The Great Pumpkin Contest

The Great Pumpkin Contest
Age Range
4+
Release Date
July 23, 2019
ISBN
978-0062741370
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Mimi and Clara are neighbors. Both cats want to win this fall’s Great Pumpkin Contest. As the competition draws near, Mimi’s pumpkin grows larger...and larger...and LARGER. And soon the pumpkin—and her worries—are bigger than she imagined. Can Clara help Mimi find her way?

With adorable artwork from author and illustrator Angie Rozelaar of Planet Cat Studio, The Great Pumpkin Contest is a perfect Halloween story, and a reassuring reminder that even in a competition, friendship always comes first.

Editor review

1 review
adorable story about friendship
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
THE GREAT PUMPKIN CONTEST is a sweet and fun read about friendship. Mimi and her neighbor Clara are each entering the Pumpkin Contest. Mimi reads books and finds the perfect place to plant and grow her pumpkin. Clara plants from pumpkin seeds randomly. They both let them grow and grow. Mimi’s pumpkin is huge! Clara has a bunch of smaller pumpkins. Both of them are very proud of their pumpkins.

Mimi has a hard time getting her pumpkin to the contest. She gets it into a wheelbarrow and rolls it into town, where it drops and explodes! She runs home sad, where Clara finds her and gives her one of her pumpkins as a gift. Soon, Mimi has a new idea for the contest.

What I loved: This was a highly relatable and adorable story about two cats and a contest. Children can certainly relate not only to contests and hard work, but also friendship and not always succeeding the way you imagined. With the moral of the story being along the lines of friendship being the true prize, this story can resonate across ages. The images are also lovely with lots of bright colors.

Final verdict: This sweet picture book is sure to be a hit with young readers who will enjoy the lovely illustrations and story about friendship. Highly recommend for toddlers through elementary schoolers, especially during the fall!
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