The Roll-Away Pumpkin

Recommended for readers aged 2 to 5

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“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

“This book combines patterns with some classic onomatopoeia to create a very silly story that your kids are sure to enjoy. And it’s perfect for the whole season! While a lot of fall books stick strictly to Halloween, this includes the sights and sounds of fall itself – which we love best of all.” Book Nook NYC

“Being a seasonal book, it is safe to say this won’t likely get worn out, and may even become a seasonal tradition – likely in my house to say the least! A winner for sure!” ErmaReads

“It makes a wonderful bedtime story, one that’s perfect for these chilly autumn nights.” A Southern Girl’s Bookshelf 

Hardcover Edition
38 pages
8.5 x 0.25 x 8.5 inches

Paperback Edition
38 pages
8.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches

Kindle Edition
38 pages
Text Pop-Up Enabled


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.

From the author

From the author:

The Roll-Away Pumpkin is a short and simple story written for early and beginner readers. The use of repetitive language and highlighted keywords throughout the book makes the text appealing to very young children—toddlers and preschoolers. Children tend to listen to books with patterns and the predictive nature of The Roll-Away Pumpkin aims to help young readers develop early reading skills.It is also a visual feast for both the young and the young at heart! Owing to Daniela Volpari’s exquisite artwork, each page, with its warm and vibrant autumn hues, will get you in the mood to welcome the fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving—all perfect opportunities to enjoy the pumpkin season. ~Junia Wonders

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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. […] every child can benefit from learning the universal message the book teaches: helping each other and sharing your rewards.” -Joseph Yu, Reviewer

“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.”-Lucy Garcia-Storey, Reviewer

Gorgeously illustrated book! A pleasure to go through. In its simplicity, it is brilliant!” -Ina Ana, Reviewer

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.” -Daine, Reviewer

“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!” -Virginia, Reviewer

My class certainly enjoyed this rollicking adventure of a little girl and her pumpkin! We think you will enjoy it, too.” -Babs, Reviewer

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.” -Reynold Jay, Reviewer

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 story and art, together with the professional book design ranks this title up there with the best of the bunch. Highly enjoyable.” -Daniel Middleton, Reviewer

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