Platypus and the Birthday Party

Platypus and the Birthday Party

by Chris Riddell
     
 

Platypus wants to give Bruce, his favorite stuffed animal, the best birthday party ever. He's got everything they need: silly hats, colorful decorations, and festive games.
But when his friend Echidna comes over to help out, Platypus discovers he has a lot to learn about birthday parties—except, of course, how to have fun!

Overview

Platypus wants to give Bruce, his favorite stuffed animal, the best birthday party ever. He's got everything they need: silly hats, colorful decorations, and festive games.
But when his friend Echidna comes over to help out, Platypus discovers he has a lot to learn about birthday parties—except, of course, how to have fun!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for the Platypus books:
"Riddell's clean and clear ink-and-watercolor pictures perfectly depict the madcap adventures of this lovable hero."—School Library Journal

"Keep on smiling."—Kirkus Reviews

"This duckbill will seem like an old friend to most young listeners."—School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly
The playful hero returns in his third book, Platypus and the Birthday Party by Chris Riddell. Platypus and his friend Echidna, a spiny-coated fellow (similar to a porcupine) host a birthday party for Bruce, a toy platypus. Together they make an "echidna cake," blow up balloons, which pop on Echidna's quills, and make decorations. The party is so much fun that Platypus says "Let's have another one tomorrow!" Humorous, expressive illustrations of the duck-billed, web-footed Platypus and his quill-covered friend complement the buoyant text. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The charming star of Platypus and Platypus and the Lucky Day (both Harcourt, 2002) returns in his third book. In this adventure, the spirited animal decides to throw a birthday party for his favorite stuffed animal, Bruce. He and his friend Echidna prepare for the event. They make birthday hats, a cake with bananas that looks like an echidna, blow up balloons (they play with them and pop them on Echidna's quills), and build paper chains. When everything is complete, they realize that they have forgotten Bruce whom they go back and retrieve. Lively, watercolor and black-ink illustrations enhance the story. The illustrations of Platypus and Echidna are expressive and humorous. The simple lines and white background help focus the attention on the characters' activities. Youngsters will enjoy this story of two friends enjoying themselves in celebration. Platypus has so much fun that he wants to "have another one tomorrow!" 2003, Harcourt, Ages 2 to 5.
— Pat Williams
School Library Journal
PreS-The lovable star of Platypus and Platypus and the Lucky Day (both Harcourt, 2002) returns in another delightful adventure. Here, the enthusiastic animal decides to throw a birthday party for his favorite stuffed animal. Together, he and his friend Echidna prepare for the event, donning homemade birthday hats, making a cake, blowing up balloons, and building paper chains. When everything is finally ready, they realize that they have forgotten the guest of honor. Lively, watercolor and black-ink illustrations enhance the accessible story. The white backgrounds and simple lines keep the focus on the characters' antics. Although the plot is slight, children will enjoy this warmhearted tale of good friends sharing a special time.-Andrea Tarr, Corona Public Library, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152047535
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/01/2003
Series:
Platypus Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.63(w) x 9.38(h) x (d)
Age Range:
3 Years

Meet the Author

CHRIS RIDDELL is a renowned political cartoonist who has illustrated many books for children, including Pirate Diary: The Journal of Jake Carpenter by Richard Platt, which won Great Britain's prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal. He lives in Brighton, England.

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