- Pumpkinheads Love Monster Lulu published by Nina Charles Publishing
- Written by: Karen Kilpatrick
- Illustrated by: Tara Louise Campbell
- We recommend this book for kids ages 2 and up
What It Is
Pumpkinheads is a book series designed to introduce young children to the valuable lessons of appreciation, tolerance, perseverance, kindness, generosity, self-esteem, and acceptance. Created by a mother, the goal of the books is to foster positive emotional development in children during their most formative years. There are currently six books in the series (each sold separately) with more to be released in the future. Some of the books include Ella's Toys, which is all about sharing; Danza's Message, which follows an imaginative little girl who loves herself just the way she is; and Love Monster Lulu, a sweet story about the importance of family. Each book is written by Karen Kilpatrick with illustrations by Tara Louise Campbell and editing and art direction by An-Lon Chen.
Love Monster Lulu mostly seems to be about fear of abandonment, but it's not really resolved at the end.
Is It Fun?
The simple text and rhymes combined with colorful illustrations might make these books engaging for young readers. (The verses are sub-par, however, and most of them don't scan, which makes them a little hard to read out loud.)
Lulu seems like an unpleasant child, which is probably not what the authors want to model.
Who It’s For
The Pumpkinheads Book Series is for ages 2–6. We think the books will appeal more to kids on the younger end of that age range.
What To Be Aware Of
The website www.pumpkinheads.com features an online drawing game, animated videos, coloring pages, and worksheets.