Christopher Pumpkin by Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet, illustrated by Nick East

When a wicked witch brings a batch of pumpkins to life, she’s determined to enlist their help in organising the scariest Halloween party ever! What she hadn’t anticipated was one pumpkin, Christopher being the least spookiest pumpkin in the history of pumpkins! Her demands for ghastly decorations, disgusting food and a howling playlist are continually thwarted by Christopher’s jolly bunting, pink cupcakes and gentle guitar music. But when the witch threatens to turn Christopher into soup, he needs to find a way to scare them all, in his own trademark style. A hilarious tale filled with the most disgustingly delightful details that will engage and entertain children. Nick East’s humorous and energetic illustrations complement Paul and Sue’s marvellous rhymes, making this a perfect book so much fun to share and read aloud.

 

 

Make your own Christopher Pumpkin fairy cakes

As part of the blog tour we (actually my teenage daughter) decided to make our very own Christopher Pumpkin style Halloween treats and chose these delicious cupcakes to bake.

 

Ingredients

for the cakes: 115g butter, 115g caster sugar, 2 eggs, 115g self-raising flour, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

to decorate: 85g butter, 225g icing sugar sifted, 1 tablespoon of milk, pink or red food colouring, Haribo hearts

Preheat the oven to 180c

Beat the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale and fluffy, then beat in the eggs, one at a time. Sift the flour into the mixture and fold in, then stir in the vanilla extract

Spoon the mixture into paper case and bake for 18 minutes or until risen

When cool decorate the cakes, put the butter into a bowl and beat until smooth and creamy. Add the sugar, milk and vanilla extract and beat together. Add a few drops of  food colouring until you get the desired colour and stir well.

Pipe the top of the cupcakes with icing and pop on the Haribo hearts (you can then eat the rest of the bag of sweets)

If you don’t fancy making something so perfectly pink, how about trying your hand at a rat’s tail pizza with curried slugs and fried spicy snakes.

Thank you to Alison and Hachette for inviting me to join in with the blog tour and for sending me a gifted copy of this Spooktacular book. ‘Christopher Pumpkin,’ is available to buy now online or from any good bookshop.

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