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Lithgow Party Palooza!: 52 Unexpected Ways to Make a Birthday, Holiday, or Any Day a Celebration
     

Lithgow Party Palooza!: 52 Unexpected Ways to Make a Birthday, Holiday, or Any Day a Celebration

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by John Lithgow
 
Holidays, birthdays -- whatever the reason you decide to whoop it up, there's a palooza for it!

John Lithgow -- star of stage, screen, and television and bestselling children's book author -- has spent years perfecting the art of the palooza. A palooza is an invitation to a creative adventure, a jumping-off point for making your own fun. All

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Holidays, birthdays -- whatever the reason you decide to whoop it up, there's a palooza for it!

John Lithgow -- star of stage, screen, and television and bestselling children's book author -- has spent years perfecting the art of the palooza. A palooza is an invitation to a creative adventure, a jumping-off point for making your own fun. All twelve months of the year are loaded with opportunities to palooza. Sure, you can celebrate all the familiar holidays and birthdays the way you always have. Or you can turn those days -- and every other day -- into something special: a real wingding of a palooza!

This book is packed with fifty-two of John's easy and original celebrations for kids ages three through twelve. Each palooza costs little to nothing, and if you learn a little about art or music or food or philosophy along the way, hey, who's complaining! So turn off the TV, roll up your sleeves, and dive into:

Beatlemania: Plunge into the exuberance and musical genius of the Beatles and have a party no one will ever forget.

Opening Day: The first day of the baseball season signals a new beginning and the chance for a family of fans to invent a new tradition.

National Bubble Day: Yes, it really is on January 8, but you can stage this party any day of the year.

Tilting at Windmills: Make like the madcap adventurer Don Quixote on Miguel de Cervantes's birthday.

Lithgow Party Paloozas! shows us how to make holidays unique and birthdays original -- and how to party with a palooza every day of the year.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Children's parties, or the thought of them, can strike terror in the hearts of many otherwise sophisticated and competent adults. A little help in the areas of what to do and how to do it would certainly be appreciated. That is the objective of actor Lithgow's latest book (after the award-winning A Lithgow Palooza!), which defines a "palooza" as a jumping-off point for inverting fun. Sidebars for each chapter describe the appropriate age of participants, materials needed, running time, and budget. Activities are arranged by the months of the year, so that snow activities fall in January and the "Waterworld" palooza in August. Unfortunately, some of the paloozas, e.g., "Sherlock" and "Tilting at Windmills," are so complicated that already frustrated adults would have difficulty setting the scene for children ages nine and older. Others are so simple, e.g., "One, Two, Tree" and "Gourdgeous," that one hardly needs to consult a book. Lithgow may provide a starting off point, but his sequel falls short of its promise. An optional purchase.-Ann Weber, Bellarmine Coll. Prep. Lib., San Jose, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780743270885
Publisher:
Touchstone
Publication date:
05/04/2005
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

John Lithgow is the New York Times bestselling author of I Got Two Dogs, Mahalia Mouse Goes to College, Marsupial Sue Presents: The Runaway Pancake, I'm A Manatee, Micawber, Marsupial Sue, The Remarkable Farkle McBride, and Carnival of the Animals. An award-winning actor, he has starred on stage, film, and television. He performs concerts across the country, and has recorded the CDs Farkle and Friends, Singin' in the Bathtub and The Sunny Side of the Street. Visit John at lithgowforkids.com.

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Lithgow Party Palooza! 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm sorry but some of my favorite activities in this book¿ Tilting at Windmills and Dickensia, for example¿are the kind LIbrary Journal describes as 'too complicated' and I think their reviewer is just plain wrong. The activities in this book have a delightful joy factor¿usually in the form of Mr. Lithgow's affection for some bit of literature or music or art that is utterly infectious. I don't think there is a activity in this book that is too complicated or too simple¿any reader with just a bit of curiosity and creativity can make their own magic with the ideas presented. And if we're raising kids without curiosity or creative impulse, well, maybe John Lithgow is trying to do something about that! I loved his first palooza book and found that the best way to try a palooza for the first time is to choose one to do with your child. You'll get a bird's eye view of how the activity sets them on the creative journey and you'll have a good gulp of fun yourself. But then leave them to their own devices¿the best part of this book is how you can set them up with the tools for play and then let them do the rest. It's really gratifying to see what happens next.