Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The Best Halloween Ever - Barbara Robinson

Summary: The Herdmans plus Halloween have always spelled disaster.
Every Halloween, the six Herdman kids steal candy, spray-paint other kids, and take everything that isn't nailed down. And this year promises to be the same, until the Mayor decides to up and cancel Halloween. True, that means there'd be no Herdman trouble to contend with, but that also means no candy, no costumes, and no trick-or-treating! Is it possible that the Herdmans themselves could make what looks like a horrible Halloween into the best one ever? (Summary and image from goodreads.com)
Review -  Remember the Herdman clan from the Best Christmas Pageant Ever?  They're back, and this time they're taking on Halloween.  Halloween is the best day of the year for the Herdmans, since it's the day their naughty ways get to shine in full.  In fact, it's typical to see many more Herdmans running around than normal, since they're so scary, it's a popular costume!  But when the Mayor puts his foot down and cancels Halloween for the whole town, the Principal tries to have a Herdman-free/Parent-supervised "SAFE" Halloween at the school, and the Herdmans get word?  You'd better hope the usual hijinks are the only thing that happens!
I'd forgotten how much I loved Robinson's writing.  I hadn't even known she had written more adventures with the Herdmans, and guess what?  They're even more fun than I remembered!  She has such an active imagination, such a fun way of writing (I totally identified with the 12 year old narrator), and such a canny voice that this is definitely one of my new favorite Halloween reads.  Perfect for the younger kids in the family (the scariest it gets is a veiled threat by Imogene and a planned blackout ... and some disappearing kids), this is definitely a book that would be fun to read on Halloween night after the festivities are winding down.
Rating: Five stars
For the sensitive reader:  The Herdmans are thieves, vandals, naughty as can be, and unsupervised at home.  But under all of that, they're hiding hearts of gold -- all six of the little devils!

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