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Monday, February 18, 2019

Ten Rules of the Birthday Wish, written by Beth Ferry and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. Putnam, Penguin Random House. 2019. $23.99 ages 4 and up

"Rule no. 2
You must have a PARTY! 

A celebration, hoopla., or jamboree. There should be games and laughter  and definitely hats. Hats immediately elevate the party mood.
Food is also a good idea (see Rule #3), as are streamers, confetti, and balloons.

Unless ... "

Who doesn't like having a new birthday book in their repertoire? It seems there can never be enough of them. After all, their birthday is the best day of the year for most kids. We all love to celebrate those special days with family and friends, don't we?

Two traced hands with ten little fingers provide an invitation for readers to place their own hands right on top. That way there will be no confusion over the opening statement:

"There are, 
there most definitely are,

       very specific, tried and true,
        and absolutely essential
        Rules For The Making of
        a Birthday Wish."

Let the counting begin. Counting up, and placing each rule in bold and large font, readers will be privy to the details that make birthday wishes so special. Each rule is presented on a double page spread, which may or may not be accompanied by following pages with exceptions to that rule. There are conditions where the exact rule may not apply because of extenuating circumstances.

"Rule no. 5
There must be singing. 

Traditionally the "Happy Birthday" song.
Sung happily and loudly and definitely off-key.
Unless your friends are feathered ...

you're lucky enough
to have friends who can
and carry a tune,
sit back and
enjoy the show."

Tom Lichtenheld's humorous and detailed artwork is done in pencil, watercolor, colored pencil and pastel. Sure to elicit big smiles. the occasional guffaw, and contented sighs, it offers context for the rules as they are presented and visual information about the animals attending as well. There is much to see and celebrate. Young readers will be captivated by those animals and their unique ways of celebrating such a special day.

"Don't forget that "wish" ends in
so keep your wish quiet,

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