Count down to Halloween with ‘Seven Orange Pumpkins’


Seven Orange Pumpkins“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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Jessica Harrison is the main reviewer behind Cracking the Cover. Prior to creating Cracking the Cover, Jessica worked as the in-house book critic for the Deseret News, a daily newspaper in Salt Lake City. Jessica also worked as a copy editor and general features writer for the paper. Following that, Jessica spent two years with an international company as a social media specialist. She is currently a freelance writer/editor. She is passionate about reading and giving people the tools to make informed decisions in their own book choices.

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