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Pumpkin Shivaree Hardcover – September, 2003
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2-The art stars in this seasonal mood piece, while the overweening poetics of the narrative meander like a pumpkin vine. "I started as a little silver seed," begins the oft-told life-cycle story, and, as is expected, it is a silver seed that survives the frenzy of Halloween and its aftermath, promising another season of pumpkins to come. Anderson's palette of brilliant greens, glowing oranges, purples, and blues seems borrowed from Matisse for the occasion, and her cut-paper art is similarly inspired, appropriately autumnal and rustic. The pictures are eloquent on their own. The text includes upsets such as the hapless pumpkin's persecution by fauna and weather, and its disturbingly gruesome evisceration, described in the victim's voice: "she thumps my belly like a baby drum.-opens her jack-o'-lantern knife. pulling my slippy slurpy insides out. Warm hands." Fresh copies of such storytime standards as Jeanne Titherington's Pumpkin, Pumpkin (Greenwillow, 1986), George Levenson's Pumpkin Circle (Tricycle, 1999), or Will Hubbell's Pumpkin Jack (Albert Whitman, 2000) may be preferred.
Kathy Krasniewicz, Perrot Library, Old Greenwich, CT
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About the Author
Rick Agran lives on the edge of the White Mountains in New Hampshire. He has taught writing courses for artists all over New England. Garrison Keillor first read the poem "Shivaree" from Rick Agran's Crow Milk poetry collection on Public Radio Internationa
Sara Anderson is a versatile designer and children's illustrator. Alongside her work on children's books, she has also designed fabric, ceramics, and furniture for clients as diverse as MoMA and Crate and Barrel from her studio in Seattle. Her previous boo
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