Age: Picture Book (3 years and up)
Genre: Fiction, Halloween
The whirl of the witch,
With whimsical flight,
Is mailing out invites
Of spooky delights.
Linda Franklin’s picture book, “Into the Pumpkin,” invites the reader to a Halloween he or she has never seen before. The reader will see ghosts, witches, jack-o-lanterns, black cats, and other typical Halloween characters as they gather together for a party. The author uses rhyme to describe each ghoul and ghost and provides spooky illustrations. The pictures may, in fact, be too spooky for some young readers. I can imagine a very different book, one that would be less scary for younger readers, if it had more cartoonish illustrations. I’m not sure why the author chose to use the style of artwork that she did as it is quite creepy, with bony, reaching fingers and a mist hanging over most of the pictures. However, the book reads well and children may enjoy the rhyming style.
Franklin, Linda. Into the Pumpkin. Atlgen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2012.