The Best Birthday Ever! By Me (Lana Kittie) (with help from Charise Harper)

The Best Birthday Ever! By Me (Lana Kittie) (with help from Charise Harper)

by Charise Mericle Harper
     
 


Your birthday may only come once a year, but you've got all year long to practice for it. Lana Kittie will walk you through all the steps--what to eat (hint: not pickles and maccaroni), what to wear (anything you want!) and how to enjoy your most special day ever! Don't wait! You've only got 365 days left to practice!

Lana Kittie, the irrepressible little

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Your birthday may only come once a year, but you've got all year long to practice for it. Lana Kittie will walk you through all the steps--what to eat (hint: not pickles and maccaroni), what to wear (anything you want!) and how to enjoy your most special day ever! Don't wait! You've only got 365 days left to practice!

Lana Kittie, the irrepressible little sister of everyone's favorite, best-dressed heroine, Fashion Kitty, covers all the details leading up to the best birthday ever! Loaded with charm, personality and practical advice, How to Have the Best Birthday Ever shows us how to make that special day count--all year long.

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Publishers Weekly
Birthday parties aren't just annual indulgences in narcissism; they also offer teachable moments on the art of being a gracious hostess. Harper (Cupcake) wears her etiquette doyenne hat lightly as her sprightly heroine guides readers through a successful (practice) soiree, with her toys serving as guests. All the examples hit the "funny-because-it's-true" nail on the head ("This is not a good way to welcome a party guest. ‘Oh good, you brought a present. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!' "), while conveying useful tips to boot. "A good birthday hostess chooses something everyone can do together," writes Harper, while the creatively attired Lana ("On your birthday, no one should be the boss of your fashion except you!") dances with a stuffed monkey and whale. And party planners should note that "eggs on a stick" and "peanut butter and lettuce" are on the do-not-serve list, as far as food goes. The precocious pedagogy, combined with frisky, naïf drawings and a candy-colored palette, give these pages a deliciously intimate feel, as if readers have been given the privilege of reading a peer's journal. Ages 3–up. (Jan.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—A perky kitten shows prospective celebrators how to prepare for their "most specialist day ever." In order to avoid sitting in a time-out because of bad manners, Lana Kittie recommends having lots of pretend birthdays first. With her toy robot, whale, and doll acting as guests, she offers advice on party invitations, wardrobe, how to properly welcome a guest, fun activities, good food, blowing out candles, and saying good-bye. The most important thing is to practice opening a present so that guests feel happy about their gifts. Good: "Wow! Underpants! I love underpants. I wear them every day!" Bad: "Yuck! Underpants. That's the worst present ever! I already have a million of those." The cheerful cartoon illustrations feature colorful borders and backgrounds. The print looks like a child's scrawl and matches the childlike artwork. This playful book presents a dull theme in a unique way that will appeal to kids. Great fun with a good message.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
Kirkus Reviews

Fashion Kitty's little sister Lana is a party planner extraordinaire! Well, at least she knows how to have the most marvelous birthday party. She gives pointers on invitations: "Use lots of fun colors," and don't invite bears (they'll eat all the cake). She offers instruction on fashion, greeting guests and birthday fun and games. She suggests yummy birthday treats instead of Brussel sprouts, olive tacos, spinach soup or jam and liver tarts. She counsels gracious gift acceptance: "I love underpants. Thank you! I wear them every day!" (If you don't practice, it may come out like this: "Yuck! Underpants. Is that all? That's the worst present ever! I already have a million of those.") From the birthday song to blowing out candles to goody bags for guests, Lana knows her party particulars cold. Harper brings the heavy-line, comics-style illustrations of her Fashion Kitty series, with their bright colors and patterned fabric collages, to the younger set along with tongue-in-cheek—yet very helpful!—advice on birthday etiquette. Manners can be both festive and funny, as Lana Kittie proves here. (Picture book. 3-5)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423137764
Publisher:
Disney-Hyperion
Publication date:
01/04/2011
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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