Halloween

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Jerry Seinfeld reminisces about Halloween.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Rude behavior is played for laughs. Some of the humor is a bit rude and cynical.

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Consumerism

Many specific candies mentioned and pictured.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that though in picture book format, this combination of nostalgia and cynical humor is really aimed at older children and adults.

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What's the story?

Noted comedian Jerry Seinfeld reminisces about the Halloweens of his youth, beginning with eager enthusiasm (\"EVERYONE WE KNOW is just giving out candy? I gotta be a part of this!\"), proceeding through normal trials and difficulties (cheap, flimsy costumes, breaking rubber bands on masks, etc.), and ending with teenage cynicism (\"Bing-bong, come on lady, let's go! Halloween, doorbells, candy, let's pick it up in there.\").

The deluxe edition contains a CD of Seinfeld performing this routine in front of an audience.

Is it any good?

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While this looks like a picture book, and the publisher recommends it for ages 4 and up, it is really aimed at older children and adults. Seinfeld did not write it for children: It was taken almost word for word from one of his standup routines, and is a combination of nostalgia and cynicism that is unlikely to appeal to the picture book set, though they will enjoy the goofy illustrations.

But for kids who are starting to get a bit jaded about Halloween, it's a hoot, and one they can share with their parents. James Bennett's illustrations brilliantly match the tone: glossy, bigheaded caricatures, with the main character looking hilariously like a youthful Seinfeld. The CD provides added humor, as no one can perform this material better than Seinfeld himself.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about their own Halloween traditions and memories. Kids: What was your favorite costume? Why?

Book details

Author:Jerry Seinfeld
Illustrator:James Bennett
Genre:Picture Book
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:October 24, 2003
Number of pages:32
Publisher's recommended age(s):4 - 7

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Adult Written byLILYANGELITA April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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HILARIOUS

WELL, I PURCHASED THE BOOK ON HALLOWEEN 2006 AND ME AND MY KIDS READ IT AND READ ALONG WITH THE CD. WE RECENTLY HAD A HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY AND WE HAD A STORY TIME AND THE BOOK WAS A HIT IT HAD ALL THE CHILDREN LAUGHING.
Adult Written byJon Lovitz May 20, 2009
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Exciting!

This book is awesome! Seinfeld and Halloween? Could it get any better? Two Thumbs Up!
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
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good clean book

great book for anyone who knows how to read.

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