Halloween

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"The first time you hear the concept of Halloween when you're a kid, your brain cannot even process the idea. You're like, 'What is this? What did you say? Someone's giving out candy? Who's giving out candy? EVERYONE WE KNOW is just giving out candy? I gotta be a part of this!'"

In his first picture book, comedian and bestselling author Jerry Seinfeld takes readers on a wild ride through his hilarious vision of Halloween. From Superman costumes that look like pajamas to the agony of getting bad trick or treat ...

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"The first time you hear the concept of Halloween when you're a kid, your brain cannot even process the idea. You're like, 'What is this? What did you say? Someone's giving out candy? Who's giving out candy? EVERYONE WE KNOW is just giving out candy? I gotta be a part of this!'"

In his first picture book, comedian and bestselling author Jerry Seinfeld takes readers on a wild ride through his hilarious vision of Halloween. From Superman costumes that look like pajamas to the agony of getting bad trick or treat candy, Seinfeld's tale resonates with vivid experiences of a day every kid loves.

Author Biography: Jerry Seinfeld is an award-winning comedian, writer and actor. His first book was the New York Times bestselling Seinlanguage. He resides in New York City with his wife and their young daughter. Award winning James Bennett has illustrated for many major publications, including Time, Sports Illustrated, Business Week, and Mad Magazine. He lives and works in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

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As everyone knows, Halloween is a time for costumes and trick-or-treating, but what do kids really think about the holiday? Comedian and author Jerry Seinfeld knows exactly, and he's given us this hilarious picture book that's a true Halloween treat.

Reminiscent of his stand-up comedy act, Jerry has it all figured out: the real motives behind trick-or-treating, the agony and ecstasy of Halloween costumes, and the obstacles that kids face when they knock on doors for candy. Basically, children are just candy machines, and there's no getting in the way of it: "All I ate when I was a kid was candy. Family, friends, school -- they were just obstacles in the way of getting more candy." Yet unfortunately, to satisfy their sweet-tooth cravings, kids must cope with store-bought costumes (loose and flowy, with that flimsy little ribbon string in the back, and don't forget the rubber-band mask), cold-weather coats, and time-wasting candy givers. It's an ordeal every year, but the results are spectacular, with a bowl full of treats and the super will-power to get through it all.

With his on-target insight into children and Halloween, Seinfeld delivers a surefire holiday winner. Just right for anyone who's donned a costume in search of sweets, this sidesplitting book will have adults and children nodding their heads and forever remembering Halloween for the candy jamboree that it truly is. Award-winning illustrator James Bennett perfectly matches the comedian's humor with his animated and observant images of little Jerry, capturing Seinfeld's expressions and adding more laugh-out-loud details. A Halloween must-have. Matt Warner

Kathleen Odean
This book, which will appeal most to Seinfeld's adult fans, is no doubt more successful as the stand-up routine on which it's based. The tongue-in-cheek look at Seinfeld's childhood Halloweens has funny moments, such as his complaint that his mother made him wear a jacket over his Superman costume—something the superhero never had to do. But the nostalgia will lose most kids when he describes dressing as a hobo and rejecting circus peanuts. The garish caricatures of the adult Seinfeld head on a child's body, à la MAD Magazine, will work best for those who have seen the comedian in action.
Publishers Weekly
According to Seinfeld (and most kids would agree), the trick-or-treating mindset involves two words: "Get candy." In this sugar-fueled nostalgia trip, a familiar-looking boy with beady eyes and a savvy smirk targets name-brand chocolate bars. "I'll wear anything I have to wear... to get the candy from those fools who are so stupidly giving it away," he pants. Seinfeld's junior doppelganger shops for a Superman costume with an uncomfortable plastic mask ("Remember the rubber band on the back of those masks? That was a quality item. Thinnest gray rubber in the world"), and his impatient friends occasion some observational humor that adults will enjoy as much as their progeny (" `You guys, wait up!' Kids don't want other kids to wait, they want them to wait up"). Bennett, who has drawn for MAD magazine, gets Seinfeld's skeptical frown and white sneakers just right, and his visual gags complement the comic's incredulous voice. When Mrs. Seinfeld makes her boy wear a winter coat over his Superman outfit, the book presents a mock-heroic portrait of the Man of Steel, muscular arm punching the night sky and brown corduroy over his cape. After the coat fiasco, young Seinfeld dresses as a nitpicky accountant, with a green visor and a filing cabinet for "chewy things," "sour things" and "rejects." This smart-alecky monologue disrespects grown-ups, apples and marshmallow peanuts just the thing for jaded candy-chasers. All ages. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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A well-know comedian reminisces about his childhood adventures on this autumn holiday. It reads as if he took his monologue, intended for adults, and transcribed it into a 32-page book. The layout and art are appropriate for the subject matter. That is to say, they are intended for an adult audience as well. Children approach Halloween with great anticipation. It is that combined with how the event plays out that is the basis for Seinfeld's monologue. Looking back gives us a perspective we do not have at the time. Adults can recognize the cynicism, skepticism, frustration and angst in Seinfeld's voice but children will only discover futility. When he rings the bell of an elderly woman while trick-or treating, his response to her questioning what he is supposed to be is, "I'm supposed to be done by now." And he continues "I got eighteen houses on this block, sweetheart. You hit the bag, we hit the road. That's the way it works." It seems to this reviewer that Seinfeld takes all the fun out of Halloween for a child reader. Here is another example of a publisher hoping to cash in on a celebrity's name by appealing to adults with the purse strings. 2002, A Byron Preiss Book/Little Brown and Company,
— Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal
Seinfeld's reminiscences of Halloweens past have an adult sensibility, a 60s' nostalgia that is not likely to appeal to today's kids. The story, as such, rambles terribly and the whiny narration fails to draw readers in. Also, putting the keywords in oversized orange type-"get candy" (Seinfeld's mission), "Bing-Bong" (doorbell), "Halloween," "fantastic," etc.-is annoying. Bennett's bright oil paintings are excellent, and the close-eyed, big-headed caricatures sport interesting perspectives that may appeal to elementary schoolers. The coat-over-disappointing-costume dejection scene, Jerry's disdain of the ubiquitously despised Circus Peanuts, and a jaded, older Seinfeld perfunctorily demanding candy certainly capture the spirit, and greed, of the holiday and provide humorous slice-of-life glimpses. But despite Bennett's empathic art-he draws a great Superman, Seinfeld's costume hero-the graphics can't save this meandering memory of juvenile role-playing.-John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316706254
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 8/20/2002
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.50 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerry Seinfeld, the Emmy award-winning comedian, writer and actor, starred for nine years in Seinfeld, one of the most acclaimed sitcoms of all time. He is the author of a previous #1 bestselling book for adults, Seinlanguage, and a one-man HBO special, "I'm Telling You For the Last Time." He resides in New York with his wife, Jessica, and three children.

James Bennett has illustrated for many major publications, including Time, Sports Illustrated, Business Week, and Mad Magazine. Last year he received the Hamilton King Award from the Society of Illustrators for Best Illustration of the Year. He lives and works in Bucks County, with his wife, Susan, and their two young boys, Steven and Brett.

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Interviews & Essays

Jerry Seinfeld Talks About Halloween

Q. What was your first Halloween costume?

A. My first Halloween, I remember wanting very badly to be a devil. I remember making a very big deal about it and my mother finally making a devil costume for me by hand. In subsequent years I became more sophisticated (image-protection wise) and chose costumes that were not so candid.

Q. Did you have any favorite children's books growing up?

A. My favorite children's books were The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins by Dr. Seuss and Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson. I loved what that kid could do with that crayon -- no wonder he didn't need parents!

Q. How do you manage to recall childhood so vividly?

A. I find childhood memorable because the colors were so strong and bright. I'm sure if I grew up in Eastern Europe, with it's more muted gray-brown palette, I wouldn't remember a thing.

Q. What was your favorite Halloween candy as a kid?

A. I couldn't possibly name a favorite Halloween candy. As I child I went through a candy store the way Andre Leon Talley goes through his closet before a party.

Q. Did you ever play a Halloween "trick" or is it always about the "treats"?

A. I never actually grasped the whole "Trick or Treat" ultimatum. Giving candy to grateful adorable children or receiving a bag of flaming animal excrement on your doorstep? Is this a choice?

Q. Do you like the way that James Bennett made you look as a child?

A. Jim Bennett did an amazing job. He makes you want to dive into those pictures and live in that world.

Q. Do you have a favorite picture in the book?

A. My favorite picture in the book is Superman with the winter coat flying off to a chilly rescue.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    ?

    For some reason it gave me to rule in amber

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2010

    Awesome!

    Enjoyable for kids and adults. My kids just love this book and so do I....the illustrations are great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2009

    Hated the way the story read with Seinfeld's voice narrating, laughter in the back was suppose to simulate his stand up routine not good for the story.

    I don't recommend this books especially not for primary aged children.

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  • Posted December 13, 2009

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    Irritating. Really, really bad.

    I don't know what I was expecting, but what I ended up with was the same whiney, annoying, self-centered kid that Jerry Seinfeld undoubtedly was. I wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt, but this book just plain sucked. I never bothered to read it to my kids for fear that they might pick up the idea that that crap might be okay to emulate.

    Horrible.

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  • Posted November 15, 2009

    Halloween is a FUN book for adults to remember!

    I am an elementary school teacher, and I purchased this book because I thought it would be a fun read aloud for my class. When it arrived, I realized that my husband and I got more of a kick out of if than my students would. This story reminded us of what Halloween was like when we were little, wearing your snowsuit under your plastic costume... A plastic mask with an elastic band and slits for the eyes and mouth... I kept this book at home as a "decoration" to pull out each year to share with our friends. Not as kid-friendly as adult-friendly. A fun way to remember being a kid at Halloween.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2006

    Great book!!

    This book is very funny and brings back memories of my childhood Halloween's. Can't wait to read it to my son!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2005

    Halloween memories emerge!

    I don't have kids, but when I saw that Jerry Seinfeld had written this book, I had to have it. I make a point of reading it at least once every October, to remind myself of the great times I had trick-or-treating as a kid! Although I am (ahem!) a little younger than Jerry, I was amazed at his accurate references to the halloween mask rubber band breaking, the peanuts that no one wanted. This book is perfect for anyone who has ever watched an episode of Seinfeld or has seen Jerry perform on stage!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2003

    Hilarious!

    Hilarious!! Kids love it! It is a great book to use when teaching voice in writing. Since I bought this book last year, it has been read every day in school by someone. Any book that can get a reluctant reader to read is a 5 star in my book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2003

    Not appropriate for the recommended age group

    This book was recommended for the 5-8 age group, but I would not recommend it at all for kids that young. I'm a big fan of Jerry, but this book I thought was too obnoxious and uses the word 'stupid' too much in the story line. I truly regretted buying this for my 5 year old son. You should revise the recommended age group for this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2003

    Awesome

    This book is great. Not only does it pertain to young children, but it can also get some great laughs out of adults.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2002

    In Regards to those who thought Jerry Can write childrens books

    This book is awesome just so you know it is a segments of stand-up comedy directly from his stand up cd. This was not meant as a children's book. It is very very funny though. I once did this stand-up in a talent show and won.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2002

    Celebrity Children's Books

    The trend of children's books written by celebrities is not new. Sometimes the books are well written (Jamie Lee Curtis or Fred Gwynne) and sometimes the books are drivel (Katie Couric or Maria Shriver). The celebrity can be a "non-author" like John Lithgow (good) or Sara Ferguson (bad). Or they can be an "adult author" trying their hand at children's lit - John Updike (good) Danielle Steele (bad). Jerry Seinfeld's book is an example of one that happened with no extra effort on the part of the author. The material has long since been written and someone gets the bright idea that it'll make a good children's book. There are a few times that this has worked. The most recent example (but not the best example) is a nice version of "Say A Little Prayer for You." Years ago Paul Simon's song about the zoo (what was that called...?) became a children's book. It didn't work. Jerry doesn't really need to go to school to learn how to write children's books unless he himself wants to really write some children's books. This particular book meets the criteria nicely for celebrity kiddy lit: adults like the author; adults like the story; the illustrations are outstanding(usually the only thing that saves celebrity kids books). Will this book last? Probably not. But it serves its purpose for now and isn't a completely unpleasant experience. Worth buying if you're a Seinfeld fan or you really feel nostalgic about Halloween. As it's been said many times, you'll enjoy this one more than the kids will.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2002

    Halloween

    James Bennett's artwork, represents some of the best in the field. It is colourful, lively and carries that humanistic touch that delights both children and adults. On the other hand Jerry Seinfeld's writing is by comparison limp and lacks any real direction. The list on this book published by Little, Brown, & Company is fair enough. The illustrations are worth it. Jerry Seinfeld should spent part of his time taking a children's writing course. Writing a book, particularly a children's book, must be very careful in developing its modus operanti and sense of purpose.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2002

    It's Funny 'Cause It's True

    I read this in the bookstore and within seconds was laughing out loud! I then purchased it under the excuse that it was "for my son" (he's 10 months old). The humor is classic Seinfeld and the illustrations are great. Anyone who has been Trick-Or-Treating can certainly relate. A great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2002

    dang......!

    wow there isn't a book better! I just wanted to get the message out that I love a guy named Steve Rogers. I love you Steve!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2002

    Absolutely Hilarious Halloween Memories

    HALLOWEEN by Jerry Seinfeld recalls ANYONE'S experience of trick-or-treating who grew up during the 50's and 60's. The wearing of costumes with cheap masks and the going door-to-door for the NAME CANDY ONLY put me right on the pages of his first children's book. My Halloween memories were brought alive by his narration of the book. The awesome illustrations of James Bennett make you SEE yourself trick-or-treating throughout the old neighborhood. My 5th Grade Class of 10-and 11-year-olds roared with the kind of genuine laughter only kids can laugh as they listened to the accompanying CD! There has GOT to be another illustrated children's book presented by Jerry! MMmmmmmm........Christmas is coming!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2002

    Absolutely Hilarious Halloween Memories

    HALLOWEEN by Jerry Seinfeld recalls ANYONE'S experience of trick-or-treating who grew up during the 50's and 60's. The wearing of costumes with cheap masks and the going door-to-door for the NAME CANDY ONLY put me right on the pages of his first children's book. My Halloween memories were brought alive by his narration of the book. The awesome illustrations of James Bennett make you SEE yourself trick-or-treating throughout the old neighborhood. My 5th Grade Class of 10-and 11-year-olds roared with the kind of genuine laughter only kids can laugh as they listened to the accompanying CD! There has GOT to be another illustrated children's book presented by Jerry! MMmmmmmm........Christmas is coming!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2002

    A Fun Halloween Book For All Ages!!

    HALLOWEEN is a fun read for every age. From my mom in her 60's, adult men and women at work, and my 3 children ages 9, 10 and 11 they have all laughed thru every page. The trick or treat experience is pretty much same. Though the costume box is gone and candy is now checked (as mine in the 70's was too). By the time you are 8 you get that Halloween is a rush to get to every house and the most candy. Jerry Seinfeld hits the mark on crummy candy vs. good candy. Put the CD in and read along. Just enjoy!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2002

    Halloween

    Obviously I realize and according to your rules, it is totally at your discretion what you choose to print in terms of readers comments et al. But really to print two similar reviews that were submitted after mine is a bit tacky. As I said, the illustrations are great and to be honest, save the book. Jerry Seinfeld's writing skills as a children's storybook teller are just not that well developed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2002

    Wow!

    I absolutely adored this book! Jerry Seinfeld has always had a way of identifying with his fans and putting real life situations into his "acts". This delightful Halloween story is no different. In this book, we see Jerry Seinfeld as a child, reliving his trick or treating days and mishaps. Although the language and humor is definitely suitable for a child, I think this is a story that adults and older children will relate to best. The illustrations are amazing!

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