OH NO, IT'S WAYLON'S BIRTHDAY! by James Stevenson
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Three antic animal stories infused with this prolific author's characteristic dry wit. Poor Waylon: his 249th birthday's coming up, and all he wants is something different--a tall order after 248 presents, 248 cakes, 248 parties (being an elephant, he remembers them all). His three small, ingenious friends quietly oblige him. In the second story, poor Gardner Hippo, who can't seem to find a good place to take a nap in the crowded, noisy jungle, finds that there are worse distractions than noise. In the third, poor penguins Alf, Ralph, Merrill, Darryl, Cheryl, and Beryl receive lessons in momentum on a slippery iceberg as they frantically and fruitlessly try to stay out of the drink. Working with a page size partway between ""picture book"" and ""easy reader,"" Stevenson provides illustrations that are smaller and less scribbly than usual, though also instantly recognizable as his; the text is printed entirely in blocks, rather than being partly hand-lettered. Wonderful for either private reading or sharing--if the oral reader can contain the inevitable giggles!

Pub Date: March 30th, 1989
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Greenwillow