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Old 02-03-2013, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Canada
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Back in the late 60s, early 70s, the local grocery store carried a selection of paperback books for children. They would have had the same publisher, such as Scholastic, but I don't think they were Scholastic. And I would save my allowance and buy these books because they were often the only books I had.

There were Aesop's Fables and other children's renditions of classics, and then there was a book of short stories, and one story has stuck in my head - it was about a pumpkin (I think it was an evil pumpkin) and it broke and a farmer's field ended up growing full of evil pumpkin heads. I found the story very gruesome for some reason but I can't for the life of me think who might have written it or what it might have been called.
I think it was set in Italy - Europe anyway, not the US.

I don't know if this was a classic, if it was perhaps a Roald Dahl story? In my memory the story was strangely dark for a children's book and reading it left me with a knot in my stomach.

Does this story ring any bells for anyone?
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Old 02-03-2013, 04:24 PM
 
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I googled 'childrens books pumpkins.' Some strange stuff came up lol. Most of it was Halloween-ish.
However, this one did, too: Old Children's Books | Over 10,000 Rare and Out-of-print Children's Books
Good luck!
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