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Party Animals

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by Kathie Lee Gifford, Peter Bay Alexandersen
     
 

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Successful talk show host, singer, songwriter, actress, and author Kathie Lee Gifford has come up with a delightful book for children! Lucy Goosy is carefully reviewing her list of animals to invite for her birthday party. She has to make sure to invite the right guests so that her party will be perfect. But when she focuses on everyone’s bad qualities,

Overview

Successful talk show host, singer, songwriter, actress, and author Kathie Lee Gifford has come up with a delightful book for children! Lucy Goosy is carefully reviewing her list of animals to invite for her birthday party. She has to make sure to invite the right guests so that her party will be perfect. But when she focuses on everyone’s bad qualities, instead of good, she discovers that there is no one to attend! With a little help from the Wise Owl, Lucy Goosy discovers it is our special characteristics that make us unique. Written in adorable sing-song rhyme, Kathie Lee Gifford’s new picture book for children teaches us that we are all special because we are different!

This endearing book comes with a CD, where the accompanying song “Party Animals” is performed by the author so kids can read and sing along with the music.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A birthday invitation readers can remove from an envelope cleverly ushers them into Today Show host Gifford's chirpy story about finicky Lucy Goosy, who “wanted her party to be simply the best,/ so she had to be careful when choosing each guest.” It's no easy task: Pig will eat all the food, Goat is always in a bad mood, poky Turtle will be late, and Bee is too busy to leave his hive. The meter is on target, but the verse can be weak (“If I invite Ant, I'll get ants in my pants!”). Danish artist Alexandersen portrays the animals with comedic hyperbole. Self-indulgent Cat models a snazzy new gown, Cow wears a ruffled frock while eating hay with fork and knife, and cocky Rooster performs on stage while wearing a leather jacket and sunglasses. In a fairly treacly denouement, Owl chastises Lucy for being too critical and advises her to invite everyone: “Yes, each has a gift that no one else gives./ So let's celebrate how different each one of us is!” Gifford sings the lyrics on an accompanying CD. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—This picture book opens with a removable invitation to Lucy Goosy's birthday party. As the bird contemplates which of the farm animals to invite, however, she finds fault with each potential guest. She seeks advice from Owl, who points out that no one is perfect, including Lucy herself. He encourages the critical goose to celebrate her friends' differences instead. Rhyming text with plenty of dialogue gets right to the heart of the story. "'I can't invite Pig. She'll eat all the food.'/'And Goat is always in such a bad mood!'" Alexandersen's artwork brings out Lucy's criticisms and will elicit giggles from children. Horse, for instance, sits eating a grass sandwich at a classroom desk. The final spread catches the party in full swing, wild with activity. An accompanying CD contains a pleasant mix of Gifford reading and singing, with appropriate sound effects added. It also includes Gifford singing an upbeat song about kids moving; unfortunately, the lyrics for that selection are not in the book. This story with a message would fit well into larger picture-book collections, but it's strictly an additional purchase.—Lynn K. Vanca, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Richfield, OH

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762438891
Publisher:
Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date:
04/13/2010
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Kathie Lee Gifford is noted for her 15-year run (1985-2000) on the talk show Live with Regis and Kathie Lee. She has received 11 Emmy nominations. In 2008, Gifford started co-hosting the fourth hour of NBC's Today Show. Her most recent book, Just When I Thought I Dropped My Last Egg, debuted at #8 on the New York Times best seller list. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children.

Peter Bay Alexandersen trained at Designskolen Kolding, Denmark's leading design institution. On completion of his studies he went on to work as a toy designer at Lego. He then worked as an illustrator for a number of Danish publishing houses and has continued to the present day. He now lives in Copenhagen with his designer wife, Janne Wendt and their four sons.

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Party Animals 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
proudUSAFspouse More than 1 year ago
This book is just adorable!! My little girl and I have shared many giggles reading the rhyme and cute illustrations. But is also has a great message!!! Thank you Kathie Lee and Peter for creating a wonderful snuggle time read. :o)
PNA More than 1 year ago
I love a good children's book with a good moral. Very cleavorly rhymed into a children's story. Having musical CD with book excellent, we all retain more through music. Very helpful in teaching children that no one is perfect. Only wish could use humans rather than animals in story. That said, anxiously awaiting next story and CD.
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Jack29 More than 1 year ago
Very Cute Story with a Good Lesson. Enjoyable to Read.
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