Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

This is Not a Pumpkin

This is Not a Pumpkin

Bob Staake
Board Book
For ages 3 to 6
Simon and Schuster, 2007   ISBN: 978-1416933533

It is true that it round, it is big, and it has a stem at its top. However "it is NOT a pumpkin" no matter what you may think. It is orange, and in every respect it does indeed look like a pumpkin, but it still is not a pumpkin. And why is it not a pumpkin? The answer to this very important question is quite simple. It is not a pumpkin because it has a face. It has a smile. Or a frown. Pumpkins do not have either of these things. 

In this wonderfully simple board book preschool children will be kept guessing right to end as to what is going on. When is a pumpkin not a pumpkin, they will ask themselves. With illustrations created in a very thought provoking surreal style, and with a clever ending that keeps the reader guessing right to the last minute, this is a board book which promises to have a lasting impression on readers of all ages.