Pumpkin Orange, Pumpkin Round Reviews

Kirkus Reviews

Cover: Pumpkin Orange, Pumpkin Round Author: Rosanna Battigelli Illustrator: Tara Anderson Publisher: Pajama Press“Rhyming verses follow a group of cats for some pumpkin picking and carving fun before trick-or-treating….The ending is especially satisfying, one larger cat giving a smaller one a hug while three others curl up with the largest gray cat on a sofa with a book: ‘Pumpkin tired, / pumpkin fed, / pumpkin story, / pumpkin bed.’…The artwork, done with colored pencil and acrylic glaze, is both childlike and nicely textured, the six cats easily differentiated, especially the elder dark gray parental figure who wears half-moon specs….Cozy, repetitious autumn fun for toddlers and younger preschoolers.”

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Publishers Weekly

“Cats enjoy all the glories of a human Halloween in this peek at popular October traditions. In Anderson’s colored pencil and acrylic glaze illustrations, a family of smiling, scarf-wearing felines heads to a pumpkin patch…Battigelli’s text—a series of rhyming, two-word phrases each beginning with ‘pumpkin’—…possesses a jaunty rhythm and a fun-to-pronounce quality. Ages 3–6.”

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School Library Journal

“[T]he repetition and simplicity of the text make this an appealing choice for group-sharing during storytime. The art, created with colored pencil and acrylic glaze on watercolor paper, is warm and fuzzy, providing a safe, not-so-scary depiction of Halloween that is appropriate for young listeners. The book concludes with instructions on how children can carve their own jack-o’-lanterns, emphasizing the need for an adult helper. VERDICT A safe bet for libraries looking for autumnal and Halloween-themed picture books for the youngest patrons.”
—Laura J. Giunta, Garden City Public Library, NY

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Resource Links

“Rating: E…The simplicity of the text is brought to life by the perfect pairing of Tara Anderson’s warm, cosy and childlike illustration style. Rendered in a luscious and juicy palette of bright oranges and emerald greens along with warm autumnal hues and the deep, dark Halloween blacks and purples. Whimsical and energetic, the furry friends pop off the pages reeling in the reader to join in the fun!

Easy to read yet lively, Battigelli’s Pumpkin Orange, Pumpkin Round guides us around the clock from daytime to evening transforming an orange pumpkin to something aglow! Don’t forget the ‘How to Carve a Jack-o-Lantern’ how-to guide in the back inside cover!”
—Lara Chauvin

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CM Magazine

“The rhyming scheme is bouncy and fun…Tara Anderson’s charming, bright illustrations are created with coloured pencil and acrylic glaze on watercolour paper and have a nostalgic feeling to them….A fun, simple, festive book that families will love. Highly Recommended.”
—Andrea Zorzi is a children’s librarian at Toronto Public Library in Toronto, Ontario.

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Midwest Book Review

“What could be better than an autumn trip to the pumpkin patch with a cast of cat characters ready to celebrate Halloween? In bouncy rhyme, the folksy felines choose their pumpkins, wheel them home, and work together through all the steps of carving a jack-o-lantern. With the lanterns’ spooky and cheerful faces shining bright, now is the time to dress up and head out for trick-or-treating. The collaborative work of author Rosanna Battigelli and illustrator Tara Anderson, Pumpkin Orange, Pumpkin Round will prove to be a unique and appreciated addition to the Halloween reading lists of children ages 3-6 — as well as an enduringly popular inclusion into family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections.”

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Youth Services Book Review

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5…

What did you like about the book? This is a sweet rhyming story about all the festivities that lead up Halloween night. This story features a family of cats and their brave little mouse friend….

To whom would you recommend this book? This book is perfect for ages three to five….The rhyming text is very soothing and the images are not scary so it is a perfect Halloween book for young children. Even during one scene where a scary creature appears, you can clearly see that it is a cat wearing a scary mask–younger children will not be scared by this Halloween book.”
—Kristin Guay, former youth services librarian

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Winnipeg Free Press

“Battigelli has written a series of catchy rhyming verses celebrating this beloved autumn icon….and with Anderson’s vibrant illustrations, they take the pumpkin all the way from the farmer’s field to the Halloween doorstep. Early readers and preschoolers will enjoy this one as they get ready for trick-or-treating.”

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