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Big Pumpkin

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  1,526 ratings  ·  147 reviews
The witch has grown the biggest pumpkin ever, and now she wants to make herself a pumpkin pie for Halloween. But the pumpkin is so big she can't get it off the vine.
It's so big the ghost can't move it, either. Neither can the vampire, nor the mummy. It looks as if there'll be no pumpkin pie for Halloween, until along comes the bat with an idea to save the day.
How can the
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 1st 1995 by Aladdin (first published August 31st 1992)
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Lisa Vegan
Sep 27, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Halloween reading or as a story to be read with any pumpkin pie eating or making activity
This story is adorable. How can I not love a witch and other assorted Halloween time creatures who say “Drat!” And how can I not love pumpkin pie as the goal everyone is striving for. This tale uses repetition wonderfully, and shows the power of teamwork, and of sharing. It’s a great selection for Halloween. Only the most fearful child will be afraid of the witch, ghost, vampire, mummy, and bat.

The illustrations are really wonderful. They’re very colorful and full of dense details.

Great last pa
A very fun cumulative tale that just begs to be read aloud, "Big Pumpkin" is a story I would probably have loved as a kid, with its fun cast of Halloweeny characters and the repetition that would help me read right along. Even now, I found it quite entertaining as a ghost, vampire, mummy, and bat all try to help a witch pull her BIG pumpkin off the vine so that she can make pumpkin pie. The ending is absolutely adorable! :-) The pictures are quite fun. There's a great message here about teamwork ...more
What an awesome story! All my kids loved this one, the 6 yr old as well as my preschoolers. My 3 yr old twins are still scared of a lot, especially Halloween stuff, and when they saw the witch I could see the hesitation in their eyes. But they loved it once they realized it was about all the scary characters of Halloween working together! So much fun and they fought over who was going to read it first later on. Lots of fun! Highly recommended!
Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman, illustrated by S.D. Schindler is a fun Halloween book about a witch who can't get pull her big pumpkin off the vine without some help. I had forgotten reading this, until the Goodreads Picture Book Club selected it and I reread it.

Although witch "pulled and she tugged and she pulled...that pumpkin just sat.' Along came a ghost. 'I am bigger than you and stronger, too,' said he. 'Let me try.' Well, the witch wanted that pumpkin for herself, but she needed help sin
Oct 20, 2011 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a fun cumulative story that is loosely based on Gigantic Turnip by Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy. The illustrations are fun, the monsters aren't scary, and the repetition in the narrative will entertain children. The ending seemed a bit abrupt, but overall, it's a humorous story and we enjoyed reading it together.

This book was featured as one of the selections for the October 2011 Witches and Monsters-themed reads for the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books Group here at Goodreads.
Crystal Marcos
Big Pumpkin is a great pick of the theme "witches and monsters" from the Children's Picture Book Club found here:

A charming tale of a witch who wanted some pumpkin pie. The pumpkin she had, as the title states, was one big pumpkin! Her dilemma was how to get that huge thing home to make it into pumpkin pie. The story was humorous and it was wonderful to see classic monsters in a friendly story, working together to help the witch. I really enjoyed the high
A witch planted a seed, watered, weeded, and cared for her growing pumpkin in hopes of making a large pumpkin pie. On Halloween, she attempts to pull the pumpkin off the vine but she's not strong enough. A ghost, vampire, mummy, and bat offer the witch help in this rhythmic, cumulative tale, but can they pull the big pumpkin off the vine?

Fun story for a read aloud and for making predictions or identifying patterns. Silverman adapted this story from the Russian folktale, "The Turnip". Illustratio
Another favorite Halloween picture book! I could buy nothing but these sorts of books and be perfectly happy. The artwork is completely adorable. The first time I became aware of this book, oddly enough, was when I went to a themed quilt show in which each mini-quilt was a scene from a child's picture book! The quilt that was inspired by this book was amazing. By the time I got the actual book, I was even more excited. It's a cute story, but the artwork is why I bought the book. Happy Halloween!
Can't get enough of this book. Too bad it is so hard to find. If you do find it, you HAVE to have the soundtrack that goes with it. It is a treasure to all those preschool and kindergarten teachers, and parents that happen to own it, and they guard their copies with their life! I know I do! It's so fun to pull it out at this time of year, but my kids want to read it all year long.
I picked Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman because this is my favorite book for this time of year. I think I was in middle school when we first started reading it and then for high school volleyball, before every game in October, we would read it as a team and do a fun song and chant. When I first started teaching it was always one of the first books on my shelf for the fall. I love the rhythmic text and that you can sing along with the book. It is really a great fun read for young children, and m ...more
I would have to say this is my favorite children's book IF you have the soundtrack that goes with it.
How do you know a book is a good book? When kids want it re-read. 'nuff said.
Elizabeth Roe
Grade/interest level: Primary (K-3rd grade)
Reading level: AD350L
Genre: Picture Book

Main Characters: The witch
Setting: The witch's garden where the pumpkin grows
POV: Third person

This story is about a witch and her very large pumpkin. The witch works on growing this pumpkin and then becomes frustrated when she cannot get her pumpkin off the vine to use it for pumpkin pie. At the beginning of the story, a ghost comes along and attempts to get the pumpkin off its vine, but failed. Next, a vampire ve
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I was introduced to this Halloween picture book in the Kindergarten class I'm working with this semester. I loved this book and the interaction the kids were able to have with it; this was greatly due to the soundtrack that we had to accompany it. This was a favorite book of theirs, they asked daily if we could read Big Pumpkin. They all read along as each of the characters were introduced. It brings in the many characters of Halloween: the witch, vampire, mummy, ghost, and bat. It has a nice pa ...more
Emma Daugherty
This is a good Halloween book for children. The story is simple and easy to follow. Each page, as a new character is introduced, the words are the same and all the characters work together for a common goal. The pictures take up the whole page making the reader feel apart of the book. Due to the same ideas on each page, it would be simple for children to understand and read. I loved this book when I was a kid and my mom and I would read it every year on Halloween.
Of all the books in my home there are exactly three children's books I keep in my room. Though my children can "borrow" them, they are,"my books"; mostly because I like them and don't want them destroyed. Big Pumpkin is one of those books.

Recently my youngest(age 5 and not yet able to read by herself) was exposed to Big Pumpkin at school. Much to her delight, Mommy had a copy too! Now she keeps asking me to read and re-read this book to her. When we went to the grocery store, she told me to buy
Katie Spencer
The witch has grown herself a gigantic pumpkin and she wants to make pumpkin pie. Bu there is one problem… she cannot get it off of the vine! It is too big that the ghost, the vampire and the mummy cannot move it either. Just as the witch thinks that she will not be able to make her delicious pumpkin pie, along comes a bat with an idea to move the pumpkin.

My favorite part about this book is the soundtrack that goes with it. The narrator does a fantastic job and the soundtrack incorporates other
I'm going to be using this book in my classroom, and I have action cards all printed out and laminated, so I thought it would be a good idea to read it first and see if it was any good. I like it because everyone is just so nonchalant about the size of the pumpkin, like: "oh hey, big pumpkin" and that's it.
Jessica Judd
Big Pumpkin is a cute story that is perfect for just around Halloween time. It is fun when read-aloud using the characters voices. In the story a witch is trying to pick the pumpkin she has been growing to make pumpkin pie. The witch can’t pick the pumpkin by herself, neither can the ghost, the vampire, or the mummy. Everyone chuckles when the smallest of them all, the bat, comes up with a plan. The story exemplifies all the great things that can happen when everyone works together.

Possible Acti
This is a great read-aloud and even though our library stocks it in multiple copies it is the most asked-for picture book each time the Halloween season rolls around.
Kelly Murphy
Cute story!

Cute story!

My daughter loves Halloween stories, this one is perfect for her. She asks me to read this one all the time.
Christine Ridout
How many Halloween monsters does it take to pull a huge pumpkin off its stem so that the witch can make pumpkin pie. The ghost can’t do it. Neither can the vampire or the mummy. But along comes a very smart little bat who suggests that, if they all pull together, the pumpkin will come off the stem. Lo and behold, the pumpkin comes loose and rolls over to the witch’s front door. Everybody goes inside and they all eat pie. A very nice story about cooperation that has a little more depth than the u ...more
Alan Talbert
Me and the grand-kids really enjoyed this! The pictures are great, colourful and we enjoyed the problem solving aspects. Good fun.
I remember listening to this book
on cassette while I pretended to read it in kindergarten, over 20 years ago. Still love it.
Dec 14, 2013 Megan added it
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This is a great book about working together and sharing. The witch in the story wants to make pumpkin pie, so she grows a pumpkin and it ends up growing up to be too big. Since it is too big she has to rely of the help of the other monsters to bring the pumpkin to her house in order to make the pumpkin pie. In the end they get the pumpkin to the witches house and then she in turns, bakes a pumpkin pie big enough to share with everyone who helped her. There are a lot of life lessons in this book ...more
Oct 25, 2010 Jess rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Kids, librarians, parents
Witch has grown a big pumpkin. "It's big and it's mine, but it's stuck on the wine, and Halloween's just hours away" What will she do?

I love this book! It's my favorite Halloween readaloud. Kids love it and it's super fun to read. Ever notice how some cumulative tales / line repetition makes you want to stab something? Yeah, not this book. The book's full of good lines ("and she kicked that pumpkin" is my favorite but pretty much the whole repetition rocks) that let you to be enthusiastic.

I loved creating voices for the characters in this Halloween tale. It is perfect for storytime!
Big Pumpkin one of the children's stories that I know by heart and often act out for the children as a helper turns the pages of the book. We always talk about how working together the characters were able to get that pumpkin off the vine and how if we work together in the classroom (especially at clean-up time) that we can get the job done. At the end to witch plants another pumpkin seed so she can see her friends again, which gives the children another positive social message about making frie ...more
Marjorie Briggs
I Love this book and so do the kids at my school, it is a requested book every Halloween!
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