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Pick a Pumpkin - Patricia Toht

Pick a Pumpkin

By: Patricia Toht, Jarvis (Illustrator)

Paperback | 7 October 2020

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Pick a pumpkin from the patch – tall and lean or short and fat. Vivid orange, ghostly white, or speckled green, might be just right...

Illustrated by the winner of the V&A Best Illustrated Book 2017 It’s Halloween! Which means it's time to dangle cobwebs and bats from the windows, put on costumes, and – most important of all – visit the pumpkin patch and pick out that perfect pumpkin! Then cart it home, scoop out the insides, carve a scary face, and finally light a candle inside, transforming it into a one-of-a-kind, glowing jack-o’-lantern. With warm, autumnal art, and a rhythmic read-aloud text that captures all the excitement and familial feeling of Halloween, this is the perfect book to share by flickering candlelight on the spookiest night of the year.

About the Author

Patricia Toht once owned a children's bookshop called Never Never Land, before turning a love of books into a love of writing. She is the author of Pick a Pine Tree, illustrated by Jarvis, All Aboard the London Bus, illustrated by Sam Usher, and has contributed fiction, non-fiction and poetry to numerous children’s magazines. She lives in Chicago, USA.

About the Illustrator

Jarvis studied graphic design and previously worked as a record sleeve designer, website designer and an animation director before becoming a children’s book maker. His books with Walker include Pick a Pine Tree, Tropical Terry, Mrs Mole, I’m Home! and Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth, which won the 2017 V&A Best Illustrated Book. Jarvis lives in Manchester with his wife and their dog and cat.
Industry Reviews
"[...] perfectly captures that sense of misty autumnal days [...] Warm autumnal colours and a rhythmic rhyming text capture the fun and excitement of Halloween."
* The Bookseller, Children's Previews *

Sumptuous production from Walker Books, this feels like a real treat of a book - as sweet as a toffee apple and as warm as hot chocolate. It's one to share on a crisp October night and to treasure, year after year.
* BookTrust *

Jarvis' illustration is absolutely remarkable, and its soft retro-styled beauty makes this book really stand out - especially the Christmas tree spread at the end.
* BookTrust *

Featured in The Bookseller's September Previews.
-- Fiona Noble * The Bookseller *

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