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The Great Pumpkin Switch Library Binding – September 1, 1992
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From Publishers Weekly
Atmospheric watercolors by the Caldecott Honor artist cast a glow over this Norman Rockwell-esque story of a neighborhood peddlar who helps two boys when they accidentally smash a prize pumpkin. Ages 4-7.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3-- McDonald's storytelling skill is once again very much in evidence in this sequel to The Potato Man (Orchard, 1991). This time Grampa tells of the time he and his friend Otto accidentally cut the stem of his sister's prized pumpkin, causing ``Big Max'' to tumble down 34 front steps and smash. With some quick thinking and the help of Mr. Angelo, the Potato Man, the boys are able to bring about a happy ending. Although the story is set in the early part of the century, this very realistic tale involves typical childhood dilemmas and will not seem the least bit old-fashioned to today's readers. Lewin's outstanding watercolor paintings add even more flavor and appeal to the well-crafted text. Especially noteworthy is the composition of each illustration and his use of perspective and bold color highlights to define the focal points. This perfect melding of words and pictures is a shining example of the finest in picture book production. --Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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had only 1 copy, so I am buying more here! We call it one of our "grandfather stories,"
because 2 grandchildren sit spellbound listening to their grandfather tell at tale of his childhood. My K-4th graders sit spellbound too, even though they of course know what is going to happen! When the pumpkin bounces down the 24 steps...everyone is ready with the SPLAT!! New listeners are thrilled, old listeners rate this as an October story we cannot listen without!....I want this one back in print for children of this new century!!