Happy Birthday

Shep Ireland, Author C.R. Gibson Company $4.75 (1p) ISBN 978-0-8378-0333-3
This set of miniature picture books stars two fastidious, perpetually smiling rabbit brothers named Wesley and Wendell. Each of their adventures begins with a planning session--not a moment is wasted. A relaxing day at the beach includes swimming, looking for shells, a picnic, feeding the gulls, flying kites, building a castle, playing volleyball and sending a message in a bottle. Ireland's bright watercolors and humorous details add spark to lackluster texts that often read like a generic activities list. A delicate, flowery border surrounds each page, a device that frequently seems at odds with the subject matter. Wesley and Wendell lack the irreverent spontaneity and humor that children find appealing. Young readers may also find it difficult to identify with characters whose permanent grins prevent them from ever opening their eyes. Ages 4-7. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 12/02/1991
Release date: 12/01/1991
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