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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt & Company; 1st edition (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805066810
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805066814
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 10.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,218,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

All the glorious, spooky, swoopy delights of Halloween congregate on one street for one perfectly bone-chilling night in Caldecott Honor artist Denise Fleming's splendid Pumpkin Eye. Gorgeous, thick pulp paintings depict jack-o'-lanterns, bats, dragons, and toothless hags, while clever, memorable rhymes capture the very essence of Halloween: "Trick or treat-- / pounding feet, / wretched witches / roam the street." Fleming's evocative language and imagery fill the pages with clacking bones, blood red nails, muffled moans, eerie shadows, and the burning wicks of candlesticks. Her unusual illustrations, made by pouring colored cotton fiber through hand-cut stencils, are just right for the subject matter, lending a thick, dark, mysterious quality to the trick-or-treaters, moonlit night, and close-up pumpkins. This is another stupendous picture book from the creator of the Caldecott Honor Book In the Small, Small Pond, as well as The Everything Book, Mama Cat Has Three Kittens, and many others. Pure, blood-curdling delight. (Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulter

From Publishers Weekly

A jack-o-lantern stares from triangular holes: "Piece of pie,/ pumpkin eye." A brisk refrain quickens the pace: "Trick or treat / pounding feet,/ eerie shadows/ fill the street." Fleming (The Everything Book) kindles seasonal thoughts with concise couplets and handmade-paper images, in which vermilion and fuschia highlights glow like neon against grainy black and evergreen. Her pleasingly spooky visions of peaked roofs, pumpkins and trick-or-treaters convey an expectant atmosphere. Ages 2-5.

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More About the Author

Denise Fleming won a Caldecott Honor for In the Small, Small Pond. She is the author and illustrator of eighteen picture books, including Buster.

***INTERVIEW***
Q: Where did you grow up?
A: I grew up in Toledo,Ohio, where I live still. I am a midwestern girl.

Q: What is your earliest memory of writing/drawing?
A: It seems like I was always writing and drawing. I wanted to share my ideas from the beginning. A bit bossy am I.

Q: What inspired you to write/illustrate your first book?
A: I started collecting picture books in art school. I was crazy about the whole picture book format. I realized, as I was sharing books with my daughter, that making books is what I needed to do.

Q: What are your hobbies and interests besides reading and books?
A: I work in clay, create art from tin cans, and make art dolls. Right now I am working on combining all three media. I also dye and paint fabric for the dolls.
Planting flowers and painting the outside of my house and studio is what I am busy doing right now.

Q: What one or two words of advice would you give for young authors/illustrators?
A: Experiment with different styles and media.

*From Macmillan's Denise Fleming page.

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Pumpkin Eye encourages the imagination to run wild!
Teena
Children will love the way the book is illustrated with rich colours and eye-catching orange pumpkins!
Sandra D. Peters
My son's daycare teacher reads this book and plays the audio cassette with it.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 9, 2001
Format: Hardcover
As a children's librarian, I am always on the lookout for those special books to add to my collection of story time treats. "Pumpkin Eye" caught my eye the moment I opened its covers. Short, catchy text, bright, attention getting illustrations and, best of all considering my intended audience is an impressionable eight years and under, just the gentlest touch of spookiness. I can hardly wait to share it with the children.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on October 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Caldecott Honor artist, Denise Fleming, has truly outdone herself with this spooky and mysterious celebration of Halloween. From eerie shadows, swooping bats and clacking bones, to wretched witches, hissing cats and muffled moans, her evocative, simple, rhyming text, full of imagery and magic, sets the mood and is beautifully complemented by her bold, expressive, larger-than-life artwork. Young imaginations will soar as they read this wonderful picture book and pore over all the special details on each page. Perfect for youngsters 4-8, Pumpkin Eye really captures the very essence of Halloween night and is sure to get all young ghosts and goblins ready for seasonal fun. "Trick or treat/Pounding feet/Halloween has found our street!"
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sandra D. Peters on September 18, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I think there is still a little kid that lurks deep inside all of us. The cover of this children's book caught my eye as I roamed through my favourite book store. It was just too impossible to resist; a little peek, who will see? I picked up the book and actually did not put it down until the end. From bats and dragons to a harvest moon and orange pumpkins, children will love the colour and verse of this simplistic yet creative book. When you take a look at the enchantment of this delightful book, you will realize the wonders of childhood that we truly miss. Children will love the way the book is illustrated with rich colours and eye-catching orange pumpkins!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Teena on December 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Denise Fleming's Pumpkin Eye is a wonderful book for pre-schoolers and early elementary children. Her pulp paintings are very unique. Her work is often compared to that of Eric Carle's. In this book the author uses simple rhymes to describe the various aspects that create Halloween. On each double page spread there is a rhyming couplet. Fleming's writing encourages the reader in indulge in all the excitement and spookiness of this particular night. These include the sights and sounds of the holiday. Fleming sets a mysterious mood in the beginning of the book by describing the rising moon. Next she describes pumpkin eyes, candlesticks, pounding feet, and jack-o-lanterns lining the street. There are also spirits spilling down the hill and dragons and unicorns walking around. Every couple of pages begin with the words "Trick-O-Treat"! Also there are images of eyes throughout the whole story. For example, on some pages there are cat eyes in the illustrations and on others there are pumpkin "eyes", and the startled expressions in children's eyes. In addition, the author creates an eerie mood by describing the dark shadows, swooping bats, hissing cats, tattered rags, toothless hags, pointed tails, and blood-red nails. The suspense builds as the reader reads about witches and skeletons filling the street. Fleming uses onomatopoeia repeatedly. For example, trick-o-treaters hear wolves howling, clacking bones, muffled moans, and hearts thumping. These sounds and feelings make the reader feel like they are in the street trick-o-treating themselves. Pumpkin Eye encourages the imagination to run wild!

This book would be perfect to get young children in the mood to do Halloween art activities. Students could make their own Halloween masks.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Pollard on November 10, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is a great Halloween tale for younger students. The illustrations are wonderful and catch the attention of the reader. The twist at the end is really fun for children. I work in an elementary school and have had a lot of fun watching the students react to the colorful characters and silly storyline.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mom2babiesAB&C on October 2, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is so fun to read. I love the simple rhymes and fun pictures. The kids have worn out our original copy that I got when they were in preschool from a book order. It literally fell apart. I was so glad to find it here on amazon to surprise them this Halloween. Even though they are now in 3rd grade, it is still a favorite even if it's below their reading level. ..."blood red nails" is their favorite line...they love to say it in a creepy witch voice. A classic.
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