"The Bumpy Pumpkin" is the endearing story of a sad little pumpkin named the "Bumpy Pumpkin" by his pumpkin patch friends because "he had a very noticeable bump right in the middle of his middle." As children choose their Halloween pumpkins, poor Bumpy is left in the patch, certain that he will never bring joy to a child but will be made into pumpkin pie instead. The story ends as the farmer himself takes Bumpy home, carves him a smile and a nose right where his bump was, and sets aside Bumpy's seeds for the following year's patch. The brightly colored, childlike watercolor pictures add greatly to the story of Bumpy and his quest to make children happy, which is "a pumpkin's true purpose."
This sturdy 17-page paperback retails for $8.95. Though more expensive than I would usually pay for a paperback, this story is likely to be a holiday favorite in our household. A list of retail establishments on their website would allow you to avoid shipping expenses. The website also offers an activity page to color and draw your own version of Bumpy. Families who choose not to celebrate Halloween will want to avoid this book for obvious reasons.