Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet

Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet

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by Diane deGroat
     
 

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Gilbert wants to be a Martian Space Pilot at the school costume parade, but a mix-up leaves him with nothing but his little sister's ballerina tutu to wear! In this hilarious follow-up to the best-selling Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink, everyone's favorite porcupine learns all about the ups and downs of being different. Here is a madcap masquerade

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Overview

Gilbert wants to be a Martian Space Pilot at the school costume parade, but a mix-up leaves him with nothing but his little sister's ballerina tutu to wear! In this hilarious follow-up to the best-selling Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink, everyone's favorite porcupine learns all about the ups and downs of being different. Here is a madcap masquerade that will leave school-age children in stitches.

Editorial Reviews

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:
9780688170615
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/28/1999
Series:
Gilbert and Friends Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
504,089
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
AD520L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

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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