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Trick or treat, smell my feet
De Groat, Diane.
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Publication Information:
New York : Morrow Junior Books, [1998]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Gilbert is excited about the costume he is planning to wear in the Halloween parade at school, until he discovers that lots of others have the same costume.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.2 0.5 1943.

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PIC. BK. Juvenile Current Holiday Item Childrens Area-Holiday
X Juvenile Current Holiday Item Work Room

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Gilbert wants to be a Martian Space Pilot at the school costume parade, but a mix-up leaves him with nothing but his little sister's ballerina tutu to wear! In this hilarious follow-up to the best-selling Roses Are Pink, Ypur Feet Really Stink , everyone's favorite porcupine learns all about the ups and downs of being different. Here is a madcap masquerade that will leave school-age children in stitches.

Author Notes

Diane deGroat received a BFA in commercial art from the Pratt Institute in 1969. She designed the first basic reading series for Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, before becoming a free-lancer in 1972. She has worked on advertising, editorial, and design projects, but her main focus has been children's book illustration.

She is the illustrator of more than 130 children's books and has worked with Eve Bunting, Lois Lowry, Johanna Hurwitz, and Dr. Ruth. She is also the author-illustrator of the Gilbert and Friends series and the Annie Pitts series. Her picture book Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink was an IRA-CBC Children's Choice and State Children's Book Award winner in Arkansas and North Carolina.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-8. De Groat's Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink! (1996) is a funny classroom romp about Valentine's Day. The holiday this time is Halloween. Chipmunk Gilbert and his little sister, Lola, prepare their costumes. She's a ballerina, but she wants to be just like him, a space pilot. By mistake he takes the bag with her ballerina costume to school for the parade. He's appalled, but when he discovers that most of his classmates are space pilots, he makes the most of being different, and he twirls triumphantly in his pink tutu to the refreshment table. Of course, then Lulu wants her costume back. De Groat's funny watercolor pictures capture the various animal creatures' very human expressions and body language; and the parade of pig, owl, penguin, duck, rabbit, bear, etc., in outlandish garb captures the dressing-up farce of the holiday. --Hazel Rochman

Publisher's Weekly Review

Gilbert and his sister accidentally switch costumes for their school's Halloween parade. "This cross-dressing caper gets primary-grade humor just right," said PW. Ages 5-up. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Diane de Groat's fun Halloween story (HarperCollins, 1998) involves a big brother, a little sister, and pair of mixed-up costumes. Gilbert the hedgehog can't wait to wear his Martian space pilot costume, but when he gets to school he finds that a number of his friends have had the same idea. To make matters worse, Lola's ballerina costume is inside his paper bag. Gilbert puts on a brave front when discovered in a pink tutu. Jason Harris and Peter Pamela Rose perfectly capture the voices Lola and the school kids. The only jarring note is the narrators reading the signs in the illustrations (the name on the pizza shop, on the bathroom door, on the classroom door) in the middle of the narrative. An entertaining addition to read-along collections for young children.-Laura Davies, Kenton County Public Library, KY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.