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Children's Fiction Halloween

Stumpkin

illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins

Publisher
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Initial publish date
Jul 2018
Category
Halloween, Humorous Stories, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781534413627
    Publish Date
    Jul 2018
    List Price
    $23.99
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781534413634
    Publish Date
    Jul 2018
    List Price
    $10.99 USD

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
  • Reading age: 4 to 8

Description

From the critically acclaimed author and illustrator of A Hungry Lion comes a unique Halloween story about a stemless pumpkin who dreams of becoming a jack-o-lantern.

Stumpkin is the most handsome pumpkin on the block. He’s as orange as a traffic cone! Twice as round as a basketball! He has no bad side! He’s perfect choice for a Halloween jack-o-lantern.
There’s just one problem—Stumpkin has a stump, not a stem. And no one seems to want a stemless jack-o-lantern for their window.
As Halloween night approaches, more and more of his fellow pumpkins leave, but poor Stumpkin remains. Will anyone give Stumpkin his chance to shine?

About the author

Lucy Ruth Cummins is an author, an illustrator, and art director of children’s books. She has been happily paired with Jean Reidy for Truman, which was named a New York Times Best Children’s Book of 2019, and Sylvie. She also is the author-illustrator of A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of AnimalsStumpkin; and Vampenguin. When she was little, she had a pet spider in the shed where her dad kept the lawnmower. Every day little Lucy caught flies and placed them in her spider’s web at mealtimes. Lucy was born in Montreal, raised in upstate New York, and lives with her little family in Brooklyn, New York.

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Editorial Reviews

"Clear pictures and simple text pack an emotional punch for the revitalized misfit." - Booklist

"Brilliantly inventive." - Publishers Weeklystarred review

"A gentle story about differences, set within a popular holiday's traditions, with striking urban-based illustrations." - Shelf Awareness

"A perfect holiday read-aloud for city kids and ­country dwellers as well." - School Library Journalstarred review

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