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Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet (Mulberry Books) Paperback – August 24, 1999
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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.)
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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
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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!