Thursday, September 20, 2012

Boo! It's Pumpkin Day, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff


What is jollier than a big, orange, grinning jack-o'-lantern pumpkins? How about seven pumpkinheads, each with a different face?

Mouse loves to do art projects, and with newspapers spread all around to collect the spills, he tries out a happy-face pumpkin head with a wide grin.

Mouse likes that one. But he's got a yen for experimentation.

How's about a sad face on the next pumpkin? Yeah!

The next tall, narrow pumpkin is just right for a surprised look! Mouse is pleased with his plan.

But when Mouse turns to do the rest of his seven, one is missing? Where can it be?

Could Dog have swiped Mouse's next pumpkin?



Dog's creation is a rather scary pumpkin, and it gives Mouse a bit of a fright, but with two big orange globes still waiting to be decorated, it looks like Dog and Mouse need to, er, cut a deal on the final two jack-o'-lanterns.

In their latest, It's Pumpkin Day, Mouse! (If You Give...) (Balzer & Bray, 2012), author Laura Numeroff and artist Felicia Bond once more combine their talents in this jolly new board book for the youngest among us, just in time for the upcoming scary season. As in their earlier board books for tots, such as Happy Birthday, Mouse! (If You Give...), we have Numeroff's jaunty text and Bond's infectiously enthusiastic Mouse in a pumpkin patch episode to please the preschool crowd.

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