Winnie’s Amazing Pumpkin

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Winnie's Amazing Pumpkin by Valerie Thomas, Illustrated by Korky Paul, book reviewMy six year old daughter is an enormous fan of the Winnie the Witch books by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul – so much so that she virtually knows some of the earlier books off by heart. Therefore she was delighted to receive another Winnie book for her birthday. This time it was ‘Winnie’s Amazing Pumpkin‘ which is a fabulous fun tale!

In this book we discover that Winnie loves all sorts of vegetables but her absolute favourite has to be pumpkin. However it is extremely difficult flying off to the market each week and bringing back all the veg on her broomstick along with Wilbur her cat. Therefore Winnie decides to start planting her own vegetables in the garden but as that don’t seem to be growing quickly enough she decides to cast a spell! Unfortunately the spell works a bit too well and soon the garden is so overrun with vegetables that Winnie and Wilbur can’t even get out of the house. On top of everything, including the house is an enormous giant pumpkin that is in danger of flattening everything in sight! It’s time for a bit more magic! But what’s to be done with that huge pumpkin? Typically Winnie comes up with a zany idea and one that will solve all of her market travelling problems!

Winnie’s Amazing Pumpkin is as wonderful as all of the other Winnie the Witch books and my daughter loved it as much as all of the others. She is very familiar with Winnie’s madcap ideas and the long suffering Wilbur and she loved the fact that this book was just as mad as all the others she had read. She adores the character of Winnie with her long wiry hair, gregarious outfits and stripy tights. (In facts she recently dressed up as Winnie for her school’s World Book Day celebration!).

Korky Paul’s illustrations are always brilliant and he puts so much detail into every page that it is definitely worth spending a lot of time pouring over each one which is what we love to do. He also has a habit of hiding characters from his other books and now that we know that we are on the look out and we definitely found them in ‘Winnie’s Amazing Pumpkin‘.

My six year old’s reading is also starting to take off and she generally finds the words in the text quite accessible and loves taking turns reading with me. She particularly loves reading the word ‘Abracadabra’ in a very loud voice and that one occurs quite a few times throughout the book! There is also some lovely vocabulary used throughout the story and my daughter particularly enjoys reading Winnie’s cry of ”Blithering Broomsticks!’.

Overall we think this is a brilliant book and a wonderful addition to our Winnie collection. I think it is likely to appeal to both small girls and boys and also, most importantly as we are the ones that have to read it time and again, parents!


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Winnie's Amazing Pumpkin
by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul

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Written by kingfisher

My name is Jo and I have been married to Simon for nine years. We have two beautiful daughters – Rachel who is six and Natalie who is almost five and starting school in January. I also have two step children aged twenty one and seventeen so family life is never dull. I also manage to work three days for a local education authority where I support the teaching of literacy in primary schools. I love my job and it’s ideal for a book lover like me. In my spare time I run, dance and occasionally tread the boards with my local amateur dramatics group. My first love is reading though and you will never find me without a book on the go. My husband is also an avid reader and we are hoping to pass on our love of reading to our daughters. They certainly love their bedtime stories every night. Although I have and English degree and I am familiar with most of the classics, I generally read much lighter stuff these days. It’s mainly ‘chic lit’ but I also enjoy a good thriller or courtroom drama. I have so many favourite authors and this list tends to change regularly depending on what I am reading.

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