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This Is NOT a Pumpkin Board book – August 7, 2007

4.3 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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About the Author

Bob Staake has written and/or illustrated more than sixty books, including The Red Lemon, a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year. He has been a cover artist for The New Yorker since 2006, and his November 17, 2008, Barack Obama victory cover was named the Best Magazine Cover of the Year by Time magazine. He lives on Cape Cod, in Massachusetts

Bob Staake has written and/or illustrated more than sixty books, including The Red Lemon, a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year. He has been a cover artist for The New Yorker since 2006, and his November 17, 2008, Barack Obama victory cover was named the Best Magazine Cover of the Year by Time magazine. He lives on Cape Cod, in Massachusetts
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 4 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Board book: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little Simon (August 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416933530
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416933533
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #997,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My kids love this book! They yell out and laugh each time it says, "This is NOT a pumpkin!" It is funny, witty, and visually engaging. I am buying a copy for my friend's daughter now.
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I'm a big fan of Bob Staake's other work so this was somewhat disappointing.

Perhaps I was expecting too much in thinking this would be a Magritte-inspired, "The Treachery of Images" homage using a pumpkin instead of a pipe. But no. It's just a very simple picture book for very young children.

SPOILER ALERT: It's not a pumpkin, it's a Jack o' Lantern. I wish I'd known this part in advance, as I was planning on giving it to a child whose family doesn't celebrate Halloween. (I know, the kid's missing out.)
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I did not read this book through before I gave it to my son -- a potentially risky move on my part -- because as soon as he saw it, he wanted it. So, we read it together. My son, at the time, was three-and-a-half years old. I wasn't sure he'd "get" the book. I was wrong. He laughed like a maniac when he reached the final two pages. We read this book several more times -- that same day. And he laughed, every time.

The cover, of course, is what my son saw first. And it is quite tantalizing in a wonderfully Magritte sort of way. This is, and probably will be, the only Bob Staake book where I can refer to the artwork as "illustration", as in singular. But it works because it is a singular illustration. I refuse to give away the ending, so no details on why the illustration works.

If you are looking for a book for a toddler or preschooler this Fall/Hallowe'en season, you cannot go wrong with this one. My little boy still carries it everywhere. And HE reads it. All the time.
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My 3 year old daughter LOVES this book. She jumps up and down and laughs so hard and yell "THIS IS NOT A PUMPKIN" its funny to watch but to me the book is boring. But she loved it so much when we rented it from the library that we bought it for her birthday this year:)
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My husband and I read this to our 2 and 1 year old almost every night. It is called "pumkin patch" in our house. We love Bob Staake and buy any book we can find that he has written or illustrated. Mary had a little lamp is also a big hit in our house.
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My boys are 10 months old. We read for about 30 minutes a night. They have their favorites. I have mine as well.

I think this is a good book to break out for October...but not a great book.

It's one of those books where I like the idea and just wish someone else had executed it.

Visually it's quite nice - very modern. But the writing is sub-par. The pacing is poor. The emphasis points are not good. The ending doesn't come together.

I think you can do better, basically.
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I bought "This Is Not A Pumpkin" for my 2 year old granddaughter. She loves it! The drawings are simple, clear and colorful, and the text is short and direct. We had fun trying to guess what the drawing was - it certainly looked like a pumpkin!
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My 21 month old daughter received this book as a pre-Halloween treat, and she loves it! I really like the simplicity of the design and graphics of the book too. Highly recommended!
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