The Roll-Away Pumpkin

Suitable for readers aged 2 to 5


“Marla Little’s pumpkin is rolling away! Can she catch it before it’s gone forever? Readers both young and young at heart will delight in this lovely, whimsical tale.“ ~BookBub

On a windy autumn day, Marla Little comes running down the hill, yelling, “Help! My giant pumpkin is rolling away! Onward it goes, rolling and turning, with no sign of stopping! Diddle-dee-doo! Oh, what shall I do?”

A little girl chases her giant pumpkin all over town with some help along the way. Featuring a cast of delightful characters and beautifully illustrated with memorable scenes, you’ll love reciting “Diddle-dee-doo! Oh, what shall I do?”  together with your little pumpkin.

It’s perfect for teaching sequencing to preschool and kindergarten children, and it’s a fun way to introduce your little one to nostalgic characters such as the farmer, the baker, the milkman, and so on. Older preschoolers or kindergarteners may enjoy retelling the story. Try asking your little one who’s running after the pumpkin and to guess what will happen next!

There’s more: This adorable little story is a celebration of pumpkins and all vegetables during the fall harvest season. With the townsfolk dressing up as vegetables, this picture book will get kids excited about Halloween!

The book is exquisitely illustrated by award-winning Italian illustrator Daniela Volpari. Every page is a beautiful work of art, making this one of those picture books whose images will linger long after you’ve turned the page.

Get your copy of this book now and inspire your kids to share and to help others.

This book would make the ideal gift for your child to get ready for the fall or autumn season, Halloween, and Thanksgiving—all perfect opportunities to introduce your little one to the wonderful world of pumpkins.

The Roll-Away Pumpkin is:

  • recommended for toddlers and preschoolers aged 2 to 5 years.
  • a delightful and whimsical children’s picture book for early and beginner readers.
  • written with repeating sentence structures to capture young listeners’ attention and give early readers confidence.
  • beautifully illustrated with exquisite autumn hues, brimming with expression and humor that small children will love.
  • a charming little story that teaches the joy of helping one another and sharing.
  • entertaining—the book is full of funny situations that are sure to elicit plenty of giggles.
  • perfect for teaching sequencing to preschool and kindergarten children at home or in the classroom.

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* 5 out of 5 stars
October 24, 2020 | By Joseph Yu
A wonderful Thanksgiving read
Good chefs often say “the simplest dishes are the hardest to make well.” I’d say the same goes for stories. Leave it to great storyteller Junia Wonders and her talented illustrator Daniela Volpari to turn a simple story of a rolling pumpkin into an exciting tale and a visual treat. The artistically laid out texts, the short but emotion-charged dialogue and the beautifully drawn pages that flow so seamlessly one into the other, will keep your young ones enchanted and caught up in the chase. Even though the story and the language are simple, we decided to read it at our mixed age group Bedtime Story program (aged 4-8) for Thanksgiving because even the older kids will enjoy the action and the exquisitely detailed graphics in the story. Not to mention every child can benefit from learning the universal message the book teaches: helping each other and sharing your rewards.

* 5 out of 5 stars
October 4, 2017 | By Lucy Garcia-Storey | Format: Kindle Edition | Verified Purchase –
“Read it to my granddaughter and we just loved it. We made it a game while reading. Try and remember who was running after the pumpkin and how many. Good fun and a teaching book.

* 5 out of 5 stars
September 27, 2017 | By Ina Ana | Format: Kindle Edition | Verified Purchase –
“Gorgeously illustrated book! A pleasure to go through. In its simplicity, it is brilliant!”

* 5 out of 5 stars
June 9, 2017 | By Diane | Format: Kindle Edition |
Great for beginning readers
I love the repetition it helps to keep her interested. My daughter like the catchy tune and it is a great time to read this during fall.”

* 5 out of 5 stars
January 11, 2017 | By AC | Format: Kindle Edition | Verified Purchase –
I liked it!
“I liked the entire story because it was funny, really funny! I really liked the illustrations and writing and colors. I would recommend this book!”

* 5 out of 5 stars
November 7, 2016 | By Jane Jones – TOP 1000 Reviewer | Format: Kindle Edition | Verified Purchase –
“Marla Little is off chasing The Roll-Away Pumpkin with the help of her friends. The children love the repeating phrases and the way the book has a rhythm. The ending with everyone enjoying pumpkin soup is a good way to show children how communities come together and share experiences. This is one of the children’s favorite books that they ask for often.

The illustrations are wonderful and fit the story in a way that makes the book attractive to both children and adults.

* 5 out of 5 stars
October 7, 2016 | By Kindle Customer | Format: Kindle Edition |
Great Fall Book!
“Very cute Autumn book! The repetition is great for the kids and I got to introduce pumpkin soup and other great healthy veggie soups to them in the kitchen. The illustrations are also gorgeous!”

* 5 out of 5 stars
October 1, 2016 | By Pigglies| Format: Kindle Edition |
Excellent illustrations
Loved the beautiful illustrations in this book. The repetition in the book kept my toddler interested in the story as well.”

* 5 out of 5 stars
September 22, 2016 | By Mandy Leppard | Format: Kindle Edition |
A wonderful story! 
“I’m an adult who read this when I couldn’t sleep. I love the story and the pictures. I look forward to reading it to my nieces and nephews.”

* 5 out of 5 stars
September 19, 2016 | By Kindle Customer | Format: Kindle Edition | Verified Purchase –
Cute children’s book about a pumpkin that is rolling away. As each person is warned to get out of the way of the pumpkin, they join in the chase until it becomes a vegetable parade. Cute illustrations and a lilting storyline make this a story that children will want to read again and again.”

* 5 out of 5 stars
September 19, 2016 | By Tim and Kristy | Format: Kindle Edition | Verified Purchase –
Entertaining and easy
“This book has wonderful illustrations. It is also repetitious making it easy for my six year old to read. He is not enthusiastic about reading but he enjoyed this book.”

* 5 out of 5 stars
September 16, 2016 | By Virginia Hanslien | Format: Kindle Edition | Verified Purchase –
I love it when books for kids have one or two parts that are repeated so kids can participate in the repetition. Beyond that, it’s a lovely fall story with great illustrations about a pumpkin! Lovely, lovely, lovely!”

* 5 out of 5 stars
November 7, 2015 | By Becky L | Format: Kindle Edition | Verified Purchase –
“This is a charming little book. My grandson wants to read it again and again! The illustrations are lovely and the story is sweet. I would highly recommend this book.”

* 5 out of 5 stars
October 28, 2015 | By Amazon Customer | Format: Paperback Edition |
Fun Chase
“BEAUTIFUL illustrations!!!! I loved soaking up all the details of each colorful page. Sweet story of the town’s people helping to catch the roll away pumpkin. I had a good chuckle at the baby in the tomato costume. Very fun read! Thank you, Ms Wonders.

* 5 out of 5 stars
October 13, 2015 | By Babs | Format: Kindle Edition | Verified Purchase –
My class certainly enjoyed this rollicking adventure of a little girl and her pumpkin! We think you will enjoy it, too.”

* 5 out of 5 stars
August 12, 2015 | By theUncraftyMama | Format: Paperback Edition |
“I read this book on my Kindle to my kids and it was thoroughly enjoyed by all. The story builds in characters as the giant pumpkin rolls through a very lovely town. The illustrations are fantastic and the characters unique. A beautiful little red-headed girl leads the chase of her two-way pumpkin. Simple story without being too basic. It’s simply a lovely book all around. It’s a harvest festival feel and makes me long for autumn to arrive. We will purchase this book to have on our shelves! Would make a lovely gift!”

* 5 out of 5 stars
July 25, 2015 | By Jane K | Format: Kindle Edition | Verified Purchase –
“This book has the most beautiful illustrations. It was a cute story that my boys enjoyed and the repetition works here.”

* 5 out of 5 stars
July 13, 2015 | By Melissa | Format: Kindle Edition | Verified Purchase –
“A very cute fast paced children’s book. My daughter really enjoyed it.”

* 5 out of 5 stars
November 12, 2014 | By Reynold Jay | Format: Kindle Edition |
Award winning story and art that belongs in every young person’s library. 
“This is an award winning quality children’s book that will entertain young and old alike. It belongs in everyone’s library and I imagine that it will soon sit in libraries across the world awaiting readers. I found the illustrations to be outstanding and the story as much so.
Five stars for this wonderful book.”

* 5 out of 5 stars
November 12, 2014 | By Daniel Middleton | Format: Kindle Edition |
This Might Possibly be an Instant Classic
“…This was a clever story written in a manner that may well render it timeless, as it evokes classic tales that will leave you feeling nostalgic. That brings me to the artwork. One word comes to mind when describing Daniela Volpari’s art: quintessential. The pages look and feel like an exquisite children’s book, from the character renderings to the backgrounds and color schemes. Subtle gradients and expert highlighting and shadowing create an almost 3D effect that lifts the elements from the page. The story and art, together with the professional book design ranks this title up there with the best of the bunch. Highly enjoyable.

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This book is also available in Italian, German, French, SpanishJapanese, and Portuguese.