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The Pumpkinville Mystery

4.13  ·  Rating Details  ·  31 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
On a dark holiday night long ago a mysterious stranger arrives in a small prairie town. His magical pumpkin seeds help an honest farmer trick and triumph over greedy and wicked townsfolk. Full-color illustrations.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published August 1st 1991 by Aladdin (first published January 9th 1987)
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Nov 11, 2015 Cathi rated it really liked it
I bought this book 25 years ago at an odd little bookstore in Fall River, Massachusetts. (Great memories!) The book was cheap and caught my eye because of the creepy-looking character on the cover. Little did I know that it would become a family favorite. It's got great pictures, some which are quite humorous, and an interesting story about dishonesty and the power of decent "little guys" triumphing over corrupt "big guys". The creepy-looking character on the book cover is not what I'd expected ...more
Jul 26, 2014 Tam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: halloween
This book was too wordy to keep the attention of my 6-year-old but my 10-year-old enjoyed it.

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"Once upon a time, long before the horse and buggy had given way to the motor car, a town called Pumpkinville sprang up out in the prairies just a hoot and a holler to the right of Turkeytown and a stone's throw from the lower bend in the old Spooky River. Now, I am telling you this tale the way I heard it from my father who heard it from his father who heard it from his father who was
Oct 09, 2011 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a fun read for my kids. Although I can imagine that they'll tell their teachers that they know where Jack-o-lanterns come from based on this book. It is a book about a town long ago where the corn is in short supply and so are the nice people. A man comes thru town looking for a meal and is turned away by most. Finally, a husband and wife take him in and feed him. In return they are given pumpkin seeds and directions to make sure that they will be successful in the future. Cute sto ...more
Ashley Allen
I would use this book to talk about Halloween legends also. I would also use this book to talk about how we should treat our friends and neighbors. I would also talk about the word greedy.
Oct 28, 2013 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
52 months - reads like a folk tale, a fun read and O always enjoys a story that's a bit longer and wordier.
Oct 17, 2013 Misti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story. Not only about pumpkins, but character.
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