Poor lion doesn't have a clue.
Left in the dark regarding his surprise party, he cries all alone. It appears all his friends are in on the occasion; Crocodile orchestrates the activities, Monkey guffaws at its very thought and excitable Elephant shows he is ready for entertainment. Overall, the cause-and-effect scheme provides specific reasons for the feelings portrayed. “Crocodile plans a surprise. Crocodile feels SNEAKY.” Giraffe, however, remains the odd animal out; his timidity receives redundant rephrasing without extending its emotional concept: “Sometimes Giraffe is bashful. Giraffe feels SHY.” The initial group gathers, as well as a few last-minute attendees, in a jovial celebration, party hats and horns included. The characters balance between padded, boldly trimmed spreads to rainbow effect. Their body language reflects each mood; Monkey sticks out his tongue (such a naughty tease), while the cheerful elephant showers himself in exuberant bliss. Illustrations are on relatively light card stock, which is glued to padded blocks to make extra-thick pages. Because the card stock is otherwise unreinforced, use will likely cause pages to separate at the hinges.A presentation with roaring potential, stunted by its lack of durability. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)