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Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet Library Binding – September, 1998

Book 2 of 12 in the Gilbert Series

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers 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 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 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
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (September 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068815767X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688157678
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,787,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Diane deGroat is the illustrator of more than 120 children's books and the author-illustrator of other bestselling books about Gilbert, including Mother, You're the Best! (But Sister, You're a Pest!); Last One in Is a Rotten Egg!; Trick or Treat, Smell my Feet; Jingle Bells, Homework Smells; Happy Birthday to You, You Belong in a Zoo; No More Pencils, No More Books, No More Teacher's Dirty Looks!; Brand-new Pencils, Brand-new Books; and the New York Times bestseller roses are pink, your feet really stink. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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My grandkids enjoyed it.
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The illustrations are also very colorful, bright, and detailed.
Olivia Stabler
My nephew is in kindergarten and loves these books.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By incurable_bibliophile on May 11, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a terrific book, and not just for Halloween. The story of Gilbert the opossum and his mishaps was cute enough to reread several hundred times. I know this because my 3-year-old fell in love with Gilbert and Lola and we're still reading the book in May. I'm looking forward to reading deGroat's other Gilbert books, but it took me a long time to find them online. If you're looking for more Gilbert books, here's the list: Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink (1996), Happy Birthday to You, You Belong in a Zoo (1999), Jingle Bells, Homework Smells (2000), We Gather Together...Now Please Get Lost! (2001), Good Night, Sleep Tight, Don't Let the Bedbugs Bite! (2002).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Olivia Stabler VINE VOICE on August 14, 2014
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I was looking for a fun Halloween book to read to my class and I found this one. They loved it because it's such a humorous story and different from other Halloween stories about ghosts, witches, and pumpkins. The story is about Gilbert, who is so excited to be a space martian for Halloween. His little sister Lola is going to be a ballerina and they both put their costumes in identical paper bags and on the day of the Halloween parade, Gilbert grabs his bag and goes to school. When it's time to change, he's upset that so many other people had the same costume idea, but when he opens his bag, it's his sister's ballerina costume and he has no choice but to wear it! He covers his head with the bag and goes into the parade, grabs his sister who is wearing his costume, and they go to his classroom to switch costumes and he accidentally trips, causing his paper bag mask to fall off and he stumbles into the class party! Everyone knows it's him in the ballerina costume so he just twirls around and plays it off like he meant to wear it all along.

I love the humor throughout the story and my 2nd grade class does too. They thought it was so funny that he had to wear a girl's costume. I also love the underlying message that when something unexpected comes up, even if it's embarrassing, just make the best of it. Gilbert did a great job of that by dancing in the costume and making everyone laugh instead of being embarrassed and upset. The illustrations are also very colorful, bright, and detailed. This is a great Halloween book!
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By kwhitco on November 3, 2013
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My nephew is in kindergarten and loves these books. He can read them himself or enjoys having them read to him.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. D. Cox VINE VOICE on October 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
Let me tell you a feel-good story. It involves love - the love of a mother for her daughter, and a child's passionate, exhilarated, uncomplicated love for books. This is the true story of Deb Raymer, and her daughter Sabrina, and how I came to know them. This holiday season, I am grateful that Deb has shared parts of her story, and that through her mom, Sabrina has shared a wonderful cast of characters previously unknown to me.

A couple of months ago, Deb asked me to help her find a series of books. All Sabrina wants for Christmas is "Gilbert". Deb needed to order multiple copies of each book in the collection, she explained. Sabrina loves the "Gilbert" books so much, that she reads them to pieces. Literally. While I am always thrilled to see someone who loves books that much, that's not even the best part of the story. Sabrina is mentally and physically handicapped. She has a job at Partners in Progress that she enjoys. Whenever she rides to work on the bus, she has a "Gilbert" book - or two, or three - in her bag, and she "reads" them to the other passengers. Sabrina has memorized her favorite books. Her mother needs to keep buying new copies of them because Sabrina pages through them so much and so often that they fall apart.

Gilbert, the hedgehog, and his sister Lola, are creations from the paintbrush and pen of Diane de Groat. This author/illustrator started working in children's literature by doing the artwork for some well-known children's authors, such as Lois Lowry and Eve Bunting. De Groat started on her Gilbert series in 1996 with "Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink", which is still Sabrina's favorite.

I hadn't heard of de Groat, and Deb gave my literary ego a boost by reassuring me that I'm not alone.
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