Pumpkin Trouble

PreS-K—Duck happens upon a pumpkin and decides to turn it into a jack-o'-lantern to surprise Pig and Mouse. He falls into the pumpkin, gets it stuck on his head, and goes in search of his friends to help him extricate himself. When he finds them, they think he is a pumpkin monster and run away. Duck crashes into the barn, smashing the pumpkin and leading his pals to believe that he has vanquished the monster. Duck makes a second jack-o'-lantern to celebrate and again ends up trapped inside. The plot is thin and the writing pedestrian. The computer-generated illustrations are flat and uninteresting. With so many wonderful stories featuring pumpkins, this one is a marginal purchase.—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
"This will be GREAT!" exclaims Duck when he finds a pumpkin. He excitedly begins carving a jack-o'-lantern but lands himself in trouble when he falls headfirst into the hollowed-out gourd. Pig and Mouse assume that their pumpkin-covered friend stumbling about is a "Pumpkin Monster," and utter panic ensues. Thomas's expressive, boldly colored illustrations will delight preschoolers--as will the clever ending.

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