Happy Birthday

Lee Bennett Hopkins, Author, Hilary Knight, Illustrator Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing $11.95 (40p) ISBN 978-0-671-70973-0
Unlike these collaborators' recent Side by Side, this small picture book is really two volumes in one: an extended collection of verse, accompanied by a wordless depiction of a boy's activities on his birthday. Knight cleverly interweaves the disparate poems with the day-long festivities: the gift of a mouse from the boy's brother, a party where his friends play pin the tail on the donkey. Although the illustrations are full of humor and characteristic elan, these lackluster, greeting card-like verses offer little charm or wordplay. Nevertheless, the book may satisfy those looking for an unusual birthday greeting. Ages 3-7. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 07/29/1991
Release date: 08/01/1991
Hardcover - 40 pages - 978-0-671-79851-2
Hardcover - 40 pages - 978-0-689-83877-4
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