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Bernice is having a"truly"rotten time at her friend's birthday party. First, everyone else gets a piece of cake with a frosting rose. But not Bernice. Then, everyone else gets strawberry-melon soda. Bernice gets the prune-grapefruit juice. And it's warm. The last straw is the one lousy (squished) candy she gets from the pinata. So when the balloons arrive, Bernice knows just what she has to do: grab them"all." And then, poor cross Bernice gets carried up, up, and away. Luckily, she figures out just how to make her way back down to the party...and she brightens lots of other animals' days on her way.
Hannah Harrison s gorgeous animal paintings come alive in her second picture book. Her exceptionally polished debut, "Extraordinary Jane," received starred reviews from "Kirkus," "Publisher s Weekly," and "School Library Journal. "
- ISBN-13: 9780803739161
- ISBN-10: 0803739168
- Publisher: Dial Books
- Publish Date: July 2015
- Page Count: 32
- Reading Level: Ages 2-5
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-05-04
- Reviewer: Staff
It isn’t the end of the world when you have a bad time at a birthday party—it just feels that way. The indignities suffered by a kitten named Bernice include getting the only piece of cake without an icing rose (“All she’d gotten was a plain white square from the middle”) and coming away from the piñata with “one lousy gumdrop... that someone had stepped on.” So when balloons are handed out, Bernice grabs the whole lot and floats away—discovering, as she ascends, that she is not the only one having a bad day (a mother bluebird gazes sadly at the photos of offspring who have left the nest) and that she has control over her little corner of the world, after all. Harrison obviously knows how the dynamics of a birthday party can loom large in a child’s life. As she did in Extraordinary Jane, she again cleverly juxtaposes an accomplished classical painting style with a contemporary sensibility, and her emotionally astute and elegantly understated story will strike a chord with any social animal. Ages 3–5. Agent: Abigail Samoun, Red Fox Literary. (July)