Alison dresses as a fierce and ugly pirate for Halloween, but she is disappointed and angry when everyone says she looks cute.
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Grade 2-4?Alison is back (Alison's Wings  and Alison's Puppy [1997, both Hyperion]), and she does not want to be a pretty fairy or a princess with a sparkly crown this Halloween. Instead, she dresses as a pirate. Although she tries to be fierce and ugly while trick-or-treating, everyone keeps calling her cute. Frustrated, she pelts the elderly Miss Sheldon's porch with pebbles, making a mess. Alison's feelings of guilt ruin her night, but the following day she resolves her troubles. Bauer's accessible narrative is filled with genuine emotions, making the heroine's frustration believable. Spencer's realistic illustrations support the text well. This chapter book is appropriate for children moving to the level beyond beginning readers.?Elisabeth Palmer Abarbanel, Brentwood School, Los Angeles
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In this third book about Alison (Alison's Wings, 1996, etc.), she and her friend Cindy dress as pirates for Halloween, and are unhappy when no one is frightened by them. When an old woman declares her ``cute,'' Alison's frustration gives way to a foolish act: She throws a handful of pebbles at the woman's door. The next day she confesses and cleans up. This dull entry will convince few emerging readers to go on to Bauer's more challenging works; the plot is a door-to-door description of the trick-or-treat trail, without conveying any of the suspense of Halloween. Those who haven't met Alison previously will have no sense of her character, and the repeated use of the phrase ``fierce and ugly'' becomes a strain. (illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 6-8) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Bt Bound, 1999. Book Condition: Good. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP66342445
Book Description Bt Bound, 1999. Library Binding. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0613044517