A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
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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?
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.