Martha E.H. Rustad, illustrations by Amanda Enright
Millbrook Press/juvenile non-fiction
Release Date: September 1, 2011
This is an adorable book.
The story is exactly what you would expect from a non-fiction picture book about growing pumpkins- seeds, soil, water, sun, pumpkins. Sprinkled with pumpkin facts (Did you know certain varieties can grow by as much as 25 pounds per day?), it is well done, but there is nothing to blow your socks off.
What makes this book exceptional is the artwork. Amanda Enright has perfectly bridged that gap between illustration and art. The colors and textures make you want to climb right into the happy world she has created.
My verdict: Read it! The charming illustrations pair perfectly with the easy reader text. This is the perfect book to read before taking the little ones out to visit a pumpkin patch. It also includes recipes for your post-patch enjoyment.