Angelina's Birthday Surprise

Katharine Holabird, Author, Helen Craig, Author, Helen Craig, Illustrator Clarkson N Potter Publishers $16 (25p) ISBN 978-0-517-57325-9
Holabird and Craig first introduced the effervescent Angelina in Angelina Ballerina. In their seventh Angelina book, the intrepid mouse and her friend Alice are riding their bikes home from a trip to the store when Angelina hits a big rock and tumbles headfirst over the handlebars. Although Angelina is only slightly hurt, her bike is damaged beyond repair. At Angelina's extravagant birthday party--winningly depicted in Craig's delicately defined watercolors--the little mouse is quite sad because she doesn't get a new bike, but her parents have a surprise in store. Unlike many birthday books, Holabird's plot takes several twists and turns; by keeping the story focused on the loss of the bike, rather than the party, she keeps the reader guessing until almost the last page. Ages 4-7. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 09/01/1989
Release date: 09/01/1989
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