Reviews for Into the Pumpkin

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring
This overlong, singsongy rhyme invites readers to join eerie creatures at a Halloween party. "A peek through the pumpkin; / it's Halloween night. / So hop on my broom, / And let's take a flight." The mysterious illustrations lend atmosphere, but the impression that viewers are peering through the stringy white interior of a glowing orange pumpkin becomes annoying.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2012 July #5

A playful and at times eloquent rhyming poem invites readers to take a journey on a witch's broom and "through a pumpkin," where archetypal characters such as ghosts, a pumpkin head, and scarecrow are gathering: "Where shall the party/ take place for the night?/ In a spooky old castle/ with ghosts all in sight." Using creamy oranges and ethereal whites and grays, the images are often impressionistic and sometimes frightening: wraithlike ghosts crowd the entrance to a cemetery; elsewhere, two eerie figures stand in a field next to a scarecrow. Franklin balances creepiness and fun in her atmospheric autumnal illustrations. Ages 4-8. (July)

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