Some Birthday!

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"Anything special happening today, Daddy?" Patricia asked, hoping it would help him remember. "Nope, honey. Today's about the same as any other day, I'd say."
Some birthday! Where was the cake with all the candles, the brightly wrapped present, and the family singing "happy birthday" all together? Not only had the festivities apparently been forgotten, but Dad suggests a trip to one of the scariest places on earth — home of the Clay Pit Bottoms Monster!
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Overview

"Anything special happening today, Daddy?" Patricia asked, hoping it would help him remember. "Nope, honey. Today's about the same as any other day, I'd say."
Some birthday! Where was the cake with all the candles, the brightly wrapped present, and the family singing "happy birthday" all together? Not only had the festivities apparently been forgotten, but Dad suggests a trip to one of the scariest places on earth — home of the Clay Pit Bottoms Monster!
With a sparkle of mischief, Patricia Polacco's bold, expressive pictures tell how a certain little girl has the spookiest, most exciting, funniest, and best birthday ever.

On her birthday Dad takes a young girl and her brother to see the Monster at Clay Pit Bottom.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The entire family has forgotten Patricia's birthday. And to make matters worse, Dad has proposed an evening trip to the Clay Pit at the edge of town--``one of the scariest places on earth.'' Armed with campfire provisions and outfitted in rain gear and galoshes, Dad, Patricia, her brother Rich and cousin Billy embark on the eerie adventure. But when Dad walks off to investigate a mysterious rustling, the children are certain they've spotted the notorious Clay Pit Monster and run screaming all the way home. Belly laughs abound as Dad reveals the monster's true identity, and then the real fun begins--a party for the birthday girl complete with cake and presents. Polacco's ( Rechenka's Eggs ; The Keeping Quilt ) warm illustrations are bursting with homey details, from sweaters frayed at the elbows and worn armchairs to miniature framed snapshots and overloaded electrical outlets. Her particularly emotive faces come alive with fear and anticipation, and a skillful blend of bold, moonlit night scenes and the ample white space of day provides an exciting sense of motion. Polacco has served up a delicious slice of family life. Ages 4-7. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Did everyone forget her birthday? Patricia is so dissapointed, but things change pretty quickly when Dad takes everyone for a late night cookout and a hunt for the Monster at Clay Pit Bottoms. It's a surprise birthday party with a real twist that young kids are bound to enjoy. Polacco's wonderful illustrations are lively and move the story right along to its humorous conclusion. An International Reading Association Children's Choice and recipient of a starred review in Booklist.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-- Polacco recalls a memorable birthday celebration from her young life--a summer nighttime cookout with her father, brother, and cousin Billy at the spooky Clay Pit Bottoms, rumored home of a monster. The scary creature sighted turns out to be her dripping Dad, who has fallen into the water. Patricia's birthday is celebrated properly, at last, with cake and a present, but it's the memory of the Clay Pit adventure that lingers. Polacco's inimitable illustrations perfectly accompany this playful tale. From the surprised faces of the quartet on the cover to her father's gleeful glance over the rubber-monster-topped, whipped-cream cake, she has deftly evoked both story and personality in her familiar pencil, colored marker, and acrylic paintings. A tender look at a loving extended family and a great read-aloud as well.-- Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671727505
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/1991
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 1,041,135
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Polacco

An illustrator, designer, and writer of children's books, Patricia Polacco comes from a family of storytellers, poets, dirt farmers, teachers, and artists. She has received the International Reading Association Award for Rechenka's Eggs and the Sydney Taylor Book Award for The Keeping Quilt, which was recommended by School Library Journal for its "richly detailed" and "beautifully conceived" illustrations (starred review). Booklist called Babushka's Doll "a good, original story, illustrated with panache" (starred review). Like the heroine of Some Birthday! as a child Patricia Polacco summered in Williamston, Michigan, where sightings of the Clay Pit Bottoms Monster are still reported. She now lives in Oakland, California with her husband and two children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2007

    An Okay Book

    Hi, my name is Skyler and I think you should read ¿Some Birthday¿ by Patricia Polacco. They go to the clay pit for Patricia¿s birthday. Patricia says that it¿s the scariest place on Earth! Her brothers say it¿s true. Her dad, brothers, and she head to the clay pit. On then way, her dad reminds them about the monster at the clay pit. Well, I hope you like this book! Reviewed by: Skyler

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