Pick a Pumpkin, Mrs. Millie!
Pick a Pumpkin, Mrs. Millie!
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Annotation: Silly teacher Mrs. Millie gets her words wrong when the class goes on a field trip to a pumpkin patch.
Catalog Number: #4477667
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Copyright Date: 2009
Edition Date: 2009
Illustrator: Mathieu, Joseph,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-7614-5573-6
ISBN 13: 978-0-7614-5573-8
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2008029401
Dimensions: 29 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
In Mrs. Millie's third picture-book outing, the irrepressible teacher takes her class on a trip to a pumpkin farm where she confuses hot apple cider with "hot apple spider" and turns jack-o'-lanterns into "gecko'-lanterns." At every turn, the students correct her goofiness, while they, for instance, imagine rakes that are half snake and petting-zoo goats with bodies like boats. It's all in good fun, but grown-ups might tend to tire of the gimmick d the flat, if colorful, cartoonish drawings icker than kids. Perfectly suited to fall storytimes, this is sure to be popular, so buy accordingly.
Horn Book
In this third title featuring the teacher's silly wordplay, Mrs. Millie takes her eager class on a field trip to Farmer Don's pumpkin patch. The students reliably correct her terminology when she misstates wagon as dragon, scarecrow as harecrow, etc. The story, coupled with cheery but bland illustrations, is humorous but grows a bit tiresome.
Publishers Weekly

When exuberant Mrs. Millie takes her kindergarteners to the pumpkin patch, her malapropistic tendencies are in full force. “It's cold today... Don't forget your jackals!” she says, as the laughing kids lift tongue-waggling jackals onto their backs instead of their jackets. Some of the jokes are more on target than others, but Mathieu's artwork adds to the laughs, with images of “round, orange pumas” and a busy game of “hide and sheep” in a corn maze. Ages 4–8. (July)

School Library Journal
K-Gr 2 Mrs. Millie is back and sillier than ever. In this adventure she takes her class to the "pumpkin pets " (patch). They go on a dragon (wagon) ride; see a " harecrow " (scarecrow); pick "round, orange pumas "(pumpkins), drink "hot apple spider " (cider); and mulch (much) more. Cox's wordplay is sure to amuse and entertain. Mathieu's illustrations, done in Prismacolor pencil, dyes, and pen and ink, are better than ever and suffused with fall colors. They show jubilant faces and make the off-the-wall text laugh-out-loud funny as they depict Mrs. Millie's malapropisms. The billy boats and striped bee animals are especially comical. A good addition to autumn storytimes. Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH
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ALA Booklist (11/1/09)
Horn Book
Publishers Weekly
School Library Journal (9/1/09)
Word Count: 427
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.0 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 133838 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:1.3 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q49719
Lexile: AD390L

Silly Mrs. Millie is at it again! In the fall, she takes her kindergartners on a class trip to pick pumpkins for their harvest party. The class has fun guessing the meanings of their favorite teacher's nonsense words. They go on a dragon (wagon) ride, pet the boats (goats), and drink apple spider (cider). Coupled with hilarious artwork in pen, pencil, and colored dyes by Joe Mathieu, the lighthearted text sets a class trip on its ear, even as it teaches a subtle lesson in wordplay.

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