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The Best Halloween Ever

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by Barbara Robinson
     
 

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The Herdmans plus Halloween have always spelled disaster

Every Halloween, the six Herdman kids steal candy, spray-paint other kids, and take everything that isn't nailed down. And this year promises to be the same, until the Mayor decides to up and cancel Halloween. True, that means there'd be no Herdman trouble to contend with, but that also

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The Herdmans plus Halloween have always spelled disaster

Every Halloween, the six Herdman kids steal candy, spray-paint other kids, and take everything that isn't nailed down. And this year promises to be the same, until the Mayor decides to up and cancel Halloween. True, that means there'd be no Herdman trouble to contend with, but that also means no candy, no costumes, and no trick-or-treating! Is it possible that the Herdmans themselves could make what looks like a horrible Halloween into the best one ever?

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Publishers Weekly
Fans of Robinson's previous tales about the Herdman family (The Best Christmas Pageant Ever; The Best School Year Ever) may be disappointed in this latest installment mostly because the six hellions are absent for the majority of the novel. Of course, this is the point: the mayor, the principal and the parents of the students at Woodrow Wilson School unite in a citywide effort for a "Herdman-free Halloween." The mayor banishes candy from the stores and trick-or-treating on the streets, in favor of a school bash on October 31 that, in narrator Beth Bradley's words, more resembles "Back-to-School Night." The six siblings that wreaked havoc on the town and its citizens in books past also supplied the narratives' main source of energy and humor, and without them, Beth, her brother, Charlie, and their classmates seem to be simply waiting for the other shoe to drop. As they (and readers) anticipate the events of the final chapters to see what the Herdmans have in store, the book reads like one big build-up, and the holiday itself is, unfortunately, an anticlimax. Ages 8-up. (Aug.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The author's The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is a wonderful, touching and hilarious book. This attempt to capitalize on that success falls far short of the mark. The wild, unruly Herdman children always cause trouble on Halloween, so this year, by decree of Principal Crabtree, there is to be no trick or treating, but rather a party at the school. The Herdmans say that they will not come to a school party, but, of course, they do. The story plods along, and ends up being boring—probably the result of rather undeveloped characters. If I had not read the first book, I would not have known who the children were or why they were in the situation they were. The Herdman children themselves do not appear much in the action; instead, there is a lot of talk about them. In the end, the Herdman prank provides the much-wished-for candy—albeit stale—for all of the children, and Principal Crabtree is foiled. 2004, HarperCollins, Ages 8 to 12.
—Kathy Egner, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-The Herdmans are back and still causing havoc. This large family of ruffians has terrorized the community in the past by turning on the sprinklers and nearly drowning all the turkeys, spray painting kids, stealing cakes, and making kids buy back their own candy. This time, in an effort to avoid the inevitable Herdman-induced chaos of the Halloween activities, Principal Crabtree proposes that the celebration be held at the school, under the watchful eyes of parents and teachers. The kids are bummed because it will be a trick-or-treatless night, and they would rather face the Herdmans on the street than miss the candy. However, the Herdmans manage to turn the event into a disaster for the adults, and the best Halloween ever for the children. The writing is fast paced and funny, and the plot takes some unexpected if not entirely believable twists; for example, a trap door in the teachers' lounge leads to a boiler room filled with holiday candy stolen and stashed by the Herdmans over the years. This book will have a wide readership, particularly with fans of Robinson's The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (1972) and The Best School Year Ever (1994, both HarperCollins).-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060766016
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/25/2006
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
547,002
Product dimensions:
7.54(w) x 5.24(h) x 0.32(d)
Lexile:
890L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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