Pumpkin Cat

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Pumpkin Cat

Anne Mortimer, Author and illustrator!

Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2011

In this book a black cat (like me!) wonders how pumpkins grow. A little brown mouse shows him how. The plant the seed in a pot, then later, they plant them outside. As the weather warms and the plants grow the cat and mouse watch as the bees pollinate pumpkins, build a scarecrow to keep the crows away until, finally it is time for harvest. The big beautiful orange pumpkin is chosen and mouse has one more surprise for cat: he carves it into a jack-o-lantern (with a cat face, of course!) and wishes everyone a Happy Halloween.

The illustrations are wonderful; another Anne Mortimer beauty. The text is easy for early readers and the story is entertaining as well as educational. Be warned: if you read this book in spring, you’ll find yourself wanting to plant pumpkins!

I first posted this review in January, 2015, but I’m going to be posting a number of Halloween books this month so I thought I’d start out with this one. 

Rating: 4 paws

0621aReviewer:  Simon, A True Halloween Cat

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The Imaginary Garden

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The Imaginary Garden

Andrew Larsen
Illustrations by Irene Luxbacher
Kids Can Press, 2009

imaginary aA little girl named Theo loved to visit her grandfather, Poppa, in his old house and sit in his old garden and talk about flowers. But when Poppa moves to an apartment, Theo is sad that they no longer have a garden to share. Poppa comes up with an idea to make an imaginary garden. So, together they paint the beginnings of a garden on a giant canvas Poppa sets up on the balcony. imaginary bThey have fun painting in the grass, soil and even a robin. imaginary cBut when it comes time to make the garden ‘bloom’, its’ also time for Poppa to go on holiday and Theo worries about what will happen to their garden.imaginary d He tells her she will know what to do and she does figure it out on her own.

This is a charming story about using your imagination to create something you want but are unable to have; it celebrates the joy of art and the fun of creating something with someone you love. The illustrations are simple pen and ink drawings colored in with air brushing, watercolors, paper and fabric.

Rating 3 out of 5 paws

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Other books by the author:

Bella and the Bunny

See You Next Year Cover

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The Luck of Jude  Bye Bye Butterflies