Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Summary: As pumpkins are chosen one by one to become jack-o-lanterns, Stumpkin realizes he’s not getting picked because he doesn’t have a stem. With Halloween approaching, there are fewer pumpkins in the shop and more jack-o-lanterns in the windows of the apartment building across the street. Finally, it’s Halloween evening, and even the gourd has found a home. Only Stumpkin is left. But wait! There are two black pages. Then a white triangle appears on one, and two white triangles on the next page. The shopkeeper has transformed Stumpkin into a jack-o-lantern. With a black cat on one side and a bowl of candy on the other, he is ready for trick-or-treaters. 56 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: Preschoolers and early elementary kids will enjoy this Halloween tale. The illustrations showing Stumpkin’s change from pumpkin to jack-o-lantern are ingenious.
Cons: It felt a little bit like no one wanted Stumpkin because of a physical difference, maybe not the best message for young kids.