Seven Orange Pumpkins

illus. by Stephen Savage. 28p. Dial. 2015. Board $6.99. ISBN 9780803741386.
PreS—If your little one is anticipating the days to the Halloween holiday, then count it down with this tale. A classic rhyming Halloween story filled with scarecrows, black cats, skeletons, mummies, and witches. Each page brings with it a new ghoul, but the bright orange pumpkins that count down the days to the celebration remains consistent. This is a very dark-hued concept book, set against a moonlit backdrop and filled with earthy, black, and gray tones. On each page, there is an oversize dark illustration. The pumpkins transition on each page in a new and exciting way until the final reveal; the jack-o'-lantern is ready for Halloween. Savage has created a "spooktacular" Halloween story for both the faint at heart and the hearty child.
VERDICT Count on this witty, appealing tale to be a hit.

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