Morgan's Birthday

Morgan's Birthday

by Ted Staunton, Ben Shannon
     
 

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Morgan loves everything about birthdays-presents, party food, cakes, games-and is sure that nothing can spoil his upcoming birthday. Nothing, that is, but Aldeen Hummel, the Godzilla of Grade Three. When Morgan's mom makes him invite Aldeen to his birthday party, he's sure that she'll wreck it. And when a wild food-fight breaks out, she almost does. But a strange

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Morgan loves everything about birthdays-presents, party food, cakes, games-and is sure that nothing can spoil his upcoming birthday. Nothing, that is, but Aldeen Hummel, the Godzilla of Grade Three. When Morgan's mom makes him invite Aldeen to his birthday party, he's sure that she'll wreck it. And when a wild food-fight breaks out, she almost does. But a strange and unexpected present brings Morgan and Aldeen together, showing them what they share in common. Morgan's Birthday is a story about a boy who discovers a valuable gift where he least expects it.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Two short transitional books about kids in humorously challenging situations. In the first one, Robyn gets to select where her class will go on their next field trip. She has just received a letter from the local newspaper that seems to name her as a coloring-contest winner, so she opts for the local gallery as a suitable destination for a budding artistic genius. Her classmates are unhappy with the choice, and even her best friend expects a boring day. To make things worse, Robyn discovers that she has not won the contest after all. In Birthday, Morgan's plans take a dreadful turn when his parents insist that he invite the class bully to his party. When Aldeen arrives, she turns things upside down, dumping the paintball ammunition over the other guests, winning musical chairs via "murder noogies," and dropping the cake. Morgan figures the day is ruined, but discovers that Aldeen has qualities he didn't expect. Of the two books, Art Attack is the better choice. Robyn is a resourceful and clever character, and she recruits a friend to help scout out the art gallery for interesting attractions and challenges the newspaper for its deceptive advertising. The characters in Birthday are less admirable. Although Morgan and Aldeen reach an understanding, the kids are rude and cruel to her for most of the story. The humor is physical and often rather malicious. Both books have black-and-white drawings, done in an exaggerated cartoon style for Birthday and more realistic pictures for Art Attack.-Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780887805608
Publisher:
Formac Publishing Company, Limited
Publication date:
04/19/2002
Series:
Formac First Novels Series, #21
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.13(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Ted Staunton divides his time between writing and a busy schedule as a speaker, workshop leader, storyteller and musical performer for children and adults. Ted lives in Port Hope, Ontario. For more information, visit www.tedstauntonbooks.com.

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