Tuesday, February 27, 2018

When's My Birthday?

When's My Birthday?
By Julie Fogliano
Illustrated by Christian Robinson
Roaring Brook Press, 2017. Picture Book.

This book is a celebration of the most exciting holiday of all - birthdays! With simple text, this book shares in the excitement and anticipation that little kids experience while waiting for their birthdays. This is a book best read aloud to fully capture the excitement and frenetic energy of young children waiting for their birthday. Simplified, childlike illustrations done in a muted toned cut paper collage are silly and (often) larger than life to drive this point home. Caldecott Honor illustrator Christian Robinson shows children in all colors celebrating and enjoying their birthdays.

Something about this book feels so timeless and retro that it is sure to be a favorite in many families for years to come. Unlike many birthday themed picture books, this one never seems too loud or too big - just subtle and realistic enough.

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