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Reviewed by Sylvia Heslin for Readers' Favorite
J.P. is very sad because he forgot that the school’s Halloween costume parade was today. It can feel awful when you forget something that is important and special like a Halloween parade. In Andi Houdek's book, J.P’S Halloween Parade, J.P. feels sad because he is the only one of his friends that forgot to wear a Halloween costume. J.P.’s friends are wearing costumes dressed as a construction worker, a ballerina, a fairy, and an angel. However, J.P. does not have a costume to wear. J.P. is sad, but he tries very hard to hold back his tears. Sometimes, it can be hard not to feel sad when you are the only one of your friends not wearing a costume for the Halloween parade.
Andi Houdek's J.P'S Halloween Parade is a book that all children, K-3rd, can easily understand. The language is so simple that I think young pre-school age children can grasp the concepts presented in the book as well. I feel that J.P.'S Halloween Parade is well-written and I think that Andi Houdek does a very good job telling the story of the boy named J.P., who felt sad because he did not have a Halloween costume for the Halloween Parade. Andi Houdek does a good job with teaching children about the kindness of friends, and how J.P.’s friend has made him feel special even though he was not wearing a costume. I really liked how Andi Houdek added an additional page in the back of the book where she explains what Random Acts of Kindness are, and how important they can be. Andi Houdek provides an opportunity for children that read her book, a place where they can share, and write down their feelings about their favorite Halloween costume. There is also space where they can share their own feelings about when they were feeling sad or upset. I enjoyed reading the book so much that I plan to share it with my own pre-school class.