The Pumpkin Giant is a product of the 70s, as you can see the telltale signs of the limited color palette and the sketchbook-like quality. This was usually done to save money and simplify the printing process, but I love the vintage feel. And let's be frank, the more limited your palette is, the more talented an artist you have to be.
What I find interesting is that the protagonists in this story is that the two kids (a princess and a poor boy) are so fat they can't walk on their legs and they have to roll around to get everywhere. Pretty sure that this book is not PC enough to be publishable today. But when do you see a fat person that is a main protagonist in a book or in the movies that isn't either there to laugh at or laugh with? (Think about the movie Frozen that's coming out; two female protagonists, the exact same body frame. Yes they are sisters, but they are also sticks. Just like every other female that is good in children's movies.)
So revisiting this book as my adult self I found that interesting and a bit refreshing.
Also, I have a thing for monsters. Weird monsters. And this fits the bill. (Child-eating pumpkin-headed monsters? I'll take one please.) I still love the illustrations in an odd way, but the story is peculiar and does a bit of meandering.
I doubt you'd find it in a library, and I wouldn't say it's the most stellar or inspiring children's book, but I loved it. Interestingly enough my 4 year old found it in our personal children's library and she's now a fan too.
What strange or unusual books were you fond of as a kid?