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This Is NOT a Pumpkin Board book – August 7, 2007
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.)
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this for my granddaughters prior to Halloween. They love this book. I read it to them a dozen times.Published 2 months ago by Randy
Beautiful illustrations and story. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves great work, and Halloween! Buy this puppy now.Published on December 22, 2013 by Charles Rosenow
Its PERFECT for the little ones. My 2.5 year old now "reads" it to us every night. Its not at all scary.Published on October 23, 2012 by Book Fan 12
I bought this for my kindergarteners. It's an okay book, definitely not one of my favorites. Mostly I didn't like it because I was looking for something with more technical or... Read morePublished on May 24, 2011 by Leah5801
My 3 year old loves this book this year. He received as a gift last year and didn't seem to interested, but this year every page makes him giggle. He knows the "secret" ending! Read morePublished on August 21, 2009 by R. Potter