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School Library Journal11/01/2014
Gr 6–8—Some kids would throw a party every weekend if they could, while others dread the very idea. Both types will get something out of this series: there are fresh themes, recipes, and activities for the veteran party animal and planning and scheduling checklists to reassure the more timid host. These authors have thought of everything for disaster-proofing a special occasion, from citronella candles for outdoor parties to a quiet room for early-to-bed types at sleepovers. And put that excitable dog in the basement! Parents will appreciate the emphasis on manners and consideration: each book includes advice on putting together a guest list and making sure nobody feels left out, as well as party rules, cleanup, and thank-you notes. Energetic design with lots of photos of diverse kids ensures wide appeal, and while super-duper-mega-exuberant language may have some kids stifling giggles, hey, it's a party!