I expected Pumpkin Trouble to be a happy story and was puzzled when my public librarian recommended it for books that aren't too scary. The book is happy don't get me wrong, Jan Thomas is always a fun and a happy read. It gets on the books that aren't too scary list because it's about a monster! Duck is excited to get his jack-o-lantern and can't wait to show his friends pig and mouse. This is the happy seasonal part but when Duck falls into his pumpkin head first and stands up he is now a pumpkin monster. His friends are scared of him, they don't know it's duck inside. As Duck hears their words, he follows them blindly running from a pumpkin monster. Everyone is surprised to learn there really isn't a pumpkin monster and eager to cheer duck as the winner of the battle with the pumpkin monster. I know my students will be eager to discuss how there wasn't a really a pumpkin monster battle and it was duck all the time. Maybe monsters aren't what they really seem to be.
I hope everyone has a safe and fun Trick or Treat - Halloween.
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