This is a wonderful, not-so-scary, Fall story for young chapter book readers. The antics of the frolicking, mischief-making pup are sure to capture the attention of both boys and girls and keep the pages turning as they follow Rosco, and his human family, throughout his adventurous day!
Title: Rosco the Rascal Visits the Pumpkin Patch
Author: Shana Gorian
Illustrator: Ros Web
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Available Editions: Kindle | Paperback
Summary: On a sunny autumn day, brother and sister James and Mandy head to the pumpkin patch with their friendly dog, Rosco, to choose a pumpkin for Halloween. While riding a hay wagon, visiting a petting zoo, and joining the kids on a scavenger hunt, Rosco sometimes makes mischief. But when James and Mandy find that two bullies are scaring other kids deep inside the corn maze, will Rosco shape up and help out? Join the kids and their rascally dog in this wholesome family adventure, a wonderful autumn read for kids.
How it begins
Normally, I would describe the opening scene, however, the first thing that popped up on my Kindle was a quote by Theodore Roosevelt.
“Knowing what’s right
doesn’t mean much unless you
do what’s right.”
Powerful words, which brought an instant smile to my face. I knew the story that would unfold would be weaved with messages that a child could learn from, and that would hopefully, linger long after the book was closed.
I grew up with dogs. My very first of which was a German Shepherd by the name of Sam. Although, as kids, we loved to call him SamTam. As my childhood years passed, more dogs joined our family. I always loved their antics, which is why I believe I enjoyed hearing Rosco’s thoughts in these quotes.
I love to play keep-away, Rosco thought.
Now, you must imagine Rosco chasing after your run-away pumpkin as it rolls down the hill, and then playing keep-away as he taunts you.
This game never gets old, Rosco thought.
Let’s be honest, how many times have you looked into your dog’s eyes and just knew he/she was laughing at you? That’s exactly how you felt when seeing the world through Rosco’s eyes. His playfulness leapt off the page.
“Nostrils flaring and chin held high, James stood strong but tongue-tied.
He’d been surprised at the cruelty of the boys’ voices and wasn’t sure how to proceed.”
This quote takes on a more serious tone. Sadly, children are often faced with this dilemma in their daily lives. It’s not easy to take a stand against a group of bullies. It is an issue that plagues the world. However, this young man does an admirable job of keeping his cool and defending those younger than himself.
What I enjoyed about this book
- It is an easy read and the story had a natural progression as you moved throughout the family’s day.
- The wholesome characters are to be commended. James (the older brother) was a good role model for his younger sister, Mandy. One one occasion, his behavior was a reminder to the younger character that one must sometimes put the needs of other’s ahead of your own wishes. I always enjoy a book with a message! Especially when written in such a way that it does not make a child feel lectured.
- Although outnumbered by a trio of boys, James stood up for his younger sister and an injured child in need. Once again, proving an underlying strength. Albeit, I’m sure it helps when you have a growling pup at your side! Regardless, he faced his fear to protect Mandy and their new friend.
From runaway pumpkins, to petting zoo mishaps, and mischief in the corn maze—not to mention the smile inducing pup—makes this a cute book to introduce to young readers during the Fall season. As mentioned, it is a not-so-scary alternative to traditional Halloween books. For average readers, I would recommend this book as a read aloud for Kindergarten through 1st grade and as a read alone book for second and third graders.
I met Shana Gorian when she reached out and introduced herself and asked me to be a guest on her blog for a Q & A session. Interested in learning more about her work, I purchased Rosco the Rascal Visits the Pumpkin Patch. It wasn’t originally my intent to write a book review, however, after reading Rosco’s adventures, I knew it would be the perfect Fall addition to your child’s library.
The Kindle version of this book is currently 99¢, which is an excellent bargain! I am not sure if this is a Fall/Halloween special, or regular price, but it is certainly worth adding this book to your child’s Kindle! The paperback version is reasonably priced at $5.99. I’m sure you can already hear my next words–why not buy both? I love when children have multiple options. Why? Because it means you can always satisfy their need to read—even while on the go!
Happy Halloween everyone!