Some Birthday!: with audio recording

Some Birthday!: with audio recording

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by Patricia Polacco
     
 

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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

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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!
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.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442497962
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Publication date:
11/26/2013
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
40
Lexile:
590L (what's this?)
File size:
19 MB
Note:
This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

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.
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. Visit her at PatriciaPolacco.com and follow her on Facebook.

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Some Birthday! (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Patricia Polacco is one of my favorite children's authors.  I read Some Birthday to my first graders, and we all enjoyed it!  She engages the children on seveal levels. At first the children all believe that her dad has forgotten her birthday, and then  has the idea to go to the clay pit and get a picture of the  monster who allegedly lives there.  No one is let down!  I have recommended this book to coworkers as a great read aloud.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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