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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (July 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060766018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060766016
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #436,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 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 © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gr. 3-6. Except for Imogene, the Herdmans have stayed out of sight, and that's been worrying Beth Bradley and the other kids at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School. It's also worried the mayor, who has canceled trick-or-treating and suspended all candy sales because of previous Herdman Halloween mayhem. The kids aren't looking forward to the alternative celebration--a tame, school-sponsored party, "with a lot of fake witches and spooky music on the PA, and little kid games." But could the Herdmans be planning to sabotage the event? With all the kids in one place, the possibilities are terrifying! Robinson's suspenseful romp will delight fans of previous books featuring the Herdman kids: the buildup to the mischievous collaboration is deliciously tense, the actual pranks are satisfyingly scary, and readers will agree that the Herdmans' interference results in the best Halloween ever. Chris Sherman
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Customer Reviews

This book was super funny and exiting!
ARIANA S.
I would highly recommend any of Barbara Robinson's book and especially "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" and "The Best School Year Ever" as well.
AK
I am reading it now to the class and they love it!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Connolly on August 15, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Barbara Robinson has provided another fast-paced report on school life - this sequel is entertaining and enlightening for adult readers as well as children. The host of minor players are well described, both funny and believable. Read her other books first if possible, because 'Best Christmas Pageant' and 'Best School Year' give more detailed descriptions of the terrible Herdmans and some other main characters, and this background will increase your enjoyment of 'Best Halloween'. That said, it can certainly be read and enjoyed alone. Recommended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Luigi fan on August 28, 2008
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I read The Best Christmas present ever so I ordered this book. It was as good as the first till the ending which made no sense. They never explained why what happened happened. I was disapointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Erika Sorocco on October 5, 2006
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It's a known fact that whenever there's trouble, the six Herdman kids are behind it. Lose a pair of pants? It's the Herdmans. Find your window broken? The Herdmans are behind it. Find yourself painted green? Blame the Herdmans. It never gets old. Or, at least it never got old before. But this year is different. This year, as everyone is preparing for Halloween, and loading up on candy, the Mayor does something drastic to protect the town from the Herdmans...he cancels Halloween. Sure, without Halloween, the Herdmans are sure to keep their distance from everyone, and cease from stealing the candy that every child has collected. But without the Herman's to contend with, it would also mean that candy is banned for the season. And Halloween just isn't Halloween with a heaping bag full of goodies that will rot your teeth and make you sick. Now, Halloween has turned into a horrible, boring event that will take place at school, with a bunch of parents dressed up as witches and ghouls, ghosts and monsters. Instead of candy, there'll be donuts. Instead of trick-or-treating, there'll be supervised bobbing for apples. This is sure to be the worst Halloween ever, Herdmans or not. But when the lights go off, suddenly everything changes, and everyone begins to wonder whether the Herdmans have what it takes to pull off a spooktacular Halloween that will leave the town cheering.

I don't know how Barbara Robinson does it, but she manages to turn every holiday from a bad experience into the best day ever, and all with the help of the Herdman clan.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 12, 2004
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No tricks only an enormous treat in this performance by acclaimed Broadway actress Elaine Stritch. She of the gravely voice who won a Tony for her one woman show, and is also a four-time Tony nominee.

Look out, it's almost Halloween and the Herdmans (a family of six rowdy, trouble making kids) are on everyone's minds. They've created such chaos in the past that this year the mayor's going to totally erase Halloween from the city calendar and the principal of Woodrow Wilson School has decided that they'll have a celebration at, of all places, the school. Who can have fun surrounded by parents and teachers?

Not to worry the Herdmans aren't easily foiled. They outwit the adults and show the kids "The Best Halloween Ever."

The fun is in hearing Elaine Stritch telling how it was done. Youngsters in grades 3-5 will love this.

- Gail Cooke
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on October 7, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
My 11 year old brought this book home to read for AR points in school and I read a chapter or two of it to him last night and it's so confusing!!! It skips around. Your reading in quotes from the character's friends and then a line in quotes from his mom and I had no idea whether they were in school or at home. We were so confused!! I said to him I didn't know what was going on and he said, "I told you it was confusing and I don't like it!" So, we quit and I think he is returning it to the library today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marian Carcache on October 24, 2012
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I loved Barbara Robinson's Best Christmas Pageant Ever and have given it as a gift to several friends, but am disappointed in the Best Halloween Ever. I see that others enjoyed it, but to me it lacks the charm of the first book. It seems forced, as if the author were doing her best to churn out a sequel to her successful Christmas book but not quite succeeding. I wish it were as charming as the Christmas story, but it just isn't.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By audrey TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 12, 2010
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It's not necessary to have read Robinson's two previous entries about the dreaded Herdman family, but I'd say this one is a bit weaker than the first (Best Christmas Pageant Ever), so read that one if you haven't. This will stand alone fine on its own, however.

In this sequel, Halloween has been cancelled because everyone in town dreads the involvement of the Herdman kids, who steal everyone's candy and pull destructive pranks. This year the whole celebration is limited to the school, where everyone can wear costumes -- but NO candy! Only lame "spooky" stuff manned by the parents -- the kids are not at all happy with this -- until weird things start to happen. And hey, where *are* the Herdmans?

Lots of fun and another rewarding, twist-y ending, courtesy of the Herdman kids.
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