Kipper's Birthday

Kipper's Birthday

by Mick Inkpen

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Kipper invites his friends to his birthday party. But when are the guests expected—today, tomorrow, or yesterday?


Kipper invites his friends to his birthday party. But when are the guests expected—today, tomorrow, or yesterday?

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"Just right for small people intrigued by the concepts of 'yesterday' and 'tomorrow.' "—Kirkus Reviews
Children's Literature
Kipper, the engaging, crisply drawn brown and white dog seen on television, so popular with the toddler crowd, plans a birthday party for himself. He paints invitations to his friends, asking them to "Plees come to my bithday party tomoro at 12 o cloc dont be lat," and makes an endearingly awkward-looking cake. When he's finished, he is too tired to deliver his invitations and decides to hand them out the next day. Here lies the difficulty of this book. Kipper races to hand out his invitations the next morning and is ready by noon for his party to begin, not realizing that his friends will come the next day as his invitations instruct. All alone, he eats his cake and falls asleep until the next day, when his friends knock on his door for his birthday party. Kipper is confused, and by the time his friend Tiger (also a dog) explains what has happened the reader will be thoroughly confused as well. Despite its happy ending, other Kipper titles will work better for the younger preschooler and the toddler crowd; this one will work only for older children who have grasped the basic concepts of time. 2000 (orig. 1993), Red Wagon Books/Harcourt, $13.95 and $5.95. Ages 4 to 6. Reviewer: Cherri Jones
School Library Journal
PreS-- ``Plees come to my birthday party tomoro at 12 o cloc don't be lat'' read Kipper the dog's invitations to his friends. But he gets so tired preparing for the celebration that he decides to deliver his invitations the next day. When nobody comes to his party, he eats his cake himself, falls asleep, and is awakened by a knock at the door--his guests have arrived--a day late. After some confusion, his friend Tiger explains, `` `Your birthday must have been tomorrow the day before yesterday . . . So yesterday it would have been today , but today it was yesterday.'' (This explanation may tend to confuse adults as well as children!) All is resolved happily when Kipper unwraps his presents, and the party begins. Kipper and his friends are depicted with humor and personality. The pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations are lively, and the layout is pleasing. The question is, who's the book's audience? It is debatable whether preschool children will understand the point, and first and second graders will find it too simple in story line. Don't give up on other ``Kipper'' stories, but skip this one.-- Judy Constantinides, East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library , LA

Product Details

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Kipper Series
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Product dimensions:
8.28(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.11(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Mick Inkpen is a bestselling picture book artist and writer whose Kipper and Wibbly Pig stories have sold millions worldwide. He is the winner of the Smarties Prize for Kipper's A to Z (praised by Publishers Weekly in 2001 as one of the "most distinguished titles of the year"), the British Book Award for Lullabyhullabaloo, and the Children's Book Award for Threadbear. His Kipper stories are the basis of a television show that was hailed by Parenting Magazine as a Top 10 show for children under five.

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