Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 4 to 7
- Grade: p to 2
This simple story by author Stephen Wunderli and illustrator Tim Zeltner is more than a fun Halloween read—Little Boo is a heartwarming tale perfect for any child who can't wait to grow up.
The leaves fall, the wind blows, and one little pumpkin seed tries and tries to be scary. But he doesn't scare anyone . . . not the snowflakes in winter, not the bees in spring, not even the watering can!
The wind tells him to be patient—he'll be scary soon enough. But waiting is hard. Will the little seed ever be really, truly scary?
About the authors
Stephen Wunderli and his wife, Jennifer, live in Holladay, Utah, with their six kids, six grandkids, pumpkins, and covey of backyard quail. Stephen is widely traveled and has worked in nonprofit communications and organizational training as part of his ongoing belief in helping others.
Tim Zeltner's award-winning artwork is largely inspired by the landscape of the Delaware Valley, where he grew up. His illustrations feature a unique combination of layered paint, glazes, and stains on wood. His favorite holiday is Halloween, and he lives in Toronto with his wife, Jackie, and dog, Jessie.
Little Boo :
"Wunderli's new take on the life cycle of a seed works well as a metaphor for a young child's desire to grow . . . Remember to share this at harvest and Halloween time for a fresh and wonderfully tame autumn tale." - Kirkus Reviews "Wunderli's tender story offers a lyrical take on the holiday, entwined with an impatience to grow up that many young readers will easily identify with." - Publishers Weekly