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Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere – a Parragon Book Buddies Review

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I mentioned back in September that we are now Parragon Book Buddies. This means that Little Miss H is sent a book every month to review.

Recently, Little Miss H and I have been filled with colds and viruses. So sadly I did not manage to get the review for Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere  by Smriti Prasadam-Halls and Lorena Alvarez up in time for Halloween. Which is a pity as this book would have been perfect for the spookiest day of the year.

This is a great book and has become one of Little Miss H’s favourites. She often asks for it at bedtime and I have no doubt that we will be reading it to her throughout the year. With this is mind, I decided to plough on with the review anyway.

Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere

A little girl sitting on a rug in the garden on an autumnal day eating a bagel and reading the book "Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere" with the blog post titie_Pumpkins pumpkins everywhere_a Parragon Book Buddies review_Mrs H's favourite things

One autumnal morning a few weeks ago, Little Miss H and I wrapped up warm, filled with a bag with yummy bagels, drinks, rugs and her new book and went to have a picnic in the garden. We had a fabulous time and Little Miss H fell in love with this fun and colourful book.

It is filled with bright and beautiful illustrations. The front cover even has glitter on it and glitter is always a hit with Little Miss H.

The short paper book tells the story of four children going trick-or-treating and joining in a pumpkin parade. The book is simple for Little Miss H to understand and is an engaging and non-scary way to introduce the concept of Halloween.

Little Miss loved looking at the different facial expressions on the pumpkins and pointing out the pumpkin bat, cat, wolf and spider. She frequently recites from the book.

“Pumpkin happy

pumpkin sad….

pumpkin wet

pumpkin dry.”

Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere has been a brilliant tool to help Little Miss H understand emotions. She can now identify a sad, happy and confused face. She also loves counting the number of Jack o’Lanterns on a page and spotting all the different animals and children in costumes.

This is a lovely book and it made me so happy over Halloween to hear Little Miss H chanting “pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere” every time we passed a Jack o’lantern. And the few hours we spent in the garden eating bagels and reading this book were some of the most precious moments I have shared with Little Miss H.

A little girl sits on a rug in her garden on an autumnal day reading Pumpkins pumpkins everywhere_ Mrs H's favourite things

 

A little girl sits on a rug in her garden on an autumnal day reading Pumpkins pumpkins everywhere_ Mrs H's favourite things

 

A little girl sits on a rug in her garden on an autumnal day reading Pumpkins pumpkins everywhere_ Mrs H's favourite things

 

A little girl sits on a rug in her garden on an autumnal day reading Pumpkins pumpkins everywhere_ Mrs H's favourite things

 

A little girl sits on a rug in her garden on an autumnal day reading Pumpkins pumpkins everywhere_ Mrs H's favourite things

 

A little girl sits on a rug in her garden on an autumnal day reading Pumpkins pumpkins everywhere_ Mrs H's favourite things

 

A little girl sits on a rug in her garden on an autumnal day reading Pumpkins pumpkins everywhere_ Mrs H's favourite things

I was sent this book as part of the Parragon Book Buddies Programme but all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own. 

Hugs

Lucy

xxxx

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44 Comments

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    Julia @ rainbeaubelle
    November 23, 2015 at 8:10 am

    What a lovely book this looks! Great thing to be involved in. Little Miss H is cute as ever xx
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      Mrs H
      November 23, 2015 at 9:07 pm

      Thanks for your lovely comment, Julia. Little Miss H loves this book. I think next year she will be really excited about Halloween and this book will be a favourite part of that. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    jude
    November 10, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    We loved that book too, and we’re loving being a Paragon Book Buddies. Such lovely books. Glad you’re enjoying them too. #SundayStars

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      Mrs H
      December 31, 2015 at 7:16 pm

      They are lovely books. It is so nice to be a Parragon Book Buddy. Especially as Little Miss H just adores looking at books and having stories read. She is a book worm like her mummy and daddy. Thanks for commenting. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    The DADventurer (Dave)
    November 9, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    Great that she likes it and what a perfect book for Halloween 🙂
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      Mrs H
      December 31, 2015 at 7:17 pm

      Thanks for your comment. It is a perfect book for Halloween. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    New Mummy Blog
    November 9, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    This sounds like a brilliant book, it looks like she was very into it – cute pictures #sundaystars

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      Mrs H
      December 31, 2015 at 7:18 pm

      Thank you for your comment. I am glad you like the pictures. She can be a real cutie. And she totally adores this book. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    Lady Nym
    November 9, 2015 at 7:27 am

    Sounds lovely. I like the idea of the picnic in the garden, too. Tyger was very excited to have a little packed lunch style dinner in the garden for bonfire night but it’s not something I can do often because Baby Bear would keep running off (and this is not the sort of garden he can be left to roam in, unfortunately).

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      Mrs H
      December 31, 2015 at 7:21 pm

      Thanks for your comment. The picnic was lovely and I think Little Miss H really enjoyed reading the book outside. The picnic tea for bonfire night sounds lovely. But I completely understand that with a baby it is not always the easiest thing to do. Our garden isn’t the safest in the world. It is fine for Little Miss H but not brilliant for a baby. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    Silly Mummy
    November 9, 2015 at 1:56 am

    This sounds like a lovely book – Toddler could have used it for guidance on Halloween etiquette! Love the idea of a garden picnic – so sweet! #sundaystars
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      Mrs H
      December 31, 2015 at 7:22 pm

      I love the idea of this book being used as a guide to Halloween etiquette. Maybe I should write to Parragon Books and suggest that as a marketing route for next year. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    becca farrelly
    November 8, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    This book looks lovely and a great way to introduce not only Halloween but also emotions and how we show them. We are lucky that Mia seems to (at the moment) not be scared by ghosts and ghouls but I imagine this book would help children who may not be quite so confident as Mia 🙂

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      Mrs H
      December 31, 2015 at 7:23 pm

      You are completely right, this book is a lovely way of introducing Halloween. And of showing that ghosts and ghouls are nothing to be scared of. They are just children in costumes. Thanks for your comment. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    mummyofboygirltwins
    November 8, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    Ahh bless her! We have just been to the library this week and got more books out and the twins seem more excited than ever! We love books here. This one looks fab! Lovely photo’s too xx Jess xx

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      Mrs H
      December 31, 2015 at 7:25 pm

      Thanks for your kind comment lovely. Little Miss H loves the library too. It is so adorable watching your children immerse themselves in a book. Even at a young age. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    Megan - Truly Madly Kids
    November 8, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    She’s so cute, and I love the photos of her xxx #sundaystars
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      Mrs H
      December 31, 2015 at 7:25 pm

      Thank you lovely. I adore all these photos too. Her expressions are priceless. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    Jessica Powell
    November 8, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    The book looks so cute – and I love that coat too! 🙂 #sundaystar

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      Mrs H
      December 31, 2015 at 7:27 pm

      Thanks for your comment. I adore her coat too and wish they made it in adult size. It is the fleece part of the amazing 4 in 1 coat by Jojo Maman Bebe. And I can not rave about it enough. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    Chloe
    November 8, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Aww this is such a sweet review. I love the little picnic outside. We love having themed bookshelf, this is a must for our Halloween shelf next year. xx #sundaystars
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      Mrs H
      December 31, 2015 at 7:28 pm

      Thanks for your lovely comment. The picnic outside was fabulous. And you should definitely get this book for your Halloween shelf next year. It would be perfect. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    Harry's Honest Mummy
    November 8, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Would love a new book. We have HAD to read Peppa Pig at the Funfair every night for the last 3 weeks. He won’t let us read anything else to him. I can recite it in my sleep!! Love the pictures in the book. As you say, quite clearly captures emotions.

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      Mrs H
      December 31, 2015 at 7:30 pm

      Ha ha! Peppa Pig is banned in this house because i can’t stand it. However, we do have a lot of books that we have to read every night. Little Miss H is obsessed with the Octonauts and so those books are often demanded at bedtime. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    Lucy @ bottlefor2
    November 8, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    I love the books that teach the emotions and facial expressions. My Elsie has a book like this with baby faces and you can tell she understand emotions and faces better as a result.
    Looks like a lovely book #sundaystars

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      Mrs H
      December 31, 2015 at 7:31 pm

      Thanks for your comment. I do love books that are educational as well as beautiful to read and look at. Little Miss H has a number of books like this too and she adores them. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    Sarah Howe (@RunJumpScrap)
    November 8, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    She looks so cute in her pink wellies!! Looks like a fab book – I think the key is not to be too scary for the little ones eh? Thanks for hosting #sundaystars and hope you all feel better. We had the lurgy too last couple of weeks x
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      Mrs H
      December 31, 2015 at 7:33 pm

      Thanks for your comment lovely. I adore her cute pink sparkly wellies too. She is obsessed with them as well and always asks to wear them. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    jeremy@thirstydaddy
    November 8, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    I hope everybody is feeling better
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      Mrs H
      November 17, 2015 at 10:23 am

      Thank you we are feeling better now. Xxxx

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    ali
    November 8, 2015 at 11:52 am

    I love seasonable books like these, sounds like little H enjoys it, its so cute when they can recite bits #sundaysStars
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      Mrs H
      December 31, 2015 at 7:34 pm

      Thanks for your comment lovely. Little Miss H does love this book. And you are right, it is adorable when they can recite parts of the book. There are a number of books that Little Miss H knows off by heart now and it is the sweetest thing ever. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    Life as Mum
    November 8, 2015 at 11:07 am

    Oh how adorable is she! That book seems to be something my youngest daughter would love 🙂 Lovely post and photos .x
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      Mrs H
      December 31, 2015 at 7:35 pm

      Thank you for your lovely comment. It is a fabulous book and I am sure your daughter would love it. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    Lisa (mummascribbles)
    November 8, 2015 at 8:42 am

    Hi fellow book buddy! Zach loved this book too although he had to whizz past the page with the big ghost because he didn’t like it! Funny how he had no idea what ghosts are but knew instantly that he was a bit spooked by that! Loveky review and I hope you are both feeling better now. Thanks for hosting #sundaystars
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      Mrs H
      November 8, 2015 at 9:22 am

      Oh, bless Zach. I was surprised that Little Miss H loved the book so much. I was worried that she would find it spooky. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Katy
    November 8, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Aww this is such a cute review!! Love that she loves it! xx
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      Mrs H
      November 8, 2015 at 10:07 am

      Thanks for your comment lovely. Little Miss H does adore this book. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Stacey
    November 8, 2015 at 7:08 am

    I love the fact that you made a little picnic outside, it’s a good way to engage your child with reading and it will help them not just associate reading with bedtime. It sounds like a lovely book – one certainly suitable for the season.

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      Mrs H
      November 8, 2015 at 10:01 am

      Thank you for your lovely comment. I really think that introducing this book on a picnic outside helped Little Miss H adore the book even more. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Charlotte
    November 8, 2015 at 7:05 am

    Cute pics! Our favourite thing to do recently is read too! (not sure if it’s because its calm and quiet from the usual running around but still :p) Thanks for sharing #sundaystars
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      Mrs H
      November 8, 2015 at 10:10 am

      Thanks for your comment. Little Miss H does love reading. And I do love reading to her. It is so nice to have some quiet time and snuggles over a good book. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Mini Travellers
    November 8, 2015 at 6:35 am

    Gosh Lucy she has grown up soooo much. What a lovely book this is. Really cute. #sundaystars
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      Mrs H
      November 8, 2015 at 10:11 am

      She has grown up so much in the past few months. Sob sob sob! She is such a personality and is so funny. But I do miss those new born baby snuggles. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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