Book review–“This is NOT a Pumpkin”


Staake, Bob.  This is NOT a Pumpkin.  Little Simon, 2007.

What’s round like a pumpkin, orange like a pumpkin, but NOT a pumpkin?  A jack o’ lantern, of course!  I had the opportunity to read this board book to a group of kids of varying ages, and they all liked it.  However, I think babies and toddlers would enjoy it most because of its simplicity.  Each of the illustrations appears to depict a pumpkin, yet the  bold text on the opposite page insists that it is NOT a pumpkin.  With each declaration, the kids seemed to grow more convinced that it WAS a pumpkin, which made the “surprise” ending really fun.  Recommended for babies and toddlers.


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