Monday, June 28, 2021

"The Happy Pumpkin" by DK



The Happy Pumpkin

by DK

Illustrated by Mackenzie Haley


* Ages:  0-3 years

* Board book:  16 pages

Publisher:  DK Children

 * Pub. Date:  August 2, 2021

* Language:  English

Unwrapping Some Illustrations for You

The Book

I love this book.  An adorable smiley pumpkin with glasses resides in a pumpkin patch awaiting the onset of kids that will arrive and scoop up and scoop out the scariest pumpkin ever.  The pumpkins have been waiting all year for this epic event to take place.  Hallowe'en is just around the corner and everyone is very excited.

The crowd swarms in and rushes to pick the scariest pumpkin in the patch to take home with them.  All are snatched up quickly except for two... a semi-scary guy... and our loveable sweet pumpkin that everyone is passing over and ignoring.  He begins to feel left out and sad.  After all who wants a happy beaming pumpkin to shine in their window on the scariest night of the year!  Oh my!  Will this little pumpkin finally get picked and taken to a loving home too? 

"The Happy Pumpkin" is a perfect read aloud allowing lots of room for discussion on being proud and valued for exactly who you are.  The moral of the story is summed up perfectly on the last page:  "We always shine our brightest when we are just who we are."  

The illustrations are wonderful.  I love the autumn colour pallet, the expressions of the pumpkins, the fine details exhibited, and the diversity of the people coming to choose their pumpkin.  The scary pumpkins are not portrayed as evil scary but are fun to look at.  The book teaches a valuable life lesson of being true to yourself and celebrating your uniqueness.  I highly recommend this book.  

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!


Meet the Author

Dorling Kindersley (DK) is a British multinational publishing company specializing in illustrated reference books for adults and children in 62 languages. It is part of Penguin Random House, a consumer publishing company jointly owned by Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA and Pearson PLC. Bertelsmann owns 53% of the company and Pearson owns 47%.

Established in 1974, DK publishes a range of titles in genres including travel (including Eyewitness Travel Guides), arts and crafts, business, history, cooking, gaming, gardening, health and fitness, natural history, parenting, science and reference. They also publish books for children, toddlers and babies, covering such topics as history, the human body, animals and activities, as well as licensed properties such as LEGO, Disney and DeLiSo, licensor of the toy Sophie la Girafe. DK has offices in New York, London, Munich, New Delhi, Toronto and Melbourne.

About the Illustrator

MacKenzie Haley is an illustrator, who currently resides in Louisville, KY. She loves including small, interesting details in her work, and uses bold colors, patterns, and textures. She has illustrated for several publishers but this is her first book for DK.

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