Kids Book Review: Night Night, Pumpkin by Amy Parker

Night Night, Pumpkin

Night Night, Pumpkin

Author: Amy Parker
Illustrator: Virginia Allyn
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (July 28, 2020)
Board Book, 20 pages
Age Range: 3 – 5 years


Night Night, Pumpkin from bestselling and award-winning author-illustrator team Amy Parker and Virginia Allyn is the second seasonal addition to the popular Night Night line of storybooks. 

This read-aloud board book for 3 to 5 year olds follows a puppy in a pumpkin costume as he says goodnight to the things he encounters on a fall day features rhyming text, charming artwork, and fun scenes of animals enjoying the wonders of autumn fosters gratitude for all God’s fall blessings Night Night, Pumpkin could be a fun back-to-school gift for preschoolers and kindergarteners, a sweet Halloween or Thanksgiving reading treat, or simply a new bedtime book to enjoy as the leaves change. Little ones will love snuggling into a fall evening as they say “night night” to a day of colorful adventures.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book is written in a sort of rhyming scheme that mostly very lyrical and only at times a little bit forced sounding. The pictures are really cute, with some little hidden things to point out to littles (like a pair of mice that is sometimes in sort of silly places!) The formula is predictable enough that my 4 year old was repeating “night night, apples” and the like on each page, which was adorable. There are some mentions of God making the stars and the like, so know that’s there whichever way you swing on having God in your children’s books. It’s a great length and theme for a bedtime story.

Guest review by James (age 6):
“It was so good that I loved it. My favorite part was the pumpkins.”
What was your favorite part? “The hay bale one that I loved.”
Were there any parts you didn’t like? “I didn’t like the leaf one.”
Would you read it again? “Yeah.”

Guest review by Link (age 4):
“It was good, good, good. I would say, the 100 good.”
What was your favorite part? “The cows… Yeah, I love cows.”
Were there any parts you didn’t like? “My part where I didn’t like, is like the one… The one I don’t like is the corn one, because corn is kind of gross.”
Would you read it again? “Yup!”

A digital ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.

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