From his first year, Ben's parents assiduously provide him with homemade Halloween costumes--clever, but usually casting him...

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THE BEST HALLOWEEN OF ALL

From his first year, Ben's parents assiduously provide him with homemade Halloween costumes--clever, but usually casting him as sidekick to older brother Michael (rabbit to his magician or angel to his devil) and not always comfortable--the wooden cheese wedge (Michael is a mouse) is too heavy and the robot (paired with its scientist creator) too hot inside. Finally, at seven, Ben sensibly declares his independence and makes his own costume: he's ""an intergalactic-space-starship robotron armed with a laser-pulverizer-beam rod,"" simply and comfortably engineered from one paper hag and two paper-towel rolls. A mildly satirical story that amusingly reflects realistic child development. Meddaugh's bright, cartoony art nicely extends the action and humor.

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1992

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Crown

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 1992