A Graphic Novel

Graphic Novel - 2019
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"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? Beloved writer 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."--Amazon.com.
Publisher: [New York, NY]: First Second Books, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781626721623
Characteristics: 224 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Pumpkin heads : a graphic novel


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Apr 19, 2021

The art is lovely, the characters are super cute, and the plot is a really fun, casual read. **SPOILERS** The only problem I have with the book is that the sort of romantic relationship between Deja and Josiah feels forced and like a cheap ending. Their friendship and individual developments were very good and I think that Josiah's lesson is undermined by the predictable ending.

This is autumn in book form. It's so cute, heartwarming, and cozy, and I couldn't put it down.

IndyPL_TammieB Nov 24, 2020

This is a fun read. The main characters are relatable and realistic. I personally love that the heroine is an everyday average girl and not the one that looks like a supermodel. I must also mention that this pumpkin patch has got to be the biggest and coolest one ever! (Not many people know that the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world is in Omaha, Nebraska, but it definitely is. I may have to make a trip there!) The ending of the book is a bit predictable, but the adventure to get there takes many fun twists and turns. Overall this is a cute story with great artwork and an enjoyable read.

JCLHebahA Nov 16, 2020

Charming fall read. It's sweet and wistful and funny, exactly the sort of quirky love story you can expect from Rainbow Rowell.

JCLHilaryS Nov 09, 2020

Pumpkinheads is all the best things of fall wrapped up in one glorious graphic. It perfectly captures that bittersweet moment of endings and new beginnings simultaneously. The best part of any Rainbow Rowell book is that it’s all about the relationship without being about the Relationship itself. It’s focus is on all the little things and small feelings that build a connection between characters. The illustrations are wonderful and do a great job of capturing and presenting the perfect moments of autumn.

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.

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IndyPL_TammieB Dec 20, 2020

"Are you kidding me!? Did you really spend 3 years talking to me about another girl just to do THIS on our last night?!"

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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IndyPL_TammieB Nov 24, 2020

Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends. They have spent every autumn working together at the pumpkin patch. This year they are seniors and are preparing to go off to college. It is their last night of their last season and Deja wants to go out with a bang! Will she be able to get Mr. 4 out 5 Most Valuable Pumpkin Patch Person of the month to loosen up and celebrate with her? They spend the evening on a mission that redefines its success as it goes.


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