My Happy Pumpkin: God’s Love Shining Through Me by Crystal Bowman

The Synopsis:

Small children will eagerly open this pumpkin-shaped board book to discover the delightful story and colorful illustrations, by artist Claudine Gevry. Using sing-song rhyme, author Crystal Bowman describes a fun fall tradition carving a pumpkin face. But she adds a twist that helps preschoolers grasp the concept of God s life-changing love for them. Just like we scoop out all the slop found inside a pumpkin, God makes us clean on the inside too.

I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.


Colorful pages, rhyming sentences, and excellent descriptions greet young readers in this book perfect for the Autumn season!

Halloween is a very controversial topic amongst Christian families, however regardless of your stance, this book does well at bringing the Light of the World into such a dark holiday. The illustrations of the pumpkin carving as compared to how God shapes our lives is well-described and easy to understand for children.

Personally, I would have preferred a twist in this book, such as turning the pumpkin into a pie or something aside from the tell-tale face of a Jack-O-Lantern, but that is just because I am not a fan of the holiday at all.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars and do recommend it if your family is seeking to bring light into Halloween.

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