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Gr 2-4- In this follow-up to The Trouble with Cats (2000) and The Trouble with Babies (2002, both Holiday House), Holly volunteers to help her stressed-out mother by throwing a birthday party for her rambunctious two-year-old brothers, Dylan and Jeremy, and 14 preschoolers. The party threatens to be a disaster when her best friends suggest a science theme with a sensory-deprivation chamber at the center of the festivities instead of a clown. The boys' beginning language skills are written phonetically-"'Want c'acker,' Dylan repeated. And duice'"-which adds some charm to the story while perhaps making it more challenging for younger readers. Winsome full-page illustrations appear throughout. This chapter book is a winning portrait of a family struggling with everyday concerns.-Kathleen Meulen, Blakely Elementary School, Bainbridge Island, WACopyright 2008 Reed Business Information.