SOME BIRTHDAY! by Patricia Polacco


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Age Range: 4 - 8
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"My mom and dad were divorced," begins this refreshing variant on a familiar theme. Patricia and her brother stay with Dad and Gramma in the summer; when Dad seems to have forgotten Patricia's birthday, she takes it in stride, going along with him when he decides to stalk "the Monster at Clay Pit Bottoms." After a picnic by moonlight, the kids are frightened out of their wits by an apparition, but it's just Dad--he fell into the pond and came out covered with bulrushes. Meanwhile, of course, Gramma has provided a birthday cake. Both the lively narrative and the energetic illustrations capture the thrill and humor of these shenanigans; Polacco's characters' flamboyant gestures, like mime, adroitly convey both their comically exaggerated reactions and their subtler feelings. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 28th, 1991
ISBN: 0-671-72750-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 1991


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