Ricky's Birthday

Ricky's Birthday

by Guido Van Genechten, Guido van Genechten
     
 

Today is Ricky’s birthday and he is ready to celebrate! Ricky wakes up early to help Mommy decorate the house for his party and cook his special birthday pancakes. All his best friends arrive except for Annie; she has a birthday surprise for him but first he has to find her.

Overview


Today is Ricky’s birthday and he is ready to celebrate! Ricky wakes up early to help Mommy decorate the house for his party and cook his special birthday pancakes. All his best friends arrive except for Annie; she has a birthday surprise for him but first he has to find her.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
All of Ricky the rabbit’s friends are coming to his birthday party—but one friend, Annie, is missing. Turns out, she’s playfully hiding in the woods for Ricky and his guests to find. After carrot pancakes and gift-giving (Daddy gives Ricky a magic set), Ricky contentedly reflects on the fun he’s had: “It’s wonderful to celebrate your birthday, Ricky thinks. And it’s also a little bit like magic: in just one day you age a whole year!” Van Genechten’s anthropomorphic rabbits carry quiet dignity with their chunky bodies and smudgy features. This high-spirited, no-drama birthday celebration should assuage any pre-party jitters readers might have. Ages 3�5. (Dec.)
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Ricky, a rabbit with one floppy ear, is having a birthday. He wakes in the morning with a feeling that the day will be perfect. He and his mother make carrot pancakes, and he waits with anticipation for his friends to come to his party. But Annie is missing. She has sent a note that leads the partygoers to follow arrows along a trail into the woods, where she gives Ricky a red birthday crown and three kisses. The bunnies return to the house for the rest of the festivities, and Ricky's father arrives with a magic set. Ricky concludes that his birthday was like magic since he aged one whole year in just a day. Van Genechten's acrylic paintings over graph paper are boldly outlined and appealing, and the art is large and uncluttered enough for group sharing. However, Ricky (2008) and Ricky Is Brave (both Clavis, 2011) have more-interesting and better-plotted story lines.—Diane Antezzo, Ridgefield Library, CT
Kirkus Reviews
Ricky's birthday can't be perfect without his best friend there to share it. When Ricky the rabbit wakes up bright and early, he knows it's going to be "a perfect day." After putting on his overalls, he helps his mother put up decorations and make the special birthday pancakes. He can hardly wait for his guests. Smiling bunnies in a variety of "ethnicities" arrive, shouting "Happy Birthday, Ricky!" Everyone brings a drawing or handmade present. Ricky should be happy, but where's his best friend, Annie? Mommy reads a special note from Annie with a challenge: Follow the blue arrows to find her. It's like hide-and-seek! They follow arrows to a wood, a bridge, a thicket of trees. Annie pops out from behind an enormous pine tree to give Ricky three kisses and a glittering birthday crown that she made herself. "Time for pancakes!" Mommy shouts. Everyone goes back to the house to eat, and Daddy shows up just in time with a special present--a box of magic tricks. With his guests' drawings hanging all around and his Daddy's present in his hand, Ricky knows it's been a magic, if rather arbitrary, day. Van Genechten's childlike, black-outlined illustrations present the day with good cheer, but the lengthy text feels out of step with both toddler-level content and look. Bland. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781605371191
Publisher:
Clavis
Publication date:
11/01/2012
Series:
Ricky
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Guido van Genechten is an illustrator and the author of several bestselling children's books, including "Because I Love You So Much," " The Big Baby Book," " The Big Eating Book," " The Big Sleep Book," " Little Kangaroo," " Little Snowman Stan," " Mommies and Their Babies," " No Ghost Under My Bed," and the Ricky series. He is the winner of the "Reader's Digest" Award for Best Children's Books Illustrator and the Picture Book of the Year in Holland.

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