Books in the Rosco the Rascal Series
Rosco The Rascal Visits The Pumpkin Patch
On a sunny autumn day, James and Mandy head to the pumpkin patch with their friendly dog, Rosco, to choose a pumpkin for Halloween. While riding a hay wagon, visiting a petting zoo, and joining the kids on a scavenger hunt, Rosco sometimes makes mischief. But when the kids find trouble, deep inside the corn maze, will Rosco shape up and help out?
For Ages 6-10
Available in paperback, hardcover and Kindle. Also available in hardcover through Ingram.
Released September 2014
Renaissance Accelerated Reader (A.R.) Quiz No. 500819 EN Fiction,
Reading Level 4.1
What Readers Are Saying...
about Rosco the Rascal Visits the Pumpkin Patch
"...Join Rosco as he meets his first grumpy goose, a couple of Halloween bullies, and an elusive bunny. When Rosco gets separated from his family deep within a corn maze, he learns that he is braver than he ever knew..."
~Readers' Favorite Review
"...Gorian is superb in her usage of descriptive language. Readers are transported...to the pumpkin patch...[and] can visualize the autumn leaves and fall crops of corn, pumpkins and apples. Young readers will be delighted by all of Rosco’s antics." ~Beverly Ann McCall, Amazon reviewer
"...The tale could be broken up into a classroom read-aloud or independent reader for second or third graders. Nice change of pace from the more common Halloween spooky story for kids." ~Barbara Mojica, children's author
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Available in Paperback, Hardcover, and ebook from Amazon. Also available on Ingram.
Editorial Review For Rosco the Rascal Visits the Pumpkin Patch
Reviewed by Alyssa Elmore for Readers' Favorite
Rosco The Rascal Visits The Pumpkin Patch by Shana Gorian is a fun chapter book celebrating Autumn. Rosco, a lovable and mischievous German Shepherd puppy, joins his family on their annual visit to the pumpkin patch. Rosco swears he'll be good on his very first trip to pick a pumpkin. But how good is good? It is very hard to remember to be good with so many new sights, smells, and sounds! Join Rosco as he meets his first grumpy goose, a couple of Halloween bullies, and an elusive bunny. When Rosco gets separated from his family, deep within a corn maze, he learns that he is braver than he ever knew. Rosco also learns that, no matter how small a person may be, with a little courage and teamwork even little people can do big things!
I loved reading this book. It was a cute story and the characters were relatable. The adventures Rosco experiences and the trouble he got himself into made for funny moments. Rosco The Rascal Visits The Pumpkin Patch by Shana Gorian has hidden story gems; lessons on bullying, standing up for what is right, unselfishness, and teamwork. I loved how family members James and Mandy pulled together in a crisis and helped save a little boy at their own expense.
It is the perfect book for children ages 6-9. It has enough pictures to keep the younger reader interested. Its short chapters were long enough to make the young reader feel accomplished in reading them, yet short enough to keep the reader's interest. I liked how the author included a lesson in the story. I hope to read more Rosco the Rascal books in the future.
Rosco the Rascal Visits the Pumpkin Patch
around the web and beyond:
- "From runaway pumpkins, to petting zoo mishaps, and mischief in the corn maze—not to mention the smile inducing pup—this is a cute book to introduce to young readers during the Fall season." Read the full blog post review by children's author of the Dani P. Mystery chapter book series, K. Lamb
- Review by Ian Wood's Novellum: Worthy! ..."I'm not a big fan of "intelligent" dog and cat stories because in my sad experience the authors make them so human that they're no longer dogs or cats, so really, what's the point? In this case, though, I loved the way the author seems to get inside the dog's head, making it appear very human in a very doglike way, without turning it into a completely unbelievable human substitute..."
- Featured in children's author Aileen Stewart's blog, Authors Are People, Too!
- February 2019: Rosco's Haunted Corn Maze: In partnership with Voyage Media of Los Angeles, a screenplay based on the series and inspired by Rosco the Rascal Visits the Pumpkin Patch has been developed by a professional, working Hollywood screenwriter/director and edited by a seasoned Hollywood script consultant. The screenplay is finished and is being shopped around for interest. Stay tuned for more exciting news on this developing project. Follow Shana Gorian's blog or join her email list for followup information in the coming months.