I am sorry to say I was disappointed in the story of Mr. Pumpkin’s Tea Party. A child will probably enjoy the counting aspect and enjoy seeing all the goodies and people that are coming to the tea party, but this story has been done before.
This is not to say Erin Barker’s book is bad. Far from it. It is a delightful Autumn story. It is great for Halloween without being SPOOKY. But not really spooky-spooky, you know? It is a cozy book. It is a book about friends having a party.
There is a feel of the classics. Not just classical stories (like Alice in Wonderland), or even in the classical style of writing, but contemporary classics (Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving came to mind). My point, I guess, is this book has simple layers that will find the right reader, when that reader happens along.
However, the illustrations were what made this book for me. They are far out sweet and perfectly fitting for the season. While they are colorful, they are not overpowering. It is all an overall a treat for the eyes. Each page is homey. You know these people; they are your friends, too. They make me happy. I rather look at them then (unfortunately) read the text. In my humble opinion, Baker’s talent is her art. I will for certain follow her as an artist.
As readers, and therefore as reviewers, we have the unique privilege of being able to see a book and know that while it is not Your Book, it is Someone’s Book. And I hope that someone who reads my review is the right reader for Mr. Pumpkin’s Tea Party.
(images from internet)