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The Best Halloween Ever Paperback – July 25, 2006
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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
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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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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.
I think this book is best for fourth graders and older children.
I enjoyed it a lot more than "The Best School Year Ever", but the same author, but it doesn't have the same depth as "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever".