Emily is tired of pumpkins. At school she and her friend Vincetta Louise have been doing pumpkin math, pumpkin field trips, and pumpkin writing. Can't they just carve jack-o-lanterns? But even this ends up being an assignment: the kids have to make pumpkin selfportraits.
Then something happens to Emily's jack-o-lantern, and her friendship with Vinni is tested. The two girls get past their quarrel--but will they ever want to see a pumpkin again?
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PETER CATALANOTTO is the author/illustrator of many books for children. He lives with his family in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
PAMELA SCHEMBRI is a librarian in Montgomery, New York.
Grade 1–3—Emily is tired of studying about pumpkins. Her class has weighed and measured them, and counted seeds. Now, the children have to decorate them to look like self-portraits. The second grader is excited about her birthday party on Saturday, however, so when her friend Vinni doesn't show up, she's upset. Then in school Vinni behaves oddly, arguing, sulking, and damaging Emily's pumpkin. The last chapter deals with her apology (it turns out she wanted to go to the party and felt left out when she couldn't) and Emily's acceptance of it. The black-and-white illustrations are well done and expressive. Fans of Barbara Park's "Junie B. Jones" series and Patricia Reilly Giff's "Polk Street School" books (both Random) will enjoy this beginning chapter book.—Kelly Roth, Bartow County Public Library, Cartersville, GA
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Book Description Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110805078398
Book Description Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0805078398 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1312479
Book Description Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0805078398