The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave HorowitzThe Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz

The Ugly Pumpkin

byDave HorowitzIllustratorDave Horowitz

Paperback | August 14, 2008

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In time for Thanksgiving, a wacky twist on The Ugly Duckling.

The Ugly Pumpkin has waited all through October for someone to take him home, but no one wants him. He doesn't look like other pumpkins. So the lonely Ugly Pumpkin leaves the patch in search of a place where he'll fit in. By the time Thanksgiving arrives, he discovers the truth about who he is--but it's not what he expected!

Dave Horowitz ( has written and illustrated numerous picture books, including Twenty-six Pirates, Twenty-six Princesses, and Five Little Gefiltes. He lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.
Title:The Ugly PumpkinFormat:PaperbackDimensions:40 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.16 inPublished:August 14, 2008Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0142411450

ISBN - 13:9780142411452

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Halloween Favourite This is the best adaptation of The Ugly Duckling! It is the cutest story of a pumpkin not realizing he's actually a squash. Beautiful illustrations. I would recommend this book to EVERYONE's children in the fall.
Date published: 2017-07-24

Editorial Reviews

"Inventive, amusing, and surprising. . . . Riotously colorful illustrations. . . . The bright colors, bouncy rhymes, and engaging pumpkin combine to make this a charming book . . . with a happy and surprising ending."--School Library Journal"Pumpkin pickers pooh-pooh the orange, barbell-shaped 'ugly pumpkin' in October. Fortunately, November brings the lonesome veggie some new friends and an epiphany. . . . Expressive hand-lettered pages convey strong emotions."--Publishers Weekly"Plenty of visual flash."--Kirkus Reviews"Simple rhyming text. . . . Children familiar with the story of the Ugly Duckling will recognize the parody here. Horowitz creates the mood with a wide range of expressions."--Children's Literature