Jerry Seinfeld, the Emmy award-winning comedian, writer and actor, starred for nine years in Seinfeld, one of the most acclaimed sitcoms of all time. James Bennett has illustrated for many major publications, including Time, Sports Illustrated, Business Week, and Mad MagazinePrevious Books: Halloween
Gr 2-4-Seinfeld's reminiscences of Halloweens past have an adult sensibility, a 60s' nostalgia that is not likely to appeal to today's kids. The story, as such, rambles terribly and the whiny narration fails to draw readers in. Also, putting the keywords in oversized orange type-"get candy" (Seinfeld's mission), "Bing-Bong" (doorbell), "Halloween," "fantastic," etc.-is annoying. Bennett's bright oil paintings are excellent, and the close-eyed, big-headed caricatures sport interesting perspectives that may appeal to elementary schoolers. The coat-over-disappointing-costume dejection scene, Jerry's disdain of the ubiquitously despised Circus Peanuts, and a jaded, older Seinfeld perfunctorily demanding candy certainly capture the spirit, and greed, of the holiday and provide humorous slice-of-life glimpses. But despite Bennett's empathic art-he draws a great Superman, Seinfeld's costume hero-the graphics can't save this meandering memory of juvenile role-playing.-John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
According to Seinfeld (and most kids would agree), the trick-or-treating mindset involves two words: "Get candy." In this sugar-fueled nostalgia trip, a familiar-looking boy with beady eyes and a savvy smirk targets name-brand chocolate bars. "I'll wear anything I have to wear... to get the candy from those fools who are so stupidly giving it away," he pants. Seinfeld's junior doppelganger shops for a Superman costume with an uncomfortable plastic mask ("Remember the rubber band on the back of those masks? That was a quality item. Thinnest gray rubber in the world"), and his impatient friends occasion some observational humor that adults will enjoy as much as their progeny (" `You guys, wait up!' Kids don't want other kids to wait, they want them to wait up"). Bennett, who has drawn for MAD magazine, gets Seinfeld's skeptical frown and white sneakers just right, and his visual gags complement the comic's incredulous voice. When Mrs. Seinfeld makes her boy wear a winter coat over his Superman outfit, the book presents a mock-heroic portrait of the Man of Steel, muscular arm punching the night sky and brown corduroy over his cape. After the coat fiasco, young Seinfeld dresses as a nitpicky accountant, with a green visor and a filing cabinet for "chewy things," "sour things" and "rejects." This smart-alecky monologue disrespects grown-ups, apples and marshmallow peanuts just the thing for jaded candy-chasers. All ages. (Sept.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.