Mr Pumpkin’s Tea Party

My debut picture book!
Published by blue manatee press.
Release date September 2019.

“There’s a party at Mr Pumpkin’s tonight,
A banquet with friends in autumn twilight.
And at this soiree we’ll see and we’ll find,
Ghoulish delights of every kind.”

You are cordially invited to Mr Pumpkin’s Tea Party–a delightfully quirky twist on a counting book, incorporating gorgeous, deep-hued watercolor illustrations, as well as spooky elements and characters at an unexpectedly charming tea party. A perfect read for when there is a crisp chill in the air.

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"Barker’s illustrations are a delight... Visually sparkling…" - Kirkus Reviews

“Rhyming verses and watercolor artwork show each party goer as a glowing sunset makes way for the rising moon. Count from one to thirteen as haunting, lovely ladies and gentlemen of lore and legend arrive with refreshments and decorations befitting a late autumn evening of fun and friendship.” -Foreword Reviews

“Formal wear (Baron Laguna sports a bowtie), tidy tea etiquette, and delicious homemade goodies—Mr. Pumpkin’s berry-topped cake, Lord Wolfington’s scones—portray this Halloween celebration as a quiet, stylish gathering framed by the counting sequence and the rhyming lines. Just right for fear-averse Halloween revelers.” - Publishers Weekly

A Fall 2019 Kids’ Indie Next List Pick: “This delightful Halloween-themed counting book introduces Mr. Pumpkin’s monstrous guests one by one as they arrive with their delectable contributions to his tea party. Soft and humorous illustrations with just the right amount of spookiness will surely make this a seasonal favorite.” — Betsy Covert, The Toadstool Bookshop - Keene, NH