Pick a Pumpkin

Written by Patricia Toht
Illustrated by Jarvis

Each year brings exciting new ways to honor children’s favorite holidays. This year is no exception. A new rhyming take on the activities of Halloween with kid-friendly, detailed illustrations, Pick a Pumpkin fits the bill. Starting in the pumpkin patch, observers must pick their favorite size, color, and shape.

Vivid orange,
ghostly white,
or speckled green
might be just right.

After a cursory clean up, it’s time to cut the top and clean out the insides. Next comes the face carving, followed by the addition of light.

Its fiery grin
will blaze and snicker,
to guard your house
while you have fun.

And it’s time to celebrate.

The author does such a great job of making the reader anticipate the next step, while the illustrator makes you want to linger over the wonderful scenes. Traditional costumes and images are mentioned and seen throughout.

  • Pick a PumpkinTitle: Pick a Pumpkin
  • Author: Patricia Toht
  • Illustrator: Bagram Ibatoullin
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press, 2019
  • Reviewer: Sue Poduska
  • Format: Picture book, 40 pages
  • Grade Level: PreK to 2
  • Genre: Holiday, Fun
  • ISBN: 978-1-5362-0764-4

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