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Pumpkin Cat

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  96 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
On a stormy night in October, a ginger cat finds refuge in the "Returned Books" bin of the local library. Rescued by two kind librarians, Pumpkin Cat makes a home for herself in the large children's room. But the wooden sheep and the sock monkey never talk, and once the librarians leave for the day, Pumpkin Cat is lonely. Searching for what is missing, she makes a new frie ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published 2004 by Hyperion Books For Children
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43rd out of 114 books — 143 voters
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Nov 06, 2008 Ann rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Halloween book readers and cat lovers!
Recommended to Ann by: Katie
Such an adorable story with delightful illustrations!
Plus, there being an orange kitty and a black kitty helped to endear it to me, since those are the colored kitties of ours:>

It's a tale of a lost kitty who finds a home, friends, and other characters to love - all at a library. :)
Nov 05, 2008 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Very sweet! Libraries and kitty-cats--what could be better!?
From the cover, I thought the book would be really trite and boring. But it was cute. How can you not love a book that takes place at a library! The pictures are sweet. I love the small-town library. I miss my own from my childhood. And the book almost made me want to have such a well-behaved cat as well. But I'm not a cat person. No matter how cute the drawings. This just might work for Book Time, especially as a contrast to all the gruesome and grotesqeue that I'm finding.
Kate McCartney
Nov 15, 2008 Kate McCartney rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
I read this book before becoming a librarian and thought this is the library I wanted to work in!

Pumpkin Cat finds a warm, safe place to sleep during a terrible storm. Her safe place turns out to be a library book drop box. The two librarians who find her decide she will be a nice addition to the collection. The kids love her. But Pumpkin cat feels like she something is missing. Beautiful watercolors give a sense of the autumn season and small library setting.
Sep 18, 2012 Hamster rated it did not like it
I really really didn't want to finish this book.
It was probably the most poorly written, plotless, pointless picture book I've come across in a while.
Sadly my kids forced me to finish it.
Every page was torture. I've hidden the book so this will never happen again.
Nov 06, 2008 Jenifer rated it really liked it
Out of Print. I thought it would be more Halloweeny, but was delighted that it really was about companionship. Made me feel good to read it. The pictures were fabulous!
Sep 29, 2012 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a sweet tale about a cat who is adopted by librarians after she ends up in the book drop-off box. The story is so reminiscent of the story of Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World, I had to check and see if the story was true or perhaps loosely based on that story. It's listed as fiction by my local library, although Dewey's tale is true.

The story is heartwarming, with a Halloween theme, so it would be great for reading during storytime at this time of year. The illust
Oct 01, 2009 Josiah rated it it was ok
This book is surprisingly gentle and warm. It's directed as a Halloween story, but is definitely good enough to be shared with others at any time, regardless of the date on the calendar.
Kids will identify with the initial loneliness of Pumpkin Cat as she first wanders into the empty library, unsure of what is going to happen and looking for nothing more complex than a home of her own. What proceeds from that point is the story of how Pumpkin Cat finds that home with people who genuinely care a
Nov 02, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it
This is a lovely, sweet story with lovely, sweet illustrations. The writing is a little uneven in places, but, overall, this is a very good book.
Touching story about a cat who found shelter in a library during a storm. Great story line and very nice illustrations.
Ryan M. Hanna
Oct 30, 2015 Ryan M. Hanna rated it liked it
May 10, 2010 Angela rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
Had to pick this one up, since we had a kitty named Pumpkin that showed up on our doorstep just before Halloween. (She recently passed away, so I read it with a tinge of sadness.) A nice story. I love the idea of a library cat. But it was a little on the long side, and I didn't feel like my little guy responded to the illustrations.
Callie Rose Tyler
May 10, 2012 Callie Rose Tyler rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture-books
This book is all over the place, and takes on too much, it's about a lost cat, a library, halloween, and friendship. There was nothing special or clever about this book at all, there was pretty much no point. Even the names of the cats lack in creativity, pumpkin cat and halloween cat? really? lame. boring.
Sep 05, 2013 Meredith rated it really liked it
my nephew and I love cats. And libraries. This book delightfully combines the two in a touching manner. My own cat named Pumpkin arrived on Halloween, so my nephew got a big kick out of the similarities. A fun, autumn book.
Oct 09, 2011 Andrea rated it really liked it
This is a cute book. Incorporates Halloween without being scary. The librarians find a ginger colored cat and decide to let it live in the library. The cat is lonely and eventually is blessed with a companion in the library.
Jan 24, 2010 Mary rated it really liked it
This children's book reminded me of a book I read where a librarian and her staff rescued a kitten from their return box and the cat lived in the library for her whole life with time off at the librarian's house.
Lord, I love this book! It is so cute! :)
Awwww...I can't think of a better Halloween picture book unless it's Boris and Bella!
cute write it never fails
it was boring but to my lil sis it was amazing it was only about a cat beig found and the cat loves a little girl
Aug 28, 2008 Erika rated it it was amazing
We love love love this book! It reminds me of fall...I can just smell rotting leaves, crisp air and lit pumpkins.
Oct 28, 2012 Kim rated it it was amazing
A child's version of the Dewey Story. A cat in a library. Pleasant drawings and well told.
Oct 11, 2012 Kim rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Sweet story if a little long.

Themes: cat, Halloween, library
Sep 20, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books
Really cute, but I don't like the message at the end
Laura Madsen
Sep 11, 2012 Laura Madsen rated it liked it
Sweet story about kitty who finds a home.
Skylar Burris
Sep 25, 2009 Skylar Burris rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens
Good vocabulary. Not a very interesting story.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
A stray cat becomes the library cat!
Sep 27, 2008 Candida rated it it was amazing
Absolutely adorable!
Jan 23, 2014 Mckinley rated it it was ok
Fine illustrations, ok story.
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