Wunderli, Stephen. Little Boo. Illustrated by Tim Zeltner. Henry Holt and Company, 2014. unp. $16.99 ISBN:978-0-8050-9708-5 Gr. 2+. P8Q8
A young seed wants to grow up to be a scary plant. As time goes by the seed tries to scare various animals but is always told he is not scary at all. The wind tells seed to be patient that its time to grow is not here yet. Snowflakes fall burying the seed, and the seed sleeps. When it feels the warmth of the sun, it reaches up. The seed starts to grow and again tries to be scary and is told once again that it is not scary. First it grows leaves then flowers and finally a little green fruit begins to emerge. Through all the changes the plant wants to be scary and through all of it the wind whispers to him to be patient. When the fruit gets big enough it is picked. They carve a face into one side and it becomes a Jack-o-lantern and looks scary. I too remember that I wanted to grow and not be smallest in my family. I know that younger children will also associate with the little seed who wants to grow up. The illustrations through the seasons and time are spectacular as you see the little seed grow. December 2014 review by Carol Bernardi.