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Children's Fiction Halloween

Pumpkin Orange, Pumpkin Round

by (author) Rosanna Battigelli

illustrated by Tara Anderson

Pajama Press Inc.
Initial publish date
Sep 2020
Halloween, Stories in Verse, Humorous Stories
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2019
    List Price
  • Board book

    Publish Date
    Sep 2020
    List Price

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  • Age: 1 to 3
  • Grade: p



A cozy board book edition of the feline Halloween hit featuring foil and glitter embellishments

Pumpkin orange, pumpkin round
Pumpkin hiding, pumpkin found!

What could be better than an autumn trip to the pumpkin patch with a cast of cat characters ready to celebrate Halloween? In bouncy rhyme, the folksy felines choose their pumpkins, wheel them home, and work together through all the steps of carving a jack-o-lantern. With the lanterns' spooky and cheerful faces shining bright, now is the time to dress up and head out for trick-or-treating.

Tara Anderson, the award-winning illustrator of Nat the Cat Can Sleep Like That, depicts cozy and charming fall scenes in Pumpkin Orange, Pumpkin Round. Infectious rhymes by debut children's author Rosanna Battigelli make this a favorite in any season.


About the authors

At three years of age, Rosanna Micelotta Battigelli immigrated from Calabria, Italy, to Sudbury, Ontario, Canada with her family. During her teaching career, she received four OECTA (Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association) Best Practice Awards for her unique strategies in early literacy and other initiatives. An alumna of the Humber School for Writers, her writing has been published in nineteen anthologies. Her novel, La Brigantessa, published in 2018, won a Gold Medal for Historical Fiction in the 2019 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Book Awards. La Brigantessa was also finalist for the 2019 Canadian Authors Association Fred Kerner Book Award and the 2019 Northern Lit Award. Her children's book, Pumpkin Orange, Pumpkin Round, was published in the fall of 2019, and she has published two novels with Harlequin UK (2018, 2020). She lives in Sudbury.

Rosanna Battigelli's profile page

A folk artist and award-winning illustrator who trained at the Ontario College of Art and Design, Tara Anderson is known for her lively and humorous animal illustrations. Her most recent work includes spot illustrations of a quirky little hamster in Sapphire the Great and the Meaning of Life, and beautiful coloured-pencil illustrations of a boisterous family of rhinos in Rhino Rumpus. Her debut That Stripy Cat was followed with Nat the Cat Can Sleep Like That, which won the 2014 Preschool Reads Award and was nominated for the 2015 SYRCA Shining Willow Award. The antics of Nat and his kitten friend are inspired by the cats who roam her farmhouse in Tweed, Ontario, where she lives with her husband and daughter.

Tara Anderson's profile page


  • Short-listed, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens Selection
  • Short-listed, Bank Street Best Book selection
  • Short-listed, School Library Journal "Zombies and Skeletons and Vampires, Oh My! | 10 Picks for Elementary Readers" roundup

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Pumpkin Orange, Pumpkin Round

2020 Bank Street Best Book selection

2019 School Library Journal "Zombies and Skeletons and Vampires, Oh My! | 10 Picks for Elementary Readers" roundup selection

2021 CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens Selection

"The rear endpapers give directions for carving a jack-o'-lantern, adults doing all the cutting after kids have drawn the facial features. Cozy, repetitious autumn fun for toddlers and younger preschoolers."—Kirkus Reviews

"Cats enjoy all the glories of a human Halloween in this peek at popular October traditions....Battigelli's text—a series of rhyming, two-word phrases each beginning with 'pumpkin'—...possesses a jaunty rhythm and a fun-to-pronounce quality."—Publishers Weekly

"[T]he repetition and simplicity of the text make this an appealing choice for group-sharing during storytime. The art, created with colored pencil and acrylic glaze on watercolor paper, is warm and fuzzy, providing a safe, not-so-scary depiction of Halloween that is appropriate for young listeners....A safe bet for libraries looking for autumnal and Halloween-themed picture books for the youngest patrons.”—School Library Journal

“Rating E...The simplicity of the text is brought to life by the perfect pairing of Tara Anderson’s warm, cosy and childlike illustration style....Whimsical and energetic, the furry friends pop off the pages reeling in the reader to join in the fun! Easy to read yet lively, Battigelli's Pumpkin Orange, Pumpkin Round guides us around the clock from daytime to evening transforming an orange pumpkin to something aglow! Don’t forget the ‘How to Carve a Jack-o-Lantern’ how-to guide in the back inside cover!”—Resource Links

“The collaborative work of author Rosanna Battigelli and illustrator Tara Anderson, Pumpkin Orange, Pumpkin Round will prove to be a unique and appreciated addition to the Halloween reading lists of children ages 3-6.”—Midwest Book Review

"A fun, simple, festive book that families will love. Highly Recommended."—CM Magazine

“Rating: 5...This is a sweet rhyming story about all the festivities that lead up Halloween night....This book is perfect for ages three to five.”—Youth Services Book Review

“Catchy rhyming verses...[and] vibrant illustrations....Early readers and preschoolers will enjoy this one as they get ready for trick-or-treating.”—Winnipeg Free Press

“Follow the cutest cast of kitty's in this simple rhyming book as they visit a pumpkin patch, carve & decorate their pumpkins, head out for a night of trick-or-treating, and end the night with snuggles and a good book. Sounds like the perfect Halloween to me!”—Little Book Worm Club

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