Happy Birthday, Bertie! by Marcus Pfister, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Happy Birthday, Bertie!
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Happy Birthday, Bertie!

by Marcus Pfister

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Young children will see themselves in Bertie's actions and reactions to his father's requests. Parents will recognize the stalling tactics of the very young. There is plenty of humor and a great deal of warmth in the illustrations. Father and son delight in one another's company…While it is doubtless best as a bedtime read, it is also a good choice for a preschool story hour about bedtime or daddies. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo Children’s Literature
Children's Literature - Debby Willett
Bertie is having a birthday and three of his best friends are coming. Before they come though, there is so much to do. First he wants to have a bath, which reminds him of the gift he hopes his daddy is giving him, goggles, for when he goes swimming! The most important thing is baking his birthday cake and he is going to help his daddy. After the chocolate frosting, they put on candies and candles and Bertie asks if he can open daddy's present. But daddy wants him to wait. Decorations have to go up and then the doorbell rings—Hannah, Alex, and Benny arrive for the party. With presents for Bertie! After playing and singing happy birthday to Bertie they all sit down to eat the cake. Finally it is time to open the presents. What will Bertie get? This book is an interesting concept. Most books are focused on children with families or children with mothers, but this one is a child and his daddy. This is important because the daddy-child relationship is one that seems to be neglected. Pfister's story shows a loving relationship with his son that is built through helping, fun, and caring. The colorful illustrations of hippos add an element of fancy. It is a fun book to read and the age appropriateness is correct to the level suggested. Add this book to a home, public, or school library children will not be disappointed. Reviewer: Debby Willett
School Library Journal
PreS-K—A young hippo prepares for his birthday party by taking a bath, stirring the batter for the cake his Daddy bakes, and putting up decorations, all the while longing for his gift from his father. His friends—a rhino, an alligator, and a bear—arrive with presents. They play a game of hide-and-seek, during which Bertie manages to sneak a bit of cake and look at the gifts and Daddy searches high and low for the present he hid too well. Bear slips from his hiding place on top of a cupboard, bringing down the decorations and Daddy's misplaced gift. As in the author's Bertie: Just Like Daddy (NorthSouth, 2009), there is no mother in the picture. Pfister's anthropomorphic animals are unrelentingly cheerful, even when bear falls down. The overly bright flower-patterned backgrounds, clothes, and endpapers hammer home the point that this is a happy story. This Swiss import does not have the charm of Russell Hoban's A Birthday for Frances (HarperCollins, 1968) or Rosemary Wells's Bunny Party (Viking, 2001). Better birthday party books abound; this one is for undiscriminating Pfister fans only.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT

Product Details

North-South Books, Inc.
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Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.30(d)
AD470L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Marcus Pfister is the author of the phenomenally successful Rainbow Fish series, as well as many other books for children.

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