Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere, and most of them are gigantic and awesome. From the carved-out pumpkin boat races in Vermont to the hot air balloon fiesta in New Mexico to the world’s tallest roller coaster in New Jersey, pumpkins lead you on a guided tour of some of the country’s finest tourist destinations. Imagine a pumpkin spanning the Grand Canyon, a pumpkin oil shark in Texas, or a pumpkin helping guide ships to safety with the lighthouses in North Carolina. You’ll find it all in this adorable picture book.
Author/illustrators are so amazing! I don’t know if an author could have sold this book on their own, but Mr. Wendell Minor did a great job making kind of a bizarre idea work really well. My kids all loved the pictures, especially the ones of the New Mexico balloon fiesta and the Grand Canyon, because they’ve been to those places and thought it was so silly to imagine having giant pumpkins there. My favorite part was, in a boring grown-up way, the end pages, where all the actual tourist sites and events are briefly described. I was especially overjoyed to discover that there is a real live place in Vermont where they carve out gigantic pumpkins, use them as boats, and race them. My husband immediately looked it up and found a video of it on You Tube and we all watched it together and had a great family time. I now have a new item on my bucket list- anyone want to help me grow a 2,000 pound pumpkin?
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See a video of a giant pumpkin boat race, known as a pumpkin regatta, it’s awesome.