Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman,
illustrated by S.D. Schindler

Halloween is just over a week away, so I wanted to share one of my favorite kids Halloween books. Our copy has been read so many times that the pages are falling out.

A witch grows a pumpkin, but when she’s ready to bake a pumpkin pie, the pumpkin is too big and she simply can’t get it off the vine. Along come some of the neighborhood monsters each willing to help.

Just then, along came a vampire. “Big pumpkin,” said the vampire.

“It’s big and it’s mine, but it’s stuck on the vine, and Halloween’s just hours away,” said the witch. And she kicked that pumpkin.

“I am bigger than both of you and stronger too,” boasted the vampire, “Let me try.”

“Hmph!” said the witch.

“Hmph!” said the ghost.

But they thought about pumpkin pie and stepped aside.

The rhythmic, repetitive text is perfect and I love the monsters. There’s the must have Halloween visitors, the witch herself, a ghost, a vampire, a mummy and a bat, but the story focuses on how they all end up working together. And then they all get to share the pie. A definite Halloween treat.

Our copy was purchased and the above is my honest opinion. I am an Amazon associate.