Keeping a secret is a challenge for many young children, who will identify with this story and its pleasant twist. Mom and sister Kate keep warning Michael not to spill the beans (which is exactly what he has a penchant for doing) about the upcoming birthday party for Dad. Through all the preparations, invitations, shopping, wrapping, and baking, Michael keeps his silence. Finally the big day comes, and the relatives arrive, including Dad's long-absent twin brother, to celebrate at the double birthday party. Cheery black line and color wash drawings detail the elaborate preparations and the lovely family celebration. The difficulty of keeping a secret and the pride of restraint, evident from the appealing cover, will not be lost on the read-aloud crowd.