Illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott
My reviewrating: 4 of 5 stars
age: Preschool & up
themes: gardening, harvest, humor, rhyme, making do
When Mrs. McNosh plants a squash she gets more than she bargained for!
With rhyming prose, this story is sure to delight young readers with every turn of the page. My daughter (5) giggled throughout the book and enjoyed the "surprise" ending. The illustrations are simple, and colorful and lots of fun. In fact, I think that fun is what this book is all about as it keeps both children and adults laughing. And I admit...I enjoy a good laugh during the bedtime book as the next mom.
We purchased this book from a Scholastic book order. It was the $1 book and I am very happy to have made the investment. While the illustrations could be more exciting and the text could be more engaging and the theme could be more deep, it really is just a fun enjoyable read for young kids.
This is a great book to read with a young child to help them develop their ability to predict what will happen next. Try reading a page and then asking, "What do you think is going to happen next?" The fun comes as the child sees whether his/her predictions come true or if it is something even more outrageous than he/she thought!