pop off the pages reeling in the reader to join in the fun! Easy to read yet lively, Battigelli's Pumpkin Orange, Pumpkin Round guides us around the clock from daytime to evening transforming an orange pumpkin to something aglow! Don’t forget the ‘How to Carve a Jack-o-Lantern’ how-to guide in the back inside cover!” Resource Links
"A fun, simple, festive book that families will love. Highly Recommended." CM Magazine
“Catchy rhyming verses...[and] vibrant illustrations....Early readers and preschoolers will enjoy this one as they get ready for trick-or-treating.” Winnipeg Free Press
PreS-After visiting a pumpkin patch, a pair of cats and their kittens pick pumpkins and take them home with them. Once home, they make jack-o'-lanterns, with the parent cats helping their children carve their pumpkins. The kittens then get ready for Halloween, putting on costumes, and the whole crew goes trick-or-treating together before returning home, hearing a bedtime story, and going to sleep. While not groundbreaking, this is a pleasant and suitable Halloween-themed picture book. The rhymes are short and rhythmic, although there are a couple of clunkers, such as the unfortunate attempt to rhyme "chum" with "mom." Despite a few uneven rhymes, the repetition and simplicity of the text make this an appealing choice for group-sharing during storytime. The art, created with colored pencil and acrylic glaze on watercolor paper, is warm and fuzzy, providing a safe, not-so-scary depiction of Halloween that is appropriate for young listeners. The book concludes with instructions on how children can carve their own jack-o'-lanterns, emphasizing the need for an adult helper. VERDICT A safe bet for libraries looking for autumnal and Halloween-themed picture books for the youngest patrons.-Laura J. Giunta, Garden City Public Library, NY
Rhyming verses follow a group of cats for some pumpkin picking and carving fun before trick-or-treating.
"Pumpkin orange, / pumpkin round, / pumpkin hiding... / pumpkin found! // Pumpkin lifting, / pumpkin fall, / pumpkin rolling, / pumpkin ball!" The words that follow "pumpkin" are sometimes adjectives, sometimes nouns, at times an activity depicted, and occasionally references to actual pumpkins, making the illustrations essential for decoding, though they don't always help with some of the vocabulary: "…gleaming…glow…glaring…show" is illustrated with the cats in front of their tree home, two jack-o'-lanterns lit up, and a kitten in a third one. The ending is especially satisfying, one larger cat giving a smaller one a hug while three others curl up with the largest gray cat on a sofa with a book: "Pumpkin tired, / pumpkin fed, / pumpkin story, / pumpkin bed." Since every other word is "pumpkin," the term will wear on many children much beyond the toddler stage long before the end, and a couple rhymes are rough: "mom" with "chum," for example. The artwork, done with colored pencil and acrylic glaze, is both childlike and nicely textured, the six cats easily differentiated, especially the elder dark gray parental figure who wears half-moon specs. The rear endpapers give directions for carving a jack-o'-lantern, adults doing all the cutting after kids have drawn the facial features.
Cozy, repetitious autumn fun for toddlers and younger preschoolers. (Picture book. 2-4)