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Gus and Grandpa and the Halloween Costume
     

Gus and Grandpa and the Halloween Costume

by Mills, Catherine Stock (Illustrator)
 

It's Halloween, and Gus doesn't know what to wear. His mom won't let him have a store-bought costume; his dad thinks any old thing will do. Ryan Mason is going to be a vampire, with a cape, fangs, and fake blood. Gus wishes he could be a vampire, too, but, unfortunately, his mother thinks gory store-bought costumes are the worst of all. Gus's only hope is Grandpa's

Overview

It's Halloween, and Gus doesn't know what to wear. His mom won't let him have a store-bought costume; his dad thinks any old thing will do. Ryan Mason is going to be a vampire, with a cape, fangs, and fake blood. Gus wishes he could be a vampire, too, but, unfortunately, his mother thinks gory store-bought costumes are the worst of all. Gus's only hope is Grandpa's house. Readers will delight in what Gus finds (a fabulous costume) and finds out (Grandma made it for Daddy when nothing else would do), as once again Gus and Grandpa prove what "a perfect team" they are.

Credit for the "superb job of illuminating [Gus's] emotions and thoughts" goes to Claudia Mills, and for the "expressive illustrations" to Catherine Stock (The Horn Book).

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Gus and his grandfather celebrate Halloween together in this eighth entry in the series . . . Gus has a problem to solve: his parents don't approve of store-bought Halloween costumes, and they think their son can come up with his own . . . Mills quietly shows Gus solving his own problem, both in figuring out a suitable costume and in handling how he presents his heriloom costume to his friends." - Kirkus Reviews

"The words and watercolor pictures are . . . eloquent with quiet affection." —Booklist

Booklist
The words and watercolor pictures are . . . eloquent with quiet affection.
Publishers Weekly
Grandpa comes up with a great idea for Gus's disguise in Gus and Grandpa and the Halloween Costume, the eighth title in the beginning reader series by Claudia Mills, illus. by Catherine Stock.
Children's Literature
Beginning readers can't go wrong with the Gus and Grandpa stories. The characters and situations are real and this story is no exception. Gus is really excited about Halloween but he knows that his Mom and Dad ar not going to let him have a store-bought costume and his Dad even says what is all the fus "When I was a kid we wore any old thing we could find lying around the house." Gus ponders as to what he can create. His real hope rests with Grandpa. On his weekend visit, Gus harvest the pumpkins they planted in the spring, but he also asks if there might be any costumes in Grandpa's shed which seems to be a resource for most anything. It is not the shed but a musty trunk stored in a closet that turns out to be the source of Gus' Halloween costume. It is a handmade Canadian Mountie uniform made by Gus' grandmother because his father had made such a fuss over having just the right costume. Needless to say the costume and the story are both winners. Stock's pencil and watercolor illustrations are also a perfect match for one of the heartwarming teams in children's books—Gus and Grandpa. 2002, Farrar Straus Giroux,
— Marilyn Courtot
Kirkus Reviews
Gus and his grandfather celebrate Halloween together in this eighth entry in the series by Mills and Stock (Gus and Grandpa at Basketball, 2001, etc.). Gus has a problem to solve: his parents don't approve of store-bought Halloween costumes, and they think their son can come up with his own. He appeals to Grandpa, who luckily has a trunk full of family clothing in his attic. Grandpa finds a Canadian Mountie uniform worn by Gus's father as a Halloween costume when he was a boy. Gus proudly tells his friends, "My grandma made it for Daddy when he was a little boy." In a satisfying conclusion, Gus's father takes a picture of his son in the uniform, with Grandpa standing nearby. Mills quietly shows Gus solving his own problem, both in figuring out a suitable costume and in handling how he presents his heirloom costume to his friends. Stock's understated watercolor illustrations in muted fall tones complement the story well, and she captures Grandpa's warm affection for his grandson. This mid-level easy reader will also work well as a Halloween read-aloud both for younger children and for the early elementary grades. (Easy reader. 6-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374328160
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
09/26/2002
Series:
Gus and Grandpa Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.47(w) x 8.34(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Claudia Mills and Catherine Stock have collaborated on all the books in the Gus and Grandpa series, including the ALA Notable Book Gus and Grandpa at Basketball. Ms. Mills lives in Boulder, Colorado, and Ms. Stock lives in New York City.

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