Pick a pumpkin - Patricia Toht



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Pick a pumpkin
Patricia Toht
Walker Books and Subsidiaries
UK Publication Date

Pick a pumpkin from the patch - tall and lean or short and fat. Vivid orange, ghostly white, or speckled green, might be just right...

Illustrated by the winner of the V&A Best Illustrated Book 2017

It's Halloween! Which means it's time to dangle cobwebs and bats from the windows, put on costumes, and - most important of all - visit the pumpkin patch and pick out that perfect pumpkin! Then cart it home, scoop out the insides, carve a scary face, and finally light a candle inside, transforming it into a one-of-a-kind, glowing jack-o'-lantern...

With warm, autumnal art, and a rhythmic read-aloud text that captures all the excitement and familial feeling of Halloween, this is the perfect book to share by flickering candlelight on the spookiest night of the year.

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Patricia Toht once owned a children's bookshop called Never Never Land, before turning a love of books into a love of writing. She is the author of Pick a Pine Tree, illustrated by Jarvis, All Aboard the London Bus, illustrated by Sam Usher, and has contributed fiction, non-fiction and poetry to numerous children's magazines. She lives in Chicago, USA. Find her online at patriciatoht.com and on Twitter as @PatriciaToht.

Jarvis studied graphic design and previously worked as a record sleeve designer, website designer and an animation director before becoming a children's book maker. His books with Walker include Tropical Terry, Mrs Mole, I'm Home! and Alan's Big, Scary Teeth, which won the 2017 V&A Best Illustrated Book. Jarvis lives in Manchester with his wife and their dog and cat. Follow him on Twitter as @heyimjarvis, and on Instagram as @booksbyjarvis.

"[.] perfectly captures that sense of misty autumnal days [.] Warm autumnal colours and a rhythmic rhyming text capture the fun and excitement of Halloween."
The Bookseller, Children's Previews

Sumptuous production from Walker Books, this feels like a real treat of a book - as sweet as a toffee apple and as warm as hot chocolate. It's one to share on a crisp October night and to treasure, year after year.

The book is a wonderful rhyming book which goes along the journey of picking a pumpkin and taking it to the final steps of carving and making it into a jack o lantern. The book even says Happy Halloween at the end which gives the perfect ending to it. The book is also filled with stunning halloween scenes and lovely pumpkin illustrations. Can't beat it for a book to read this October.
Lily's Little Learners

Jarvis' illustration is absolutely remarkable, and its soft retro-styled beauty makes this book really stand out - especially the Christmas tree spread at the end.

Hardback original
Keyword Index
Halloween - Pictorial works - Juvenile fiction.|Stories in rhyme.
Country of Publication
Number of Pages
33 unnumbered

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