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Quesnel children’s author launches 6th book, illustrated by Williams Lake artist

Runaway Pumpkin will be available at the Bouchie Lake Harvest Festival
Runaway Pumpkin is Kathryn Fowkes’ sixth children’s book. (Rebecca Dyok photo — Quesnel Observer)

Kathryn Fowkes continues to be inspired by her ten young grandchildren.

The Quesnel author is launching her sixth children’s book, Runaway Pumpkin, at the Bouchie Lake Harvest Festival on Sunday, Sept. 25, at Moose Meadows Farm.

The 21-page book illustrated by Williams Lake artist Tiffany Jorgensen was inspired by Fowkes’ youngest grandchild.

“The message in this one is working as a team,” Fowkes said. “The siblings have a really strong bond, and that bond is always there, and sometimes you have to change your ideas to make it work for somebody else so they can be happy too.”

Runaway Pumpkin shares the story of a granddaughter’s search for a perfect Halloween pumpkin.

Her siblings rescue the pumpkin after it rolls away and instead of carving it, agree to decorate it with various craft supplies such as felt, glitter, ribbon, yarn, buttons and googly eyes.

Fowkes hopes there will be a pumpkin patch at the Bouchie Lake Harvest Festival so children can take home a copy of her book along with a perfect pumpkin of their own.

“It’s a way of connecting a story to an activity,” she said. “And that probably goes to my background because I was in the education system for many years.”

Fowkes has retired from her teaching career, which she started in 1975.

Literature is a passion for her.

“I love literature, and I believe that reading opens doors for kids, and kids are never too old to be read to and get excited about books,” she said, noting she wanted to leave something for her grandchildren.

For those unable to attend the Bouchie Lake Harvest Festival but would like to purchase a book contact Fowkes at 250-992-5869 or email

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