The Great Pumpkin Contest (Hardcover)

By Angie Rozelaar, Angie Rozelaar (Illustrator)

Katherine Tegen Books, 9780062741370, 40pp.

Publication Date: July 23, 2019

List Price: 17.99*
* Individual store prices may vary.


When two cats compete in a pumpkin contest, they both win a new friend in this charming story about pumpkins, Halloween, and cats!

Mimi and Clara are neighbors. Both cats want to win this fall’s Great Pumpkin Contest. As the competition draws near, Mimi’s pumpkin grows larger...and larger...and LARGER. And soon the pumpkin—and her worries—are bigger than she imagined. Can Clara help Mimi find her way?

With adorable artwork from author and illustrator Angie Rozelaar of Planet Cat Studio, The Great Pumpkin Contest is a perfect Halloween story, and a reassuring reminder that even in a competition, friendship always comes first.

Praise For The Great Pumpkin Contest

“Her [Rozelaar’s] friendly illustrations are brightly colored and nicely textured, depicting sweater-clad cats with large, round heads and stubby limbs. The anthropomorphic cats’ expressive faces evince a wide range of emotions, including amazement, suspicion, and anger. This lesson in cooperation goes down easy.”
— Kirkus Reviews

Accessible to young readers. The tale of emerging friendship is one to which most can relate. Readers will enjoy the surprise ending and the ways through which Clara and Mimi connect. VERDICT This is an enjoyable and lighthearted story of friendship and collaboration for young children.
— School Library Journal

“This mellow autumn tale’s straightforward text conveys that kindness and teamwork yield the best fruit of all. Playful pastel-toned, mixed-media illustrations reward careful viewers with literary and feline references.”
— The Horn Book

“Rozelaar’s winsome mixed-media pictures [. . .] sweetly portray the blossoming of a friendship.”
— Publishers Weekly