Duck, Duck, Dinosaur Perfect Pumpkin

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by Kallie George, Illustrated by Oriol Vidal

Every week I write about the books that we read for my son. He is currently 4 years old and loves a good book! Most of the books come from the Nashville Public Library. Although we buy a good book or two every now and then. I am not a professional book and illustration reviewer or critic, but I can write about the book, what I think about it, and how our son reacted to it.

What the Books is about

Feather, Flap, and Spike are looking for the perfect pumpkin because… what else do you do when it is fall? Look for pumpkins of course.

Feather and Flap do a good job of looking for a perfect pumpkin. But Spike has other ideas… Whenever Feather and Flap find the perfect pumpkin, Spike squish it by jumping on it, using it as a bowling ball and juggling it. Whatever he does, he ends up squishing it, which frustrates Feather and Flap.

But in the end, Feather and Flap, and Mama makes him understand that pumpkins are for decorating for fall and Halloween. The other pumpkins that Spike squished? They’re good for a pumpkin pie!

Book Information

Title: Duck, Duck, Dinosaur Perfect Pumpkin
Author: Kallie George
Illustrator: Oriol Vidal
Published by I Can Read Books by HarperCollins Publisher
Copyright 2017 by HarperCollins Publisher
No. of pages: 32

About the Author & Illustrator

Kallie George is the author of several children’s books, including more stories about Feather, Flap, and Spike. She lives in Vancouver, Canada. You can check out his website at www.kalliegeorge.com. Oriol Vidal has been an illustrator and storyboard artist for more than 10 years. He has illustrated all the other books in the Duck, Duck, Dinosaur series. Check out his website at www.oriolvidal.es.

 

Values or Lessons

The book explores the relationships between siblings, who can sometimes frustrate each other because they could not agree on how to play or do something together. It’s also a lesson on patience with a brother or a sister, especially the younger ones, who just seem to be intent on ‘destroying’ what older siblings are playing with.

With their Mama’s intervention, everything turned out okay. Even the pumpkins that Spike squished were useful–for pumpkin pie!

Caution

Be careful in explaining to a kid that it’s not okay to jump onto, juggle, or throw a pumpkin to squish it. It will make a big mess and everyone might just become frustrated.

Artwork

The artwork looks cute. Feather, Flap, and Spike are drawn and colored well. The color scheme blend nicely with the white background. The text is also sparse. Each page has about 1 to 4 short lines, which are really good for kids who are learning how to read. It’s also a quick read. You can easily read it within 5-10 minutes.

Fun Factor

Over all, this is a fun read, especially because of Spike, the dinosaur! Our 4-year could relate with Spike in those moments that he couldn’t help but squish the pumpkin. And when Spike receives a pumpkin pie at the end, our son also shouted “Yay!”

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