A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The neglected Herdman kids misbehave in a variety of outrageous and creative ways, including stealing and bullying, mostly without consequences.
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Many brand-name candies mentioned.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that adults cancel Halloween festivities out of concern for the behavior of one family's kids.
Is It Any Good?
"Safe and controlled and peaceful and boring" could well describe this book. The Herdmans hardly make an actual appearance at all, and most of the book is just a talky lead-up to Halloween. By then the author has built up so much anticipation that the actual event is a big letdown -- tame to the point of being lame.
We get to know the characters so little that many young readers, if they haven't read the first book, may not even realize that the narrator is a girl until well into the story. Virtually nonexistent characterizations, the thinnest of plots, and the mildest of humor make this a sad sequel to the funny and touching Best Christmas Pageant Ever.
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