MacKenzie Haley’s illustrations in DK’s new book, The Happy Pumpkin, are what are driving the stars here. My young co-reviewer thought all of the pictures were cute and said that toddlers and preschoolers would like the book based off the illustrations alone. I would agree with that, and if you want some cute illustrations to narrate a fun book about a pumpkin with your young children, this could fit the needs. However, the actual writing was a big miss for both of us. It wasn’t entertaining. It felt disjointed and forced, and the end came off preachy rather than helping children.
Disclaimer: An advance copy was provided by DK.