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3.91  ·  Rating details ·  466 ratings  ·  98 reviews
From the critically acclaimed author and illustrator of A Hungry Lion comes a unique Halloween story about a stemless pumpkin who dreams of becoming a jack-o-lantern.

Stumpkin is the most handsome pumpkin on the block. He’s as orange as a traffic cone! Twice as round as a basketball! He has no bad side! He’s perfect choice for a Halloween jack-o-lantern.

There’s just one pro
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published July 24th 2018 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Aug 15, 2018 rated it liked it
The pumpkin without a stem is left on the shop stand just before Halloween. Obviously its name is Stumpkin. Don't worry though, only happy endings for Stumpkin.
Oct 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those Looking for New Halloween Picture-Books on the Sweet Side
A beautiful big pumpkin with every good quality, save for a stem, Stumpkin looked forward to someone taking him home and making him into a Jack-o-Lantern in time for Halloween. But as the other pumpkins sold, one by one, he slowly began to lose hope. Then Halloween night arrived, and Stumpkin discovered that he didn't need to leave home to achieve his dream...

A sweet Halloween story about an 'ugly duckling' pumpkin who nevertheless achieves his dream of becoming a Jack-o-Lantern, Stumpkin is the
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: halloween, kidstuff
As he watches his friends one by one be chosen to be turned into lucky Jack-O-lanterns, Stumpkin worries that no one will want him because he has no stem.

A very sweet story with GORGEOUS illustrations by the author.


Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: holiday-books
This was a simply told story of a misfit pumpkin that lacks a stem, kind of an Ugly Duckling or maybe a Tacky the Penguin or Lambert the Sheepish Lion sort of pumpkin story. Nicely done on the whole. Would appeal to younger elementary audiences. Not bad.
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Love this cheeky Halloween read about the 'perfect' who longs to be a jack O'lantern but lacks a stalk!
Beautiful illustrations and perfect for this time of year :)
Aug 04, 2018 rated it liked it
This without a stump pumpkin feels awful when it's the last left behind right before Halloween.
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very cute and sweet story about a pumpkin without a stem. No tricks, only treats, haha!
Dec 11, 2018 added it
So cute. Possibly a modern classic.
Zandria Senft
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Such a cute story about a pumpkin who doesn't seem to fit in with the others
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Adorable stemless pumpkin yearns for a window like all his pumpkin friends and despairs he will never be purchased. Love the minimal use of color and black space. Be sure to check out the case cover art!
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Even the gourd?! A really cute, not scary Halloween story. I love the couple pages of illustrations that give away our ending. It was the perfect way to show what was happening. Highly recommended to add to a library's Halloween collection.
Ms. B
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, holiday, picture
A new story for Halloween about pumpkins in a store window. Will anyone choose Stumpkin for their jack o'lantern?
A story about the longing to belong and the fear of being chosen last.
Marissa Elera
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
My favorite moment is when Stumpkin first sees out of his new eyes. Brilliant choice of perspective.
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Poor Stumpkin!!! I will admit I did tear up reading this because I felt so badly for Stumpkin, but it has a great moral to it. I'm also extremely partial to the art style that was chosen for this!
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Stumpkin is one of the pumpkins for sale outside a little shop in the big city. He is a nearly perfect pumpkin. He is bright orange, round and large. Unfortunately though, Stumpkin is missing his stem and only has a little stump instead. As Halloween grows closer, one pumpkin after another is selected to be turned into a jack-o-lantern in the neighborhood. They are placed up in apartment windows and look down at the little shop below. Even the gourd is selected before Stumpkin, leaving him all a ...more
Poor little Stumpkin is a pumpkin who is missing his stem. Day after day he is passed over, and day after day he watches other pumpkins leave the market and become a jack o'lantern in a nearby window. When Halloween arrives, he gives up hope of becoming a jack o'lantern himself. But he discovers that there is a special place for everyone including him.

Everyone who has fallen short of the standard of commercial beauty will relate to Stumpkin and his plight. This story is a reminder to children t
Stumpkin has been sat outside the shop front for days now with his fellow pumpkins (and one gourd - which ended up being my favourite character) hoping to be bought ready for halloween where he'll be able to sit on a windowsill and look out across the cityscape. But although he is a beautiful shade of orange and exquisitely round he is missing his stem! Poor Stumpkin watches on as all his friends are taken and he is left alone...
Cummins certainly has a strong eye for perspective, colour, tone an
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Stumpkin by Lucy Ruth Cummins. PICTURE BOOK. Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Simon & Schuster), 2018. $18. 9781534413627



At the local grocery store there is a stand of pumpkins and they are each excited that it is Halloween and time be chosen and made into a jack o’lantern. Each pumpkin gets picked except for one who realizes that instead of a stem he has stump. He never is chosen but the owner himself turns him into a jack o’l
Sometimes you just have to accept yourself and your circumstances for what they are and make the best of it. The pumpkin in this Halloween picture book is awesome in just about every way: round, big, orange... The only difference between him and the other pumpkins is that he didn't have a stem on top, just a stump...hence, the name "Stumpkin". As the other pumpkins were being purchased and set up in the neighborhood windows as jack o'lanterns, Stumpkin began to wonder if he would ever get to be ...more
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best_2018_jp
Publisher's Weekly Best Books 2018 -Picture Books List

Stumpkin wants nothing more than to be a jack-o-lantern for Halloween. However, there's something different about him from the other pumpkins - he's stemless. As Stumpkin watches the other pumpkins get chosen, he begins to think he'll never become a jack-o-lantern. However, in the end, Stumpkin learns he was right where he was meant to be all along. The storyline of this picture book is cute but nothing extraordinary. The thing which makes it
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you're looking for a new Halloween picture book for 2018, this is about your only choice! Luckily, it's a good one! Cummins offers a gentle little tale of a large, perfectly shaped pumpkin with only one flaw. It lacks a stem. The other pumpkins, and even the odd gourd, in the shop call him Stumpkin (the only taunting or bullying that is depicted, though it could inspire some group discussion about name calling). One by one the others are all purchased and taken away to become jack-o-lanterns. ...more
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's a term of endearment. It's a mode of transportation in a popular fairy tale. It's rich in fiber and low in carbohydrates. It is a popular and main ingredient in food especially during the autumn season. Scientifically, it's known as a fruit but there are those who argue it's a vegetable.

As October 31st draws nearer, grocery stores and farmers' markets are featuring it prominently. Children can hardly wait to find the best one. Stumpkin (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, July 24, 2018) writ
Carly Casassa
"Stumpkin" is unique Halloween story about a stemless pumpkin who dreams of becoming a jack-o-lantern. On the shelves outside a shop in a busy city, a shopkeeper makes a display of orange pumpkins and a single yellow gourd. They are all sizes and shapes and have lovely stems, save for one. Poor Stumpkin worries that, despite his good qualities, his stemlessness will prevent him from becoming a jack-o’-lantern like all the other pumpkins that go home with customers to decorate the windows across ...more
Alicia Evans
What a cute book for Halloween! We see the pumpkin's journey as it waits anxiously on a shelf, waiting for someone to take it home and make it a Jack-o-lantern. The pumpkin worries that no one will love him because he doesn't have a stump, and readers will enjoy trying to guess what will happen next.

For: readers looking for a non-scary Halloween book; fans of Halloween in general.

Possible red flags: The pumpkin worries about his body and thinks no one will love him, which may lead to further com
Roben Closs
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! I read it three times today and have shared it with several people already. I had already chosen books for storytime next week but Stumpkin is taking their place. And I cannot wait to share it with the grands. I hope they love it as much as I do.
I empathized with Stumpkin - not being the first one chosen. And the sadness he felt at being left out - not being turned into a jack-o-lantern like his friends. Plus the suspense at the end - what will happen to poor Stumpkin?
Maria Hatzialexiou
This is a Halloween story that works great for younger children! I loved this book because it does work great for a younger audience. It is not the typical Halloween book. It is not scary or full of monsters and goblins, but a little pumpkin that just wants to be carved into a beautiful jack o lantern like the rest of the pumpkins. Stumpkin is different from the rest of the pumpkins but that’s okay because there is nothing wrong with being different.
Yissel Martinez
I really liked this book, because the images were portrayed in a different way. All the other objects and characters in the book were made dark and colored black, except for the main characters which were the pumpkins. I liked that the book was told from the point of view of the pumpkin and that even though Stumpkin was the only pumpkin that was not picked to get placed on a window sill he ended up being special in the end. This book is also fun for children to read and easy to understand.
Sharon Coffey
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Stumpkin, who sits on display in a store window, looks a little different than the other pumpkins on display. He has one wish-to become a jack-o-lantern. One by one pumpkins leave the store and become smiling jack-o-lanterns. When will it be Stumpkin’s turn? A wonderful fall read with a clever surprise ending.

The art is full of the oranges, blacks and greys associated with this time of year. Gouache paint, pencil, ink, and brush marker bring the illustrations to life.
Ruth Ann
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Is this book bringing attention to the stemless-ness of one pumpkin? In other words, magnifying the difference between the "normal" pumpkins and Stumpkin? That's what it seems....
And the premise feels forced.
(Two stars for the cat and the other pumpkins' consideration to Stumpkin's problem.)
Not my favorite Halloween book, to be sure.
Rosa Cline
Nov 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, halloween, kids
pumpkins sit together before Halloween wondering who will get picked and why people taking them home. but across the street they eventually see their friends light up the windows of the apartment complex. each day a new friend light up a window. But Stumpkin is different he doesn't have a stem,...will anyone take him?
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