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It's Not About You, Mr. Pumpkin
A Love Letter About the True Meaning of Halloween
Love Letters Book Series/ Morgan James Kids
Soraya Diase Coffelt
Illustrated by Tea Seroya

Morgan James Publishing
August 11, 2015 / ISBN 978-1630476397
Children ages 5-10 / Christian related / Holiday: Halloween

Reviewed by Linda Morelli


It's Not About You, Mr. Pumpkin is a delightful book dealing not with goblins and witches, but with the true meaning of Halloween. The book has wonderful illustrations, skillfully rendered by Tea Seroya, and written with informative and non-threatening facts about the origins of the holiday most all kids love.

The whimsical illustrations skillfully illustrate the author's explanations of the reason behind the carving of the first pumpkin. I loved the comment about brushing our teeth so ours don't fall out. She also explains where the holiday originated and why the phrase "trick or treat" began. People long ago believed in evil spirits, and decorated their homes with frightening objects to scare those spirits away. Many of the costumes today stem from costumes people wore in olden times.

I adore the cute illustrations and the delightful way the author has explained the holiday in easy- to-understand passages that are often funny and always charming. It's Not About You Mr. Pumpkin takes the scary out of Halloween, and the author does a great job of tying the old customs and beliefs to the new. The author's lyrical writing makes for a fun and delightful book that is fun to read without being scary or violent, and one that children will turn to again and again.

Reviewer's Notes: Soraya Diase Coffelt is a lawyer and lay children's minister, and established the non-profit corporation, As the Stars of the Sky Foundation, Inc., to assist the physical and spiritual needs of children. All profits from the sale of her books go toward the foundation.

Reviewer Linda Morelli is the award winning author of three published romance novels.
Reviewed 2015