Monday, November 12, 2012

The Ugly Pumpkin

Finding the perfect Thanksgiving picture book can be harder than tracking down cranberry sauce without high fructose corn syrup or a reasonably sized turkey for a family of two. Described as the "middle child of all holidays" by the author, Thanksgiving lacks the spooky mystery of books dedicated to its predecessor Halloween and the sheer abundance of books about the grand finale of the holiday season, Christmas (is there a children's author who doesn't have a Christmas book out there?) Thankfully, Dave Horowitz has penned the perfect tale to satisfy all your picture book needs.

The Ugly Pumpkin tells the story of an unusually-shaped gourd who is shunned throughout the Halloween season for his misshapen appearance. He is rejected time and again by children, skeletons, and even apple trees. Fortunately, the tale ends happily when the Ugly Pumpkin embraces who he really is.
The illustrations (also by Horowitz) are colorful and really bring the Ugly Pumpkin's journey to life. The text is short, to the point, and sure to hold your child's attention.

If you're looking for another great Thanksgiving tale, check out Dav Pilkey's Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving or Diane De Groat's We Gather Together-Now Please Get Lost. These titles are all available from VBPL.

1 comment:

Becky said...

I took this book home for my grandson last week (he's 3) and he loved it.