Graphic Novel - 2019
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A 2020 Tayshas Reading List Selection
A 2020 Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List Selection

In Pumpkinheads , beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Rainbow Rowell and Eisner Award-winning artist Faith Erin Hicks have teamed up to create this tender and hilarious story about two irresistible teens discovering what it means to leave behind a place--and a person--with no regrets.

Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends.

Every autumn, all through high school, they've worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world. (Not many people know that the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world is in Omaha, Nebraska, but it definitely is.) They say good-bye every Halloween, and they're reunited every September 1.

But this Halloween is different--Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Their last shift together. Their last good-bye.

Josiah's ready to spend the whole night feeling melancholy about it. Deja isn't ready to let him. She's got a plan : What if--instead of moping and the usual slinging lima beans down at the Succotash Hut--they went out with a bang? They could see all the sights! Taste all the snacks! And Josiah could finally talk to that cute girl he's been mooning over for three years . . .

What if their last shift was an adventure?

Publisher: [New York, NY]: First Second, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781626721623
Branch Call Number: YA GN ROWELL R
Characteristics: 224 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Pumpkin heads


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Get on the holds list for this pumpkin patch centered YA graphic novel from Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin Hicks!

Rainbow Rowell writes lovely books (Carry On being ONE OF MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE BOOKS) and Faith Erin Hicks illustrates beautiful graphic novels so I know I'll fall for this.

Pumpkin patches + friendship + general adorableness

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Oct 28, 2020

Very festive, funny, and adorable. A great pick-me-up.

LCPL_Krystyna Oct 07, 2020

Take a trip to the pumpkin patch. This is my favorite graphic novel. It's an adorable coming-of-age story about two best friends that work at a pumpkin patch. It's beautifully illustrated with a great color palette. Recommended for someone looking for a perfect cozy, fall read.

Sep 26, 2020

Really cute, coming of age story about two seasonal best friends heading off to college. Perfect light read for the fall season for any age!

Sep 22, 2020

Pumpkinheads follows two soon-to-be college students enjoying their last Halloween at the pumpkin patch festival that they've worked together for some time. As the two get nostalgic about the end of their traditions, Deja hatches a plan to get Josiah to talk to the girl he's been crushing on for several seasons.

Pumpkinheads doesn't take itself too seriously. It's a great, easy read for people looking for a casual story with fun characters. If you're looking to get into the Halloween/autumn spirit, I'd add this to your list this season. (Then I'd follow it up with some apple cider and Over the Garden Wall—again.) Pumpkinheads is the perfect light read to kick off the season, full of heart and humor. You won't be disappointed.

FPL_Lori Sep 16, 2020

This autumnal graphic novel follows two high school seniors who work at the local pumpkin patch on their last night there. The two characters are complete opposites: Deja is extroverted, action-oriented, and has many friends and acquaintances. Josiah is introverted, believes in fate, and too shy to talk to the girl he likes at the patch. Deja and Josiah bond as they make the night one to remember. Recommended for high school and up who are fans of realistic graphic novels, Autumn, and Rainbow Rowell.

Sep 13, 2020

Pumpkinheads is about co-workers Josie and Deja on the day of the Halloween Festival- which is the last time they’ll be seeing each other before separating paths. They have unique goals to accomplish: Deja wants to try one dish at every snack booth, and Josie wants to talk to the girl he’s had a crush on (upon seeing her at the fudge booth), which they both have to accomplish before the night is over. Only this can be accomplished by skipping their shifts and avoiding trouble from fellow co-workers and the general public. With Deja’s dashing effort and patience with hesitant yet goofy Josie, the two friends go this way and that through the pumpkins and corn mazes, recalling old memories, seeking out the “fudge girl”, and facing true love in this one-night epic tale of a hayride. I really liked this book because of the comedy and overall theme of friendship. I also liked Pumpkinheads for being a one-sitting short read, and the heavy characterization for the two main characters. Being a graphic novel, the pictures were very clear to see and it was engaging to look at the details. The characters also had pretty comical discussions with other characters, deepening Deja’s and Josie’s personalities. It was short and sweet, but I didn’t like this book because the plot wasn’t very complex, and there was only one path of events the characters could follow. Also, it was a little boring on the fact that Deja and Josie kept going back and forth, seeming to make the book drag with no progress. However, in the end, the conclusion added up to be meaningful and sweet.

Sep 08, 2020

I really, really liked this book, but I have mixed feelings about the main character Josiah. Basically in this book Josiah and Deja have been working at this pumpkin patch year after year and Josiah has had a MAJOR crush on "the fudge girl" for 4 years. Josiah literally doesn't even know this girls name but he is convinced that they are soul mates, and they are meant to be together! I personally found this sooo creepy, he literally doesn't even know one thing about her personality but yet he has been completely obsessed with her for 4 years! In real life, that's CRAZY, but in this make believe graphic novel it works, it just made me think twice about how creepy this character would be in real life. Anyway that aside I really did love the pumpkin patch setting in this novel. I have been ready for fall and everything about this graphic novel screams fall/ autumn. I think this novel would be perfect to read around September or October to really get you in the fall spirit. There is pretty much a pumpkin or fall yellow leaf on every single page. It was a beautifully aesthetic book to read. This book literally made me want to sit in a pile of leaves and drink a pumpkin spice latte. Basic I know, but I was here for the setting alone! I also really loved the ending. I don't want to give any spoilers away but I really liked that Josiah grew as a person and realized that his obsession with the fudge girl was just NOT FEASIBLE! I really hope that this book gets a spin off. Deja and Josiah joke about getting jobs as "Santa's Elve's" next and I really just want to read an aesthetically pleasing Christmas graphic novel! I am obsessed with all things fall and Christmas, so I just think the world needs a Christmas spin off from Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin Hicks.

Jul 02, 2020

I don't often read graphic novels, but I love Rainbow Rowell's writing and want to read everything she writes! This was a sweet, fun read.

Jun 25, 2020

I haven’t read many graphic novels but I enjoyed this book so much that I might have to explore the genre more. It’s a cute story with really great illustrations. It’s also a very quick read, which can be great after reading heavier books. Highly recommend for lovers of rom-coms and YA.

Jun 16, 2020

This book is a cozy cuppa pumpkin spice latte topped with whipped cream and cinnamon sprinkles.

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LCPL_Krystyna Oct 07, 2020

“Friends don't let friends live small lives.”

LCPL_Krystyna Oct 07, 2020

"Like every autumn smell all at once."

Oct 24, 2019

"What do we do now? I didn't rehearse this."
"I think..."
"We go to Walgreens and buy half-priced candy."


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