Pumpkin Town

Pumpkin town: or nothing is better and worse than pumpkins by Katie McKy, illustrated by Pablo Bernasconi.

Jose and his family grew pumpkins of all sizes.  They would take the pumpkins to market to sell, but the best pumpkins would be saved for seeds.  Then the worst of the seeds were dumped over the hill and forgotten about.  But the seeds landed on the town at the bottom of the hill, falling into straw roofs, gardens and flower pots.  And then they did what seeds tend to do, they grew.  The townfolks have no idea what to do about all of the pumpkins that they find themselves surrounded by, but when Jack looks down at the very orange town from the top of the hill, he knows just what to do. 

This is a perfect fall tale that will have children anticipating the amusement to come as the seeds fall down on the town.  The illustrations are modern collages of clipped images, fabrics, and wild hair that lend even more excitement to the story. The twist at the end is marvelous fun, and will have children asking for teachers, librarians or parents to read it all over again.  Exactly what we all want in a picture book.

This book will be welcomed in schools where a pure autumnal harvest tale is more acceptable than Halloween stories.  It may be a little long for preschoolers, but older children in Kindergarten and first grade will appreciate the humor and illustrations more anyway.