Gus and Grandpa and the Halloween Costume (Hardcover)

By Claudia Mills, Catherine Stock (Illustrator)

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9780374328160, 48pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2002

List Price: 15.00*
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It's Halloween, and Gus doesn't know what to wear. His mom won't let him have a store-bought costume; his dad thinks any old thing will do. Ryan Mason is going to be a vampire, with a cape, fangs, and fake blood. Gus wishes he could be a vampire, too, but, unfortunately, his mother thinks gory store-bought costumes are the worst of all. Gus's only hope is Grandpa's house. Readers will delight in what Gus finds (a fabulous costume) and finds out (Grandma made it for Daddy when nothing else would do), as once again Gus and Grandpa prove what "a perfect team" they are.

Credit for the "superb job of illuminating [Gus's] emotions and thoughts" goes to Claudia Mills, and for the "expressive illustrations" to Catherine Stock (The Horn Book).

About the Author

Claudia Mills and Catherine Stock have collaborated on all the books in the Gus and Grandpa series, including the ALA Notable Book "Gus and Grandpa at Basketball." Ms. Mills lives in Boulder, Colorado, and Ms. Stock lives in New York City.

Praise For Gus and Grandpa and the Halloween Costume

"Gus and his grandfather celebrate Halloween together in this eighth entry in the series . . . Gus has a problem to solve: his parents don't approve of store-bought Halloween costumes, and they think their son can come up with his own . . . Mills quietly shows Gus solving his own problem, both in figuring out a suitable costume and in handling how he presents his heriloom costume to his friends." - Kirkus Reviews

"The words and watercolor pictures are . . . eloquent with quiet affection." --Booklist