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Pumpkin Eye Hardcover – September 1, 2001
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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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This book would be perfect to get young children in the mood to do Halloween art activities. Students could make their own Halloween masks. Paper plates, crayons and markers, scissors, construction paper, and elastic bands are some materials that could be used in the construction of these masks. The children could also make their own trick-or-treat bags to go along with their masks. Grocery or shopping bags could be used. Students could make handles for their bags using ribbons. These activities could give students a chance to express their creativity.
I liked this book a lot. Fleming does a great job creating a festive mood! I could easily imagine walking through the streets on Halloween and seeing all the mysterious sights. The text in the book seems to jump off the page. For example, the pictures are dark and the text is big and white. The vivid descriptions are excellent and the illustrations represent the Halloween theme well. This book would be great for a holiday theme read aloud.
Vibrant and eye catching illustrations and a fun rhyme to read.
Written and illustrated by Denise Fleming, published by Henry Holt & Company.
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