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The first book in the series, LAZY TOMMY PUMPKINHEAD (1966) concerns slothful Tommy Pumpkinhead, who lives in an "electric house" that takes care of all his needs. In the morning, Tommy's bed lifts to the ceiling and plunks him into a tub of water. He then slides down a chute to get into his clothes and is fed breakfast from an "eating machine." When an electrical outage o The first book in the series, LAZY TOMMY PUMPKINHEAD (1966) concerns slothful Tommy Pumpkinhead, who lives in an "electric house" that takes care of all his needs. In the morning, Tommy's bed lifts to the ceiling and plunks him into a tub of water. He then slides down a chute to get into his clothes and is fed breakfast from an "eating machine." When an electrical outage occurs, Tommy's life is turned upside down and he realizes (a bit abruptly) that "I really must turn over a new leaf."


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The first book in the series, LAZY TOMMY PUMPKINHEAD (1966) concerns slothful Tommy Pumpkinhead, who lives in an "electric house" that takes care of all his needs. In the morning, Tommy's bed lifts to the ceiling and plunks him into a tub of water. He then slides down a chute to get into his clothes and is fed breakfast from an "eating machine." When an electrical outage o The first book in the series, LAZY TOMMY PUMPKINHEAD (1966) concerns slothful Tommy Pumpkinhead, who lives in an "electric house" that takes care of all his needs. In the morning, Tommy's bed lifts to the ceiling and plunks him into a tub of water. He then slides down a chute to get into his clothes and is fed breakfast from an "eating machine." When an electrical outage occurs, Tommy's life is turned upside down and he realizes (a bit abruptly) that "I really must turn over a new leaf."

30 review for Lazy Tommy Pumpkinhead

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ronda

    I just revised my rating on this one from 4 to 5 stars. Why? I realized that any book that made such a big impression on me that I remembered it 30 years later had to be pretty amazing. That said, I haven't seen a copy of this book in at least 30 years, but I remember the pictures of what happens when Lazy Tommy's electric house goes haywire, dumping him out of his bed upside down, and the robot arms squirting toothpaste on his toes. I remember checking this one out of our school library over an I just revised my rating on this one from 4 to 5 stars. Why? I realized that any book that made such a big impression on me that I remembered it 30 years later had to be pretty amazing. That said, I haven't seen a copy of this book in at least 30 years, but I remember the pictures of what happens when Lazy Tommy's electric house goes haywire, dumping him out of his bed upside down, and the robot arms squirting toothpaste on his toes. I remember checking this one out of our school library over and over again. I'd love to see a copy of this one now--just to view it as an adult.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bekah Chatterley

    Oh, I wish I could find this book (to borrow or reasonably priced!). I read it as a child and just remembered it the other day, when my kids were wishing that they could invent a machine to do all their chores. I remember the illustrations, the scrambled eggs on Tommy's toes, etc. Ahhh, nostalgia. Oh, I wish I could find this book (to borrow or reasonably priced!). I read it as a child and just remembered it the other day, when my kids were wishing that they could invent a machine to do all their chores. I remember the illustrations, the scrambled eggs on Tommy's toes, etc. Ahhh, nostalgia.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    Probably my all-time favorite story book as a child. Out of print. Copies available in Amazon for up to $250! Wish I'd kept mine. Probably my all-time favorite story book as a child. Out of print. Copies available in Amazon for up to $250! Wish I'd kept mine.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Zack

    They just don't make picture books like this one anymore. Published in 1966 this is a cautionary tale about living the lazy life. Most picture books today would shy away from the bluntness of the message, but I could see an audience for this in some of today's kids. The story itself is ridiculous enough that it could be a fun read aloud to the right kids. They just don't make picture books like this one anymore. Published in 1966 this is a cautionary tale about living the lazy life. Most picture books today would shy away from the bluntness of the message, but I could see an audience for this in some of today's kids. The story itself is ridiculous enough that it could be a fun read aloud to the right kids.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lesley

    Finally figured out what this book was called! I read it as a child and loved it and was fascinated by the automated house. For years I have been trying to find it but without recalling the title. Too bad I can't find a copy of it or an eBook to share with my daughter. Finally figured out what this book was called! I read it as a child and loved it and was fascinated by the automated house. For years I have been trying to find it but without recalling the title. Too bad I can't find a copy of it or an eBook to share with my daughter.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    My husband loved this book as a kid. He managed to secure a copy for himself, after all of these years. Now our boys love Dad to read it to them.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lobstergirl

    Ugh, quel hideous cover. This is not the edition I read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Nielsen

    Probably my first time reading it in 40 years. I had long since forgotten the title, so had to Google the elements to find it again. When I was 8, this was just a silly story. Now it is a cautionary tale against home automation? And I work for a smart home company. I guess I didn't learn from Tommy. Probably my first time reading it in 40 years. I had long since forgotten the title, so had to Google the elements to find it again. When I was 8, this was just a silly story. Now it is a cautionary tale against home automation? And I work for a smart home company. I guess I didn't learn from Tommy.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ben Niespodziany

    A funny wonder. Someone returned this book into the bin at my library and I grabbed it because I liked the art. Read it front to back and laughed and laughed. Reminded me of the opening scene in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Emilyplays Blackinton Baker

    Such an impression this book made on me. I'm going to keep my eyes peeled for a reasonably priced copy for our house. Our library doesn't stocked it any longer. I have a strong memory of his breakfast on his toes, so funny! Such an impression this book made on me. I'm going to keep my eyes peeled for a reasonably priced copy for our house. Our library doesn't stocked it any longer. I have a strong memory of his breakfast on his toes, so funny!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Natasha Simmons

    This was the very first book I remember picking out on my own and checking out at the public library. I absolutely loved it and the concept of a boy living in an automatic house. It especially becomes delightful when every thing goes haywire!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Barry

    I just borrowed a copy from our local library. Very nostalgic. An unauthorized ebook version has been available online for several years. If you can't find a physical copy you can search for that. There is also a "Daisy" ebook version available on archive.org. Nice depiction of bacon. I just borrowed a copy from our local library. Very nostalgic. An unauthorized ebook version has been available online for several years. If you can't find a physical copy you can search for that. There is also a "Daisy" ebook version available on archive.org. Nice depiction of bacon.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Funny favorite from my childhood. Maybe better for 4-5 yo and up, intellectually.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lee Scoresby

    Awesome concept. I have to admit, I would love to have these tools to help me wake up in the morning. Not so crazy about walking up the stairs all day though.

  15. 5 out of 5

    P.W.

    One of the first books my parents ever bought me. Forgot about this little gem for many, many years. Sadly my copy is long gone, and copies that still exist are quite expensive.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Juneko Robinson

  17. 4 out of 5

    Armando Ri

  18. 4 out of 5

    April Poisal

  19. 5 out of 5

    Maeve

  20. 5 out of 5

    Todd

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas

  22. 4 out of 5

    Renee Russo

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dianne

  24. 5 out of 5

    Liza Serrano

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rich Brown

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mego Tablespoon

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Sammis

  28. 5 out of 5

    Deedeek

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cancelbot

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bianca

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