We’re Going on a Pumpkin Hunt


We’re Going on a Pumpkin Hunt…’ it’s going to be a big one‘. Yet, are they scared? Will the trio dressed as a skeleton, witch and mummy manage to traverse a path of scary interlopers? What will they find?

Surely, there won’t be ‘sticky spiders’ cobwebs’ that ‘tickle- swish! tickle-swish! tickle-swish!‘ Thereafter, the friends seem to have to negotiate f’lying, flapping bats!’ They ‘flap-flap, flap-flap, flap- flap’ and get right in the way!

Using the familiar refrain from We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, readers are invited to join the intrepid explorers as they brave the Halloween setting in search of a pumpkin. Will we be scared? With lots of bright, enticing joining in and the bold, captivating pictures of Angie Rozelaar, readers are likely to feel compelled to participate! Bookwagon loves this howlingly great picture book, ideal for sharing at home, nursery or school!


We’re Going on a Pumpkin Hunt

Goldie Hawk and Angie Rozelaar

(Nosy Crow)

We’re Going on a Pumpkin Hunt.–  going to find a big one/ What a beautiful night! We’re not scared. Uh-oh…. What is there? Let’s turn the page to discover? It seems as though what is there might make pumpkin hunters shiver in their skeletons or whine in their witch costume? Surely not…. CATS! Will they go over or under or around them?
Goldie Hawk uses the Michael Rosen/ Helen Oxenbury’s  classic refrain from We’re Going on a Bear Hunt in this Halloween interpretation. Furthermore, there’s the challenge of the pumpkin hunt, rather like Patrica Toht’s classic Pick a Pumpkin. However, what would you do should you come up against cobwebs that ‘Tickle-swish! Tickle-swish! Tickle-swish!’ Then again, what about ‘flying, flapping bats’?
The descriptions are superb and demand to be joined in with. However, Angie Rozelaar’s pictures, with glow-in-the-dark colours, white and black shadows, repetition and bold, clear shapes, are a delight!
So will the trio of Halloween adventurers discover a pumpkin? Furthermore, what about their return journey? Bookwagon recommends We’re Going on a Pumpkin Hunt for sharing at home and school! What a ghoulishly great picture book.


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