Welcome to my latest blog piece which is part of a blog tour for the rather fitting book for the month of October, Christopher Pumpkin published by Hachette. As well as a review of the book I’ll also be sharing some easy peasy edible wands that you and your littles may like to make in the coming days of Halloween.
Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet have written a fun filled read which is complete with many a detailed double page spreads by illustrator Nick East. My girls and I think Christopher Pumpkin is rather adorable and he is also far different from his pumpkin friends in more ways then one.
In spooky Spooksville lives a rather wicked old witch who plans to host a scary party. She can’t possibly do all the work on her own so turns a group of pumpkins into little helpers, including one that is named Christopher Pumpkin.
Christopher is not only different in appearance but he also has unique ideas about what a party should consist of. Bat decorations and spiders, no no no, Christopher believes it should be colourful and fun consisting of balloons, bunting and cupcakes!
One can imagine this doesn’t go well down with the witch and she becomes even more observant of Christopher’s actions. She announces that should he not be able to make elements of the party scary enough, he will be turned into soup.
Complete with its bouncy, rhythmic text, this book is a lovely example of read aloud fun. Parties needn’t be scary and Christopher is true to himself, sharing what he things makes a party but also alarming zombies, his fellow pumpkin friends, the wicked witch and others along the way. My girls and I think the surprise at the end is rather spectacular.
Christopher Pumpkin is an entertaining read but shares a lovely message to readers that staying true to yourself is always best.
As part of the blog tour we wanted to get our chef hats on and make something edible, magical and something that relates to the story. The wicked old witch often uses her crooked wand in the story so we made just that, just perhaps less crooked.
Magical, edible, bread stick wands.
You will need:
Cover a quarter of your bread sticks in melted chocolate and decorate as you wish. We used colourful sprinkles and a candy pumpkin.
Cast a spell and leave to dry.
My girls (5 and 3) absolutely loved making these easy peasy treats and they will tell you that they were rather yummy too.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book complete with goodies from the publishers in exchange for a blog post as part of the blog tour. All words and opinions are entirely my own. This post contains affiliate links.