What if birthdays were backward?
A young Caucasian boy wakes up ready to celebrate his birthday only to find that time is moving backward. As the fanciful refrain says, they are, “[a]t the backwards birthday party, / where everything’s out of whack. / The backwards birthday party! / The partyday birthwards back.” A bouncing, jovial rhyme describes the reversed sequencing as the story moves forward—er, backward. The sun sets, the animals say goodbye, and then they enter the house in a most perplexing manner. Colorful, appealing illustrations portray the boy and his animal friends with just the right amount of detail as they eat cake first thing (hurray!) and the boy wraps presents and hands them out to each animal. The boy’s parents watch, flummoxed, as confusion and backward behavior abound. With the exception of a sentence that reads oddly (it begins at the bottom of the page and moves up), all is smooth and silly here. Youngsters will giggle along with this lighthearted selection as they relish all the important moments that birthdays bring and learn about sequencing and time in an enjoyable way.
A nice selection for any collection and, of course, an excellent birthday present. (Picture book. 4-8)