- Pumpkinheads Ella’s Toys 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.
Is It Fun?
Like the other books in this series, this one suffers from proscribing behaviors without any real age-appropriate learning. It is not likely that a 2-year-old can ask herself questions about sharing. That kind of socialization has to come from an adult and at a level the child can comprehend. This tale suffers from the imposition of adult sensibilities and the kind of reflection children in the target age aren't capable of.
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 lesson of sharing is muddied, and the consequence of not sharing is unclear in a way that a 2-year-old can understand.
The writing is clumsy and the verses don't scan, making it difficult to read aloud.
The website www.pumpkinheads.com features an online drawing game, animated videos, coloring pages, and worksheets.