“Pumpkins come in all shapes and sizes,” begins The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons. As soon as I saw this book come back to my library, I knew I had to take a peek. After all, I love both children’s books and pumpkins!
The Pumpkin Book is an education for younger children about pumpkins. The first part talks about how pumpkins are planted and grown. The second part teaches about the use of pumpkins including how people have used pumpkins throughout history. A younger reader can even learn how to carve a pumpkin for Halloween, complete with how-to instructions and fun pictures.
The illustrations in The Pumpkin Book are my favorite part of the book. Gail Gibbons, who is a master of children’s non-fiction, has an illustration style all her own, which is both realistic and slightly whimsical.
The Verdict: The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons is an excellent read for the autumn season. Kids who love pumpkins as much as me will enjoy all the facts in this book, and the pictures make the words come alive. I will definitely be reading this book to Poppy when he or she gets older!
The Pumpkin Book © 2011 Heather Johnson