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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 problem—Stumpkin has a stump, not a stem. And no one seems to want a stemless jack-o-lantern for their window.

As Halloween night approaches, more and more of his fellow pumpkins leave, but poor Stumpkin remains. Will anyone give Stumpkin his chance to shine?

About The Author

Photograph by Jonathan Dorfman

Lucy Ruth Cummins is an author, an illustrator, and art director of children’s books. She has been happily paired with Jean Reidy for Truman, which was named a New York Times Best Children’s Book of 2019, and Sylvie. She also is the author-illustrator of A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of AnimalsStumpkin; Vampenguin; and Our Pool. When she was little, she had a pet spider in the shed where her dad kept the lawnmower. Every day little Lucy caught flies and placed them in her spider’s web at mealtimes. Lucy was born in Montreal, raised in upstate New York, and lives with her little family in Brooklyn, New York.

About The Illustrator

Photograph by Jonathan Dorfman

Lucy Ruth Cummins is an author, an illustrator, and art director of children’s books. She has been happily paired with Jean Reidy for Truman, which was named a New York Times Best Children’s Book of 2019, and Sylvie. She also is the author-illustrator of A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of AnimalsStumpkin; Vampenguin; and Our Pool. When she was little, she had a pet spider in the shed where her dad kept the lawnmower. Every day little Lucy caught flies and placed them in her spider’s web at mealtimes. Lucy was born in Montreal, raised in upstate New York, and lives with her little family in Brooklyn, New York.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (July 24, 2018)
  • Length: 56 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781534413627
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8
  • Lexile ® 500L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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Raves and Reviews

"A perfect holiday read-aloud for city kids and ­country dwellers as well." - School Library Journalstarred review

"Clear pictures and simple text pack an emotional punch for the revitalized misfit." - Booklist

"A gentle story about differences, set within a popular holiday's traditions, with striking urban-based illustrations." - Shelf Awareness

"Brilliantly inventive." - Publishers Weeklystarred review

Awards and Honors

  • CCBC Choices (Cooperative Children's Book Council)
  • Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award Semifinalist
  • Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year Selection Title
  • Wisconsin State Reading Association's Reading List

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