Here's a book that's as focused as its small protagonist, who can't wait for the big day. After comparing himself to friends, and even to the cat, who all seem to have more birthdays than he does; marking a calendar; and, especially, asking Mom, again and again, Danny's impatience finally comes to an end with presents and a prototypical party, all cheerily detailed in Clarke's lively, cartoon-style illustrations. ""Was it worth waiting for?"" ""Yes, Mom,"" says Danny. ""But...How many days till Christmas?"" Danny's state of mind is not so much exaggerated as emphasized with a wry good humor that just may give kids a clue as to how their elders see them.