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Five Little Pumpkins Illustrated by Ben Mantle

Published by Tiger Tales Books

Pages: 22

Ages:  2-5

Publishers SummaryFive little pumpkins are sitting quietly on a fence when night falls and they are joined by a cast of creepy characters. Witches, spiders, bats, frogs, and ghosts appear, all determined to cause plenty of Halloween mischief. Spot-laminated pumpkins shine on the cover of this spirited padded board book. Wickedly funny with just the right amount of spooky, Five Little Pumpkins is a terrific treat!

Littlebug Speaks: “One…Two…Free…Ffff…Fife! Yep, I can count to Fife! Mom keeps telling me the word over and over again, but I think I’ve got it down, Fife!

“These pumpkins are so cute! We get to pick up our own this weekend and I can’t wait. I want to pick up fife just like in the story so they can sit out in front of our house and sing for the neighbors. Wouldn’t that be fun! Plus, maybe it would bring a kitty our way…maybe?

“My favorite part would definitely be the witch. She flies right over the pumpkins in a whoosh that sounds so neat when my mom says it! Maybe sometime soon I’ll be able to be a witch for Halloween!”

Mom’s Two Cents: “By far one of my favorite Halloween books! As the story opens you find five (not fife) little pumpkins sitting on a farm gate ready to take on the things that go bump in the night. They sing and chatter their way through the witches, spiders, kitties, ghosts, dark and more; laughing and playing all the way.

“Both Littlebug and the Turkeybird are fans of this delightful tale. In fact, earlier today they were both tugging at opposite sides of me to get a better view of all the fun things that happen at Halloween. Littlebug is just learning to count and this was a perfect addition to the sometimes routine counting books you find. She laughs and flips each page eager to count the pumpkins all over again.

“With gorgeous illustrations by new-to-me Ben Mantle, you’ll definitely find a happy crowd around you to read this story over and over again. This sweet pumpkin counting book is perfect for the spooky season with toddlers just learning to count or even those just eager to go trick-or-treating. A must have for the Halloween season!”

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 1 to 5. Get your pumpkin carving tools ready! This sweet tale is perfect for toddlers and early readers learning to count and get ready for the Halloween season.

For the Comments: Do you have a favorite pumpkin tale?

Today’s review is part of our month long celebration of Tiger Tales Books for our monthly feature “Book Publishers 101“. Make sure to stop by the Tiger Tales Books website for more information about this title and more. For more information about our Book Publishers 101 feature take a look at this months opening post. One more thing you might be interested in:

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17 Responses to Book Review: Five Little Pumpkins by Ben Mantle

  1. carol says:

    I love holiday books. One of my favorite Halloween ones is Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman.

  2. Gina says:

    As soon as I saw the title/cover I thought….I bet Littlebug will be sounding off on this one…turns out I was right! ^_^ Certainly looks like a cute book….I think I remember a song similar to this book from when I was younger. Went something like….”Five little pumpkins sitting on a fence, one fell off and rolled in the mud….then come the witches!” …and counted down from there. Gotta love Halloween….so much fun.

  3. Michelle says:

    I love Perfect Pumpkin Pie by Denys Cazet! This one sounds perfect for little hands!

  4. Courtney says:

    Oh I love “The Little Old Lady Who was not Afraid of Anything”…a great read-a-loud with wonderful sounds and hand motions…have you read it? It was always a hit at storytimes for this time of year. I think Turkeybird would love it!

  5. Ahhhhh I love Halloween tales 🙂 Sounds sooo cute.

  6. Thanks so much for your lovely review of Five Little Pumpkins. Sounds like your whole family enjoyed it! Loved hearing how Littlebug counted to fife!

    The entries are coming in for the book giveaway, but there is still plenty of time to enter. Looking forward to hearing from more of your followers…

    Happy Reading,
    tiger tales

  7. Great review! I’m looking at board books more now because I have a wee cousin of 4 months now and I want him to have a great library.

    My favorite pumpkin tale is IT’S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN! Classic!

  8. This sounds so cute! I thought it was too young for my daughter but saw you suggested it for up to 5 yr olds. Yay! We just got our pumpkins this weekend so this would be a great book.

    • She would definitely enjoy it! In fact it’s often The Turkeybird who brings it to me recently. It’s definitely on the “easy” side for the older kids, but they still enjoy the rhyme and illustrations.

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