The Perfect Pumpkin Pie
Atheneum, 2005 (2005)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
r. Wilkerson is a grump, a Halloween Scrooge who doesn't deserve the aromatic pumpkin pie that the agreeable Mrs. Wilkerson serves him. When she comments sweetly, '
After we pass on ... there will be
no more pie
', he shouts '
Then I AIN'T GOIN'!
' but (this being a spooky story) dies soon afterwards anyway. His wife buries him in the pumpkin patch, sells up and leaves. Jack and his grandmother move in.
t Halloween, a ghost drifts in, bringing a cold draft and demanding a '
perfect pumpkin pie
', with threats of perpetual haunting (Denys Cazet's illustrations do a fantastically funny job of the dead Mr. Wilkerson, fork stuck in his head, at the ready). Grandma takes it nonchalantly, saying '
We'll show the old fuddy-duddy what a perfect pie is all about!
' as she adds more cinnamon. She does make a pie to his satisfaction and he's finally laid to rest ... or is he?
he Perfect Pumpkin Pie
is a cute story, full of ghostly fun, about a grouchy oldster who'll even come back from the dead for that perfect piece of pie - as the holiday season approaches, can any of us blame him?
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