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The Best Birthday Party Ever    by Jennifer LaRue Huget & LeUyen Pham order for
Best Birthday Party Ever
by Jennifer LaRue Huget
Order:  USA  Can
Random House, 2011 (2011)
Hardcover, e-Book
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch

If your child feels that his or her birthday is the biggest event that Planet Earth has ever encountered, then he or she will relate to this charming picture book.

The birthday girl narrates her story, as she counts down to days to the huge birthday party that she is planning for herself. When the story opens, her birthday is 5 months, 3 weeks, 2 days and 8 hours away. Time to start planning!

In her grand fantasies, she will be having a birthday fit for a queen, and as time marches forward, the plans grow to mythical proportions as she adds new events or guests. There will be skywriting, thousands of pink balloons, several magicians, a circus, the works.

'I believe the President of the United States will send me a birthday card that we can read out loud at my party. And so will the Queen of England. After my party I will frame those cards and hang them on my wall.
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We can put all my presents on a float so everyone can get a good look at them. And I can sit on top of the pile and wave at everyone. Like a princess. And maybe I could throw sparkly necklaces and candy into the crowd.

And if we're having a parade, maybe we should have fireworks, too.

Mom says this birthday party of mine is getting a little bit out of hand.

Okay, maybe we can skip the sparkly necklaces.

When the big day actually arrives, the party is much more subdued than her original plans. In fact, it is a typical birthday party, with a few friends and decorations and a regular cake: nothing over the top.

Surprise, surprise: rather than being disappointed that her day didn't go as planned, she enjoys the day she has and immediately starts planning next year's bash.

This is a highly recommended book that will appeal to lower elementary ages and younger; the bright pink-hued and whimsical drawings contribute to the book's appeal.

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