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Gilbert's little sister, Lola, wants to do everything her little brother does. She wants to go to school. She wants to march in the Halloween parade. She even wants to dress up just like Gilbert — as a Martian Space Pilot.

But Gilbert doesn want Lola tagging along. And he definitelydoesn't want anyone else to copy his costume idea. He's determined to have the most unusual outfit in the entire school.

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Overview

Gilbert's little sister, Lola, wants to do everything her little brother does. She wants to go to school. She wants to march in the Halloween parade. She even wants to dress up just like Gilbert — as a Martian Space Pilot.

But Gilbert doesn want Lola tagging along. And he definitelydoesn't want anyone else to copy his costume idea. He's determined to have the most unusual outfit in the entire school.

A madcap, mixed-up masquerade is in the store as both Gilbert and Lola get exactly what they want — in the most unexpected ways! Diane deGrout's sequel to Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink is a real treat.

Gilbert is excited about the costume he is planning to wear in the Halloween parade at school, until he discovers that lots of others have the same costume.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Gilbert and his sister accidentally switch costumes for their school's Halloween parade. "This cross-dressing caper gets primary-grade humor just right," said PW. Ages 5-up. (Aug.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Cathy Greenwood
Beautiful watercolor illustrations move along this picture-book story of surprises and fun. Gilbert gets a big surprise when he gets to school on Halloween and discovers he has mistakenly brought his little sister's ballerina costume instead of his trendy spaceman outfit. Gilbert ingeniously finds a way to wear the costume so he can be in the costume parade while keeping his identity secret. In the end, it is Lola, his little sister, who loyally and bravely helps Gilbert, unmasked, dance through the class party.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Having packed his Martian Space Pilot costume in his bag, Gilbert, the hedgehog introduced in Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink (Morrow, 1996), trots off to school for a holiday parade and party. Imagine his dismay when he discovers that he has taken his sister Lola's sack and her pink ballerina outfit by mistake. As five of his classmates also decided to be Martian Space Pilots, it's not an unmitigated disaster-so he squeezes into the tutu and toughs it out, encountering surprise but not a trace of derision from his peers. Well, it could happen. De Groat moves her human-proportioned animal cast between a comfortable suburban neighborhood dotted with colorful autumn leaves and a school restroom where the boys change clothes. However skeptical they may be of the mild reaction to Gilbert's costume, young viewers will enjoy the glimpses of loudly colored underwear (plus, for many girls, exotic bathroom plumbing). Despite severely undersized tights, Gilbert isn't made to look all that ludicrous or uncomfortable. Although Lola reclaims her costume for the evening's trick-or-treating, she and her brother at least tinker with gender stereotypes, and that may plant seeds in some readers' minds.-John Peters, New York Public Library
Marilyn Bousquin
Nothing could be worse than the fact that nearly everyone in Mrs. Byrd's class has chosen to dress as a Martian Space Pilot -- Gilbert's own beloved costume -- for the school Halloween parade. Until, that is, it comes time to change and Gilbert discovers that he has grabbed the brown paper bag containing his sister Lola's pink ballerina costume instead of his own. Desperate not to get in trouble for not having a costume (Mrs. Byrd has 'already scolded him once today'), Gilbert squeezes into Lola's tutu, pulls the paper bag over his head, and sets out to switch costumes with Lola. But when Gilbert and Lola stumble into Mrs. Byrd's class party before they have had a chance to make the exchange, Gilbert breaks into an impromptu twirl and takes full credit for not having 'the same costume as everyone else.' De Groat's portrayals of Gilbert (the porcupine who starred in Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink) and his classmates (a variety of other animals) are relaxed and uninhibited, and her orange and yellow hues evoke the muted brilliance of the season. The magic of Halloween is turned on full force in this neighborhood where kids walk themselves to school and the crossing guard dresses up for the holiday. Even though the story is somewhat contrived (Gilbert does not even begin to look inside his costume sack until all the other boys are dressed and out of the bathroom), Gilbert's good-natured blunderings make for a kid-appealing Halloween treat. -- --Horn Book
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688157661
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Series: Gilbert and Friends Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.45 (w) x 10.43 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Diane deGroat

Diane deGroat is the illustrator of more than 120 children's books and the author-illustrator of bestselling books about Gilbert, including Ants in Your Pants, Worms in Your Plants! (Gilbert Goes Green); April Fool! Watch Out at School!; Mother, You're the Best! (But Sister, You're a Pest!); Last One in Is a Rotten Egg!; and the New York Times bestseller Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink. Diane lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Diane deGroat is the illustrator of more than 120 children's books and the author-illustrator of bestselling books about Gilbert, including Ants in Your Pants, Worms in Your Plants! (Gilbert Goes Green); April Fool! Watch Out at School!; Mother, You're the Best! (But Sister, You're a Pest!); Last One in Is a Rotten Egg!; and the New York Times bestseller Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink. Diane lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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