“SEVEN ORANGE PUMPKINS,” by Stephen Savage, Dial Books, Aug. 18, 2015, Boardbook $6.99 (ages 0-3)
Halloween is not my favorite holiday — something about kids begging for candy doesn’t exactly get me excited — so I was happy to find “Seven Orange Pumpkins,” by Stephen Savage, has little to do with the candy aspect and more with the symbols associated with Halloween.
“Seven Orange Pumpkins” — which has been adapted from Savage’s “Ten Orange Pumpkins” for younger readers, is a rhyming countdown featuring a sneaky spider, wily witch, silly scarecrow and other spooky creatures. Each of the creatures plays a part in making the pumpkins disappear.
Savage’s illustrations are bright and simple. He utilizes silhouettes to create drama and bolster imagination. My daughter particularly enjoyed the addition of a black cat on each page. At 20 months, she loves looking for, and finding, repetitive items throughout books. Though this is specifically a Halloween book, I plan to keep it in our normal rotation as the counting elements are something we enjoy no matter the season.
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