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Book Title: Pumpkin Pumpkin|
The author of the book: Jeanne Titherington
Edition: Mulberry Books
Date of issue: 1986
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Reader ratings: 6.4
ISBN 13: 9780688099305
Format files: PDF
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Jeanne Titherington's Pumpkin Pumpkin (about a little boy named Jamie who plants a pumpkin seed in the spring and then in late October harvests a large pumpkin to carve into a Jack O'Lantern for Halloween) is the type of picture book that while the illustrations I have found sweetly magical and very much appreciatively evocative, the actual text, the narrative presented alongside of these glowing and wonderful pictorial images leaves (at least for me on a personal level) more than a bit to be desired.
Now while the above mentioned illustrations are indeed whimsical, imaginatively detailed and expressive (and I especially have enjoyed how on almost EVERY pictorial spread, author/illustrator Jeanne Titherington includes an animal, from a ladybug to the family dog), I do tend to find at least some of the facial expressions of the main protagonist, of young Jamie (the pumpkin planter and harvester) a bit overly exaggerated, even unnatural at times, or more to the point, a trifle too in one's proverbial face, especially considering how the rest of the illustrations primarily do shine because of their laid back and muted character. But all that having been said, the illustrations for Pumpkin Pumpkin have most definitely and for the most part been a more than pleasant surprise, an appreciated and even very much cherished aesthetic feast for my eyes.
Unfortunately though, the magic of Jeanne Titherington's illustrations does not really in any way transfer itself to the narrative, to the actual written text of Pumpkin Pumpkin. For compared to the always lushly conceptualised, the often minutely descriptive details of the featured and presented pictures of young Jamie's pumpkin planting experiences (with the pumpkin plant in the various stages of its growth and life cycle, with the diverse animals, with Jamie patiently waiting for his planted pumpkin to grow, to mature and finally, the carved Jack O'Lantern in all its glory), the accompanying narrative is really so standardly simple, so lacking in almost ANY kind of supplemental description that it (at least to and for me) feels pretty well majorly tedious and mundane, a barely adequate description of the pumpkin growing process, of Jamie planting a pumpkin seed and later harvesting a large pumpkin and carving it into a Jack O'Lantern for Halloween, and really and truly, not all that special by any stretch of the imagination.
And actually, without the oh so wonderful and oh so evocative and engaging illustrations, I for one would be massively and yes even annoyingly bored with and by Pumpkin Pumpkin (so much so that while I could in fact and indeed imagine this book without its text, with just the illustrations, I could never even remotely consider Pumpkin Pumpkin with just the presented narrative, with just the text, as the latter is so simplistic, so overly basic that without the accompanying pictures, the text would be barely tolerable, barely readable, as while the story penned by the author is sweet enough, it is just too basic and too lacking in almost any superfluous detail to be even remotely enjoyable on its own). Two and a half stars for Pumpkin Pumpkin, rounded down to a high two stars ranking, because the sweetness and loveliness of Jeanne Titherington's pictorial images notwithstanding, there is simply not enough presented text-wise for me to consider a three star rating.
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Read information about the author"It was never my plan to become a writer and illustrator of children's books. Although I knew from the age of ten that I wanted to be an artist, it took a long time to discover just what kind of an artist I would be.
"When I was in art school, first at Pratt Institute and then at Portland School of Art, I was a painting major.
"After exhibiting my work several times during the next few years, I was encouraged by a friend familiar with publishing to try my hand at illustration. On a whim I made a completely unorganized trip to New York, then Boston. Despite the fact that I did everything all wrong, I managed to get my first job illustrating a children's book. I've been illustrating ever since, and now, with the help and encouragement of Susan Hirschman, I am writing children's books as well.
"I grew up in Maine and still summer there, but I presently live and work in Houston, Texas, with my daughter, Anna, and son, John Gabriel. I love what I do and feel truly blessed in the life I have."
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