The Book That Made Me: Philip Reeve 16/10/19
Pick a Pumpkin
Publisher: Walker Books
Fans of Jarvis’ gorgeous illustrations won’t be able to resist this seasonal treat that celebrates all things Halloween. From picking the pumpkin at the pumpkin patch to carving out a design and lighting the candle, the excitement mounts as Halloween descends.
The final spread shows a beautiful scene of a street lit up on Halloween, with families dressed up together and all the pumpkins glowing.
This lovely poem and pretty illustrations play down the scary side of Halloween; there’s nothing to spook young readers here. The sweet rhyming text is lovely to read aloud and the illustrations have a luminous quality that seems to make the whole book glow.
With 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.