Some Birthday!

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A Child Study Association Children's Book of the Year
An IRA/CBC Children's Choices Book
A Parents' Choice Awards Picture Honor Book

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

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Overview

A Child Study Association Children's Book of the Year
An IRA/CBC Children's Choices Book
A Parents' Choice Awards Picture Honor Book

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: 9780671871703
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/1993
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 114,558
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 590L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Polacco

Patricia Polacco belongs to a family of storytellers, poets, farmers, teachers, and artists. They came from many parts of the world, but mainly Russia. She grew up to be an illustrator, a designer, and creator of many beloved children’s books, including The Keeping Quilt, The Blessing Cup, Fiona’s Lace, The Trees of the Dancing Goats, Babushka’s Doll, and My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother. She lives in Union City, Michigan.

Patricia Polacco belongs to a family of storytellers, poets, farmers, teachers, and artists. They came from many parts of the world, but mainly Russia. She grew up to be an illustrator, a designer, and creator of many beloved children’s books, including The Keeping Quilt, The Blessing Cup, Fiona’s Lace, The Trees of the Dancing Goats, Babushka’s Doll, and My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother. She lives in Union City, Michigan.

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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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