Pick a Pumpkin

Pick A Pumpkin


Pick a pumpkin from the patch-

tall and lean or short and fat.

This lovely book follows a family as they prepare for Halloween. It captures the fun of choosing exactly the right pumpkin before working with friends to create the perfect lantern. Having decorated, they leave the pumpkin to guard their home whilst they have fun trick or treating. Written by Patricia Toht, author of All Aboard The London Bus (review here) shortlisted for our 2017 Poetry Category, it is a real joy!


Perfect for Halloween which will be here all too soon, ‘Pick a Pumpkin’ is wonderful for reading aloud as the rhyming text delights in each activity as the family prepares. The vocabulary is rich, adding to the pleasure of reading out loud. There is nothing scary here, just the excitement of the occasion. Although people in the UK have only more recently used pumpkins for Halloween lanterns, turnips were traditionally used and this could be discussed along with other traditions.


The illustrations are glorious , full of autumnal shades and scenes of family fun. There are lots of details to enjoy and the wonderful glowing pumpkin towards the end of the book could inspire children to create their own illustrations.

‘Pick a Pumpkin’ is simply bewitching!

Pick a Pumpkin Patricia Toht, illustrated by Jarvis

Walker Books ISBN: 978-1406360615

Published 5th September 2019