When Tyler was a month old, five years ago, Grant eagerly bought our son a couple of Halloween books. The only problem was they were for toddlers, at least. “We can’t read these to him!” I said, laughing. “Oh, I didn’t know, they just looked so cute.”
One of them was Spookley the Square Pumpkin and maybe I did try reading it to him, I did have a captive audience; he certainly was no critic!
Since 2006 I have been reading Spookley to Tyler every Halloween and have found the little square pumpkin to be getting more popular every year! If you are not familiar with little Spookley, he happens to be the only square pumpkin in the pumpkin patch and all of the other pumpkins make fun of him. He has trouble doing pumpkin things like rolling around. In the end a fence breaks due to a huge storm and Spookley winds up saving the day because he is able to wedge his little square body into a hole in the fence and all of the round pumpkins bump up against him.
I won’t ruin the end of the book for you but the theme is that just because someone is different does not mean they are not the same inside, or can do things even better than you can sometimes. It’s a good lesson for every child, but as the years go by, even more so for our family.
Spookley now has a movie which came out a couple of years ago. It’s pretty good, except they change things a bit to make it longer. They now have Spookley stuffed pumpkins to cuddle with. This year there is even a Spookley app which I downloaded for Tyler and we both love it. It is the whole story with sound effects and touch activities throughout. It was well worth the $2.99 I paid for it. Now we can enjoy Spookley in a whole new way!
I guess Grant can really pick ’em.