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Big Pumpkin

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  2,352 Ratings  ·  172 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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Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very cute! My students really enjoyed this book and got into it.
Lisa Vegan
Sep 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  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.

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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
Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
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!
Sep 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 rated it liked it  ·  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
Oct 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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!
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
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
Oct 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
"'It's big and it's mine, but it's stuck on the vine, and Halloween's just hours away.'"

What a fun story for Halloween! I love the dark illustrations that make me think of Halloween night, and I love all the festive "scary" Halloween characters. You've got to love the determination too! All the characters try their best to pull the huge pumpkin off the vine so they can have their pumpkin pie. Lots of fun!
Oct 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Feb 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
I would have to say this is my favorite children's book IF you have the soundtrack that goes with it.
Congyu Chris
Oct 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Fun Halloween book for lower grade level. Never judge a person by size and never underestimate anyone.
David Dahl
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My 4 yr old granddaughter loved this book, as did her 2 yr old sister. a great Halloween book to read to kids
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
How do you know a book is a good book? When kids want it re-read. 'nuff said.
Elizabeth Roe
Oct 24, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: elementary, holiday
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Nov 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jessica Judd
Apr 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.

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Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a story about sharing, and how that can hard for some. The main character in this is a witch who only wants to take the enormous pumpkin that she grew to make an apple pie. Unfortunately, the pumpkin has outgrown her carrying capacity and she must rely on the kindness of others if she is to get the pumpkin inside in time for Halloween. Her greater misfortune is that she has no desire to share the pumpkin with others, which means that most would-be helpers have no desire to help her with ...more
Dec 02, 2013 added it
Shelves: eng-261
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 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
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
Christine Ridout
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nice
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
Oct 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Kids, librarians, parents
Shelves: picture-books, z_10
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.

Sep 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is such a fun story. That poor witch really wants her pumpkin pie! It's the perfect book for Halloween, and kids will have fun with each classic Halloween monster making appearances. The usage of repetition and the rhythm of Erica Silverman's words will appeal to kids, too. For parents, there are great messages within these pages about the value of teamwork. I also loved the message that the little bat brings with him, as well. With Halloween approaching, this is the perfect book to read wi ...more
Sep 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Illustrated by S.D. Schindler

This book can be used during the month of October when learning about fall, also Halloween. It is a fun book, but it also can be used to talk about working together as a team and cooperating. The witch plants a pumpkin seed and it grows so big she can not move it herself, a ghost, vampire, and a mummy all try to move it but can't, along comes a bat and suggest if they all work together they can move it, and they do. This book is a good resource for Social/Emotional d
I shared this book with 4th and 5th graders and everyone enjoyed it. It's a cute, rhyming cumulative tale that's got a great message about teamwork. The witch wants to pick her huge pumpkin so she can make a pie. The pumpkin is so big, that she can't get it off the vine. Several of her scary friends (a ghost, a vampire, and a mummy) lend a hand and try to get the pumpkin off the vine. The illustrations of all of these folks trying to get the pumpkin are very funny. Lots of fun to have in my clas ...more
Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman is a great book to teach students a science lesson on plant growth. The book describes how a pumpkin grows in an easy format for students to understand. This book can also be used in a math lesson on ordinal numbers to teach the students what comes first, second, third, etc. The book can also be used to talk about the holiday of Halloween for the students since its characters are a witch, a ghost, and a bat, etc. I would use this book for students in K-2 grade.

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