You'll wish for fall whatever time of year you read this!

Summary:

Ever since they were high school freshman, Josiah (aka "Josie") and Deja have worked the pumpkin patch. Now seniors, this is their last time together before going their own way and heading off to college next fall. Before the night is over, each has a goal to accomplish: Deja yearns to try one dish at every snack booth. Josie is going to get up the courage to talk to the girl at the fudge booth, and who he has been crushing on for four years!

They can't accomplish this unless they skip their shifts and avoid  trouble from fellow-coworkers or the general public. With Deja’s dashing effort and patience with hesitant yet goofy Josie, the two friends rush back and forth through the pumpkins and corn mazes, recall old memories, seek out the “fudge girl,” and face true love.


Teen Student Reader (15):
I really like this book because of the comedy and friendship. The characters are what make this book enticing. Deja and Josie have very unique personalities that add to the plot. It is funny to see how they deal with other characters they meet. Because of those pretty comical discussions, Deja and Josie's personalities are deepened.

Pumpkinheads is a read-it-in-one-sitting book, and I like that, too. Being a graphic novel, the pictures are very clear to see,  and it was engaging to look at the details. The story is short and sweet, but I didn’t like the lack of plot complexity. There is only one path of events the characters can follow. Deja and Josie continually going back and forth made the story boring and the book drag (i.e., no progress). The conclusion added up to being meaningful and sweet.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Realism, humor, and expressive characters combine in this "comfortable" read about two friends.

Content Awareness Factors:

There are no factors to be aware of, other than PG romance present throughout the book.


Type of Book:
This is a graphic novel where the story takes place in one evening at a pumpkin patch.
Educational Themes:

This book helped me learn how to work with difficult people and manage positive relations with them. Pumpkinheads implies the importance of doing your job, too, which contrasts the goal of the characters, but the humility and kind service of the characters to others is honorable, because they prioritize their job but still balance personal goals.

It is also educating about maintaining a positive outlook, and being happy with the results. A moral I took from this book is, “Be grateful”, because hard work and looking on the bright side makes any situation seem good because of the people and things you already have.

Reading Level:
2.9
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
13 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
13 and Up
Age of child:
Teen Student Volunteer. Reviewer Age: 15
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This typically entertaining tale is fun to revisit after some time to notice details which you didn't recognize in the first read. The fact that it is a graphic novel makes it fun to have in a personal library.

Title Pumpkinheads: A Graphic Novel
Author Rainbow Rowell
Publisher First Second Books © 2019
Illustrators Faith Erin Hicks
ISBN 9781250312853
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.49
Genres Friendship, Humor, Comics | Graphic Novels
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