Otis and Sydney are the best of friends. This year, Otis wants to do something special for Sydney’s birthday. So he decides to throw a surprise party and invite all their friends. He mails the invitations, decorates the house, and bakes a cake, but when things don’t go as planned, how will Otis make sure that Sydney has the best birthday ever?
A sweet and tender tale by the New York Times #1 bestselling author of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and the Jellybeans series, Otis & Sydney and the Best Birthday Ever introduces young readers to two lovable bears who understand that friendship is the only thing needed to make any day special.
"Andreasen's digitally colored pen-and-ink drawings nearly jump off the page, maximizing the similarities between the two unabashedly adorable bears and frequently arranging themselves in paneled vignettes whose balance further reinforces the harmony between the two—just right for this simple story of friendship for the very young." —Kirkus Reviews
"Books don’t come much cozier or any less threatening than this." –Booklist
|Publisher:||Abrams, Harry N., Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||8.70(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||5 - 7 Years|
About the Author
Laura Numeroff is the New York Times bestselling author of When Sheep Sleep, the Jellybeans books, and Would I Trade My Parents? She lives in Los Angeles, California.
Dan Andreasen is the author and illustrator of The Giant of Seville and the illustrator of Sailor Boy Jig and many other books. He lives in Medina, Ohio.
Date of Birth:July 14, 1953
Place of Birth:Brooklyn, New York
Education:B.F.A. with honors, Pratt Institute, 1975; attended Parsons College, 1975
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What would happen if you had a party and no one came? Otis and Sydney are two lovable bears. Once when it was raining Otis's umbrella broke and Sydney invited him to share his umbrella. They discovered that they had a lot in common, like dressing in silly costumes, playing tug-of-war, and jumping on a trampoline, and soon they became best friends. Every year, they gave each other a birthday party. But this year, Otis decides to throw a special birthday party for Sidney and invite all of their friends. So he mails the invitations, and then when the day arrives he decorates the house, makes a cake, and waits-and waits-and waits. However, when no one comes, he finally realizes that he got the date wrong on the invitations, and now it's too late to change anything. How will Sydney feel when he arrives and no one has come to his birthday party? And is there anything that Otis can do to make sure that Sydney still has the best birthday ever? Anyone familiar with children's literature will recognize the name of author Laura Numeroff from her bestselling If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and other similar delightful books. Otis and Sydney and the Best Birthday Ever, having illustrations by Dan Andreasen done in pen and ink with digital coloring, is a lovely story of true friendship. Perhaps in a day when television and computers have bred in kids a desire always to expect the biggest and the grandest, young readers may be amazed at the simple surprise ending to the surprise birthday party.