Monday, October 25, 2010
Ant and Honey Bee: A Pair of Friends at Halloween
July 2010 • Candlewick Press • Ages 5-8
What a pair! From the creator of the Judy Moody and Stink series comes a charming duo with a most ingenious costume approach for Halloween.
Story: Only a few hours left until trick-or-treat, and Ant and Honey Bee still don’t have their costumes figured out. With a little creativity and a lot of elbow grease, Ant and Honey Bee finally make a perfect, two-things-that-go-together pair of costumes for Cricket’s big party. But then — plip, plip, plip, PLIP! — it starts to rain, and by the time they arrive, the proud pair looks more like a matching set of soggy sad sacks. Maybe, though, if they put their heads together, the quick-thinking friends can turn their mushy mess into a smashing success. What a pair!
Story behind the story: “I wore a lot of hand-me-downs when I was growing up,” says best-selling author Megan McDonald, looking back on her childhood with four older sisters. “It was a BIG deal when my mom made hand-sewn pilgrim costumes for my sisters at Halloween. The only problem was, my sisters outgrew them, and the pilgrim costumes got passed down to me. Year after year, there was always a pilgrim costume for me!”
“Bor-ing!,’ as Ant and Honey Bee would say.
So Megan and her best friend took matters into their own hands and created costumes for themselves. One year, they went as a banana split. Another year, they transformed big cardboard boxes into — yes, it’s true — a washer and a dryer! “Of course it poured rain,” Megan recalls. “Our cardboard costumes were turned to mush. That childhood experience, and the pilgrim costumes, inspired this story.”
“Childlike and sympathetic, the characters’ antics and conversations will have broad appeal.” – Booklist
“Filled with puns and lighthearted jokes. . . .Children will enjoy reading about how friendships can help them survive any disaster.” – School Library Journal
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