MY BROWN BEAR BARNEY AT THE PARTY by Dorothy Butler

MY BROWN BEAR BARNEY AT THE PARTY

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Age Range: 4 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

Butler’s latest installment featuring the stalwart, fuzzy brown companion has Barney (My Brown Bear Barney in Trouble, 1993, etc.) attending a rambunctious birthday party with his owner. On the big day, the narrator and her best friend Fred arrive bearing gifts for Harold, the birthday boy. The problem is that Harold’s baby sister, Poppy, promptly confiscates Barney. The series of misadventures that ensues will seem perfectly reasonable to tots and alarmingly familiar to parents and caregivers. In the chaos of the three celebrants pitching out of the hammock “ship” and a subsequent, rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday,” Barney gets alternately painted and dunked in the aquarium by Poppy. This necessitates not one but two baths for the soiled toy. Thus when the party is over—and Harold’s mother recumbent upon her bed—Barney looks all fluffy and new while the partygoers look quite disheveled but beamingly happy. Butler’s simple prose is just right for young children. Preschoolers in particular will relish the meticulous descriptions of the day’s activities, which include an in-depth accounting of the preparations leading up to the big event. Fuller’s detailed watercolors, reminiscent of photographs, are presented scrapbook style, with each individual illustration framed with an edging of color and occupying three quarters of every page. Brimming with adventure and fun, this is one little ones will enjoy hearing over and again. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Feb. 28th, 2001
ISBN: 0-688-17548-1
Page count: 24pp
Publisher: Greenwillow/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 2000




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