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The Best Halloween of All

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  41 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Susan Wojciechowski and Susan Meddaugh weave a laugh-out-loud tale about one boy's ghosts from Halloweens past.

Ever since Ben was a baby, his parents have concocted wild costumes for him on Halloween. He has been a magician's rabbit (complete with a giant top hat), a bunch of grapes, even a slice of Swiss cheese! Ben has hated every one of these costumes. But now that Ben
Paperback, 24 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by Candlewick Press (first published 1992)
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I'm conflicted about The Best Halloween of All, because on one hand, it got my tutoring students talking about their Halloween costumes (a witch and a kitty cat), but on the other, the kid in the story disses the hard work his parents' put into his Halloween costume every year and is more happy with a paper bag over his head and a paper towel roll for a sword. I know it's fiction and I'm just supposed to run with it, but that is so ridiculous!
Sep 25, 2013 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, halloween, 2013
I think this story is as much for the parents as it is for children. It shows how enthusiastic and talented parents, dedicating hours to creating the 'perfect' halloween costume (or in their case, halloween themes for their children), don't always end up scoring big in their children's eyes. I love that the young boy took the initiative to tell his parents what he wanted and created his own costume without help. I also love the fact that even though the costume didn't look professional, he loved ...more
This is the story of a little boy who was always at the whim of his parents and older brother when it came to deciding what he would be for Halloween. He did not get any say in his costumes, and they usually ended up being more trouble than they were worth. Finally, he decides to ask if he could make his own Halloween costume; his family agrees. It ends up being the best Halloween ever!

This is a great message for parents who want to be maybe a little too involved in their children's lives. At so
Sep 14, 2013 Alexandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When browsing the library with my best friend who happens to be a teacher, I felt it acceptable to browse the children's section. When I am alone I feel creepy doing this.
She needed fall books to read to her class and I got lost looking for books from my childhood. This one I had never read before but I liked that it was Halloween-y and from the early 90s.
The illustrations are so cute; all the hilarious costumes that Benjamin's mom makes him wear when he was an infant and a small child >.&l
Oct 31, 2015 Alexis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ben tells how he always got the bad Halloween costume growing up while his brother go the good ones. He then decides he wants to create his own costume this year. I would use this as a fun activity before Halloween to inspire creativity in students when choosing costumes.
Sep 26, 2011 Amber rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My 5 year old daughter brought this home from the library, she really liked it. It was fun to see the costumes he wore each year.
Nov 01, 2012 Michelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The kids enjoyed this book.
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Sep 23, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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My daughter loves this book. It was a library book my son brought home from school. When he was going to return it, she hid it from him to keep him from taking it back.
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Susan Wojciechowski was a children's librarian for many years. "Every December," she says, "I read the same two or three classic Christmas stories aloud to the children. I tried to find another one I wanted to read and couldn't. So I wrote THE CHRISTMAS MIRACLE OF JONATHAN TOOMEY. I've never written anything that way before. It just came through me in a flood of inspiration and was finished in les ...more
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