Halloween

Book review by
Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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Jerry Seinfeld reminisces about Halloween.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 2 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Positive Messages

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

Violence
Sex
Language
Consumerism

Many specific candies mentioned and pictured.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLILYANGELITA April 9, 2008

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... Continue reading
Adult Written byJon Lovitz May 20, 2009

Exciting!

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

good clean book

great book for anyone who knows how to read.

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?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

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

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