The Children’s Book From Dark To Light Is A Fresh Take On A Fall-Themed Story!


I received this book at no cost to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.

My daughter and I enjoy snuggling up together for a good book, especially on these colder weather days. It makes for a great excuse for some cuddles with my little peanut… which I will take any chance I can get! Since I am always on the look-out for a new read for my sweetie, when I found out about the book titled From Dark To Light, written by a young author named Isabella Murphy, I jumped at the chance! I can’t wait to tell you all about this aspiring new writer!

Isabella Murphy wrote this book when she was just in the 5th grade! Talk about inspiring! Just a few years later she had not only published this book, but won 1st place for the PenCraft Award in the category of Children Books! What an accomplishment! Ms. Murphy will also be headlining the 2nd Annual PenCraft Awards Ceremony along with 3 other authors in recognition for Outstanding Literary Achievement this November. This young woman, has had a wonderful array of accomplishments already under her belt for such a young age. I look forward to seeing what else she has up her sleeve, as her talent grows, in the years to come!



Her book From Dark To Light, is a story about a little boy pumpkin named Pumpker who desires to grow from just a tiny seed into a large pumpkin. He hopes to be chosen by a family to celebrate Halloween. Pumpker overcomes challenges from his siblings and turns into just what he was hoping for; a fun and scary jack-o-lantern lighting up the night at his new home. Through this story children are taught self-acceptance, as well as staying true to yourself and perseverance. All very important lessons to learn.

This book is written for 3 – 8 year olds and is illustrated with a modern, fresh twist, sure to appeal to younger readers. However, parents and grandparents alike will surely enjoy reading this story as well. Please note: If your child has a short attention span, this book might be more appropriate if they are older as there is quite a bit of verbiage.



My daughter immediately liked the cover of the book… and for a child, that’s definitely the first step to enjoying a story. She thought it looked interesting and couldn’t wait for me to read it to her. As I read the book, she commented on the story and was definitely involved in the plot. She also enjoyed watching the transformation of Pumpker from a tiny seed into a big, glowing jack-o-lantern!



From Dark to Light is a story that’s a fun read for the fall and Halloween season. It’s also a good lesson in self-acceptance for parents and kids alike.

Connect: Find out more about the author, Isabella Murphy by visiting her website. Then make sure you “like” her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.

Buy It: You can purchase From Dark To Light on Amazon or at Barnes & Noble.

40 comments :

  1. What a cute sounding story, I like the story line about the lil pumpkin named Pumpker. I would like to read this to my grandson. I know that he would like it.

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  2. Oh such a great sounding story to read before Halloween. I’m always looking for new books for the grandchildren. Barbara

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  3. What an amazing accomplishment for a 5th grader! It sounds like her book will teach children very important lessons :) I hope she will do well as an author!

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  4. This is a nice way to help develop acceptance of one's self, staying true to one's self and perseverance!

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  5. Great fall theme story. I like that it is a nice bonding time to read such a book, as well as being able to take something from it. quality time

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  6. It sounds like a good book that my granddaughters would enjoy.

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  7. I love this and love the pics even more!

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  8. My grandson loves books - always on the lookout for new ones! Thanks!

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  9. Would love to read this to my Grandson

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  10. This sounds like a cute book. So impressed that a 5th grader wrote it!

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  11. This sounds like a super cute book.

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  12. What an amazing achievement for a youngster! And of course I'm a fan of all things pumpkin. You so seldom see stories from the pumpkin point-of-view.

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  13. I love books and I especially love books with important lessons. This one sounds great!

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  14. Sounds like a cute book. I really enjoyed reading to my kids when they were young.

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  15. This sounds like a great story. The kids would love it

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  16. What a great story this is, i'm sure my grandchildren will enjoy this book.
    @tisonlyme143

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  17. This sounds like a great book for kids!

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  18. Sounds like a wonderful story

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  19. This looks like the perfect bedtime story for this time of year.

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  20. This looks like a book my grand daughters would really enjoy.

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  21. This looks like a nice story. I like the illustrations you shwed and I am sure kids would love it too.

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  22. That's awesome that she wrote this when she was in the 5th grade! It sounds like a wonderful book to teach self confidence. Your daughter looks very interested and happy to be reading it with you!

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  23. This sounds like a really great book..My granddaughter would enjoy this I am sure.

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  24. It looks like this book has some great illustrations. Fun book to share with the kids. Thank you so much for sharing this

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  25. Cute book. My niece and nephew would enjoy it.
    Donna L.
    naloe@hotmail dot com

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  26. I saw this book the other day. Now I need to go pick it up!

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  27. My granddaughter would love this book.I,ll pick it up.

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  28. Such a cute book with a great message . I love it

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  29. This looks like a great book to read to my nieces and nephews! Great illustrations too!

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  30. This looks like a great little book. My son and nieces would love this.

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  31. I love that a child wrote this book!

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  32. What a beautiful book! I am noticing that there are a TON of great kids books coming out these days.

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  33. looks like a cute book! I can't believe she wrote this book in 5th grade, that is so cool.

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  34. That is an amazing story about the author! Good for her. It sounds like a fantastic fall read.

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  35. I like books that are about the current season or celebration. Good to connect with nature.

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  36. I love reading with the little ones. It is so important for them to enjoy reading. This sounds like a great book. Thank you so much for sharing

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  37. Looks like a cute book! Love the illustrations!

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  38. Our granddaughter would love this book. Thanks.

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  39. Cute little book, nice little stocking stuffer idea.

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