Item description for Somethin' Pumpkin by Scott Allen...
"A pumpkin is possibly so many things...there's no limit to all of the joy that it brings." Finally, acknowledgement for the pumpkin in Somethin' Pumpkin, a hilariously spooky salute to everyone's favorite Halloween symbol. Trick-or-treaters big and small will find it difficult to resist Jimmy Pickering's wacky full color paintings and Scott Allen's creepy but friendly rhymes. It's a no holds barred introduction to a far-out world of robots, witches, outerspace aliens, monsters, mad doctors and more, all of whom need pumpkins in their lives..for one reason or another!
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 9" Height: 0.3" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Dec 31, 1999
Publisher Smallfellow Press
ISBN 1931290008 ISBN13 9781931290005 UPC 686015000107
Availability 0 units.
More About Scott Allen
Scott Allen has a master's degree in computer science from Shippensburg University. He's a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer. And he regularly serves as an adjunct faculty member at various colleges in Maryland and Pennsylvania.
Reviews - What do customers think about Somethin' Pumpkin?
perfect Mar 23, 2007
I bought the book because I love the Illustration style of Jimmy Pickering. Great book!
Impressive Artwork! Oct 26, 2006
Black cats transform a boat from a pumpkin, spiders make apartments, and robots fuel their brains with pumpkins. Without a doubt, the writing is fresh and clever. Scott Allen invents words like "squashastic" and makes use of the eccentric in a big way. He rhymes the text, and in most instances, it's brilliant. The end product is exceptionally humorous, and the illustrations are extraordinary; however, I think the author overreaches a bit.
For example, when talking of witches, one creates, "...a cauldron colossal, the other a perfect pumpkin falafel." Huh? What's a falafel? I had to look it up. It's a meatball made from ground-spiced chickpeas. This book is geared to 4 and up, so why not use something like a waffle? It rhymes with colossal, and kids can identify with a waffle.
The colors are rich and vibrant, and the texture and shadowing in these ultramodern images is wonderful. Pickering layers the paint to build intense color and shadow, and the details urge readers to study the images. There's no question that this is cutting-edge artwork, yet the artist has no trouble making the clouds mist and swell graciously.
If you don't mind illuminating, pick up this book. The artwork alone is worth every penny.
Somethin' Pumpkin Feb 18, 2003
Fantastic book. The writing is fun, whimsical and current. The illustrations are fantastic. Even the smallest one of just a simple pumpkin has so much to it. I ordered one for myself and then ordered several more foor my niece and my friend's kids. There is something in this book for kids from age 1 to 100. I hope that the author and artist do many more in the years to come!
Somethin' Pumpkin Nov 1, 2001
Cute book. Looks like it was illustarted by Lane Smith only with brighter colors.
A New Classic Oct 30, 2001
I simply want to say, this is an awesome book for kids and adults! Jimmy Pickering's illustrations are deep and brilliant, wacky and bizarre. They have the artistic beauty of David Weisner, combined with a Dr. Seuss-like silliness that I haven't seen in a children's book for years. Scott Allen's words also bear a similarity to Seuss, with outlandish rhymes and goofy characters that kids will remember long enough to want to read this book to their kids, when they grow up. The quality of the book is so nice (printed in Italy, on super-nice paper, with beautiful, intense inks), you will want a copy to keep on the shelf, as well as a copy for the kids to destroy.