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How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow? Paperback – August 2, 2016
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K-Gr 2-Starting in a patch filled with large but ordinary pumpkins, this book quickly takes a turn for the fantastical as Minor imaginatively answers the title question. With each page, the pumpkins grow bigger, becoming gigantic jack-o'-lanterns. Ranging from comically spooky to downright scary, they loom over American landmarks. Some of the places are instantly recognizable, such as the Mt. Rushmore National Memorial or the U.S. Capitol, others less so, like a Yosemite Park waterfall. An appended list of these monuments and attractions gives their states and a brief informative blurb about each one and underscores the connection between an otherwise random-seeming mix of destinations: they are all remarkable in some way because of their size. The autumnal orange of the pumpkins stands out among the more subdued greens and blues of Minor's gouache and watercolor illustrations, their full-page dimensions well suited for sharing this book with a group. On each spread, a different synonym for "big," such as "mighty" or "immense," appears in large colorful caps, while the rest of the spare text is in set in a large black font. Blending Halloween and harvest themes, this book could find its place in libraries that are seeking to augment their autumn collections.-Yelena Alekseyeva-Popova, formerly at Chappaqua Library, NYα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
After introducing giant pumpkins and giant pumpkin festivals, Minor asks, “What can you do with an ENORMOUS pumpkin?” He offers a number of memorable answers (some factual, others fanciful) based on real sites in America and amplified by his wonderfully visual imagination. Children paddle across a lake in boats carved from pumpkins. Beside the huge statues of Paul Bunyan and his ox, an oversize pumpkin looks almost normal. Gradually, though, the pumpkins grow larger and their situations more bizarre. One blocks traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge, while a jack-o’lantern outshines the presidents on Mount Rushmore. The final orange goliath towers over the Grand Canyon. Kids will enjoy the increasing absurdity as much as the challenge of guessing the locations pictured. A concluding two-page spread names the 14 sites depicted and gives a little information about each one. Minor’s watercolor-and-gouache paintings are well composed, richly colored, and (best of all) just plain fun. With a text that asks leading questions, this picture book makes a fine, imaginative read-aloud choice for classrooms in the fall. Preschool-Grade 3. --Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Author/illustrators are so amazing! I don't know if an author could have sold this book on their own, but Mr. Wendell Minor did a great job making kind of a bizarre idea work really well. My kids all loved the pictures, especially the ones of the New Mexico balloon fiesta and the Grand Canyon, because they've been to those places and thought it was so silly to imagine having giant pumpkins there. My favorite part was, in a boring grown-up way, the end pages, where all the actual tourist sites and events are briefly described. I was especially overjoyed to discover that there is a real live place in Vermont where they carve out gigantic pumpkins, use them as boats, and race them. My husband immediately looked it up and found a video of it on You Tube and we all watched it together and had a great family time. I now have a new item on my bucket list- anyone want to help me grow a 2,000 pound pumpkin?
Gets your creativity flowing as you think about what a giant pumpkin could become if it was the biggest one.
Written and illustrated by Wendell Minor. A Nancy Paulsen Book.
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