Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Pick a Pumpkin; Patricia Toht (Candlewick Press)

AUTHOR:  Patricia Toht
PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press
PUB. YEAR: 2019
FORMAT:  print
RATING - 5/5

Last year I fell in love with Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht which turned out to be the perfect book to prepare for all that is Christmas. It's a book that that still remains a favorite for my youngest granddaughter.  This year, Toht, has a new gem, Pick a Pumpkin. a beautiful book about family and a story that gets us into the mood for fall festivities. This one is another winner.

In this fall delight a young family gets ready for fall by a trip to the pumpkin patch to pick the perfect pumpkin to take home and carve into a Jack-0-Lantern for Halloween. The story is told in fun rhymes  
and is beautifully illustrated by: Jarvis. The fall colors are vibrant and fun; some illustrations have an old-fashioned feel while others seem very modern and the whole carving of the Jack-o-lantern process is both fun and quirky. This is one of those lovely books that I consider keepers: a relatable story of family and creating memories together.

Pick a Pine Tree; Patricia Toht
Candlewick Press - 2017


A festive read-aloud brimming with all the joy and excitement of Christmastime — beginning, of course, with picking out a tree!

Part of the magic of the Christmas season stems from the traditions that families and friends take part in every year: hanging up stockings; putting lights in the windows; and, one of the most important of all, picking out and taking home the Christmas tree. With style and warmth, debut author Patricia Toht and Jarvis, the author-illustrator of Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth, evoke all the rituals of decorating the tree — digging out boxes jam-packed with ornaments and tree trimmings, stringing tinsel, and, at long last, turning on those twinkling lights. Joyously drawn and rhythmically written, this celebration of family, friends, and the holiday season is as merry as the tradition it depicts.


  1. Thanks for sharing these two books, I put them on hold at my library.

  2. Children's books are so wonderful these days with illustrations that really capture the feelings of the story.

  3. Both of these books seem wonderful. Love the book covers!
    Diane, I've been away from blogging because my son just got married, but am back now.

  4. I always try and read spooky for October and festive for December, will give these a wee check out xxx

    Lainy http://www.alwaysreading.net


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