So now I have anatidaephobia but for pumpkins
August 24, 2012 9:08 PM Subscribe
Anyone remember a terrifying children's book about fleeing from a slowly rolling pumpkin?
posted by pickingupsticks to Writing & Language (5 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Can anyone remember a children's novel which is mostly about trying to evade a pumpkin? The back story is the classic 'evil dwarf is trapped in a pumpkin by the king', but I don't remember where the plot ends up. The pumpkin is chasing the hero(es?). If it touches people, something bad happens; I forget whether they die/become ill/become evil. The pumpkin rolls slowly, but while you'd think it would be easy to escape, it can keep moving all the time, whereas the hero(es?) are human and have to sleep occasionally (in trees for safety). It's essentially a very slow fairy-tale Terminator. I remember various very slow chase scenes through vineyards and country lanes.
I'm almost certain it's not actually a 'classic' fairy tale (e.g. written/collated by the Grimms or similar) but a modern child's novel based on those narratives. I read it in the UK in the 1990s.
I'd like to find it again because I've always been in awe of the author's ability to make a squash blood-chillingly scary. Ring any bells with anyone?