cover image Earth Day, Birthday!

Earth Day, Birthday!

Maureen Wright, illus. by Violet Kim. Marshall Cavendish, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-7614-6109-8

It’s Earth Day, but while a giraffe and cheetah sort recyclables and a lion, tiger, and snake create a compost bin, a small monkey insists that it’s his birthday. Green tips are peppered throughout Kim’s endearing cartoons: a toucan points to a sign that says “Use Cloth Bags Instead of Plastic” and the compost bin reads “Compost Helps A Garden Grow.” Though the Earth Day/birthday wordplay at the heart of the joke may wear thin, the animals’ enthusiasm is motivating. Ages 3–7. (Apr.)