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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Annick Press (January 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554513685
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554513680
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 8.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,315,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2-The cover illustration of an energetic, nude child splashing in the ocean quickly sets the tone for this humorous and entertaining tale of Johnny, who refuses to wear clothing. Though his mother explains that he is too old to be running around naked, the active almost four-year-old continues to strip off his apparel. His mom snaps him into a pair of metal-studded overalls, but soon he squirms, slips, worms, jumps, and jostles his way out of them. Dad explains that big boys wear clothes in public and adds that if Johnny were dressed, he would be like his father. It seems that this conversation has won the boy over. Or has it? On the final page, Johnny again splashes about in the water and kicks off his red swimming trunks. For the most part, this story told through poetic verse flows well. Comical events will appeal to young children who can identify with strong-willed, independent-thinking Johnny. Fernandes's warm, sunny artwork places this story in a Caribbean-like setting. Children will find lots of fun details tucked into the illustrations, such as a large sun with facial features and a crab holding a cat by the tail. Some adults will shy away from this book because of the topic of nudity, but the artist avoids showing any anatomical details. Altogether, a fun read-aloud.-Lynn Vanca, Freelance Librarian, Akron, OHα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Enthusiastic junior nudists everywhere will unite behind this one. (Booklist 2012-05-15)

The voice of Jamaica is in poet Olive Senior's lilting prose, and the lively illustrations are painted in Fernandes's signature child-friendly style. (CM 2012-05-11)

With its charming, relatable plot and melodic rhythm, Birthday Suit is perfect for storytime. (Blake Eligh Quill and Quire 2012-01-00)

This delightful book will elicit giggles from three-to six-year-olds and knowing smiles from parents. (Aliki Tryphonopoulos Canadian Children's Book News 2012-11-00)

Fernandes' bright, busy paintings are a good match for the buoyant and ample text, which is full of phonic riffs that make the tale a terrific read-aloud. (Kirkus Reviews 2012-03-28)

Written by a poet and author originally from Jamaica, the story is fun and engaging, the poetic use of language rich and lyrical with a definite Caribbean lilt. (Ken Kilback Resource Links 2012-04-00)

Comical events will appeal to young children who can identify with strong-willed, independent-thinking Johnny. (Lynn Vanca School Library Journal 2012-09-01)

This delightful book will elicit giggles from three- to six-year olds and knowing smiles from parents. (Aliki Tryphonopoulos Canadian Children's Book News 2012-09-30)

Enthusiastic junior nudists everywhere will unite behind this one. (Daniel Kraus Booklist 2012-06-15)

Olive Senior adds this exuberant, joyously-infused tale for wee clothing anti-enthusiasts to her impressive writing repertoire. (Shivanee Ramlochan Paper Based Bookshop 2013-08-10)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Lavers on February 12, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book is, as you might guess, about a little boy who just doesn't see why he should have to wear clothes. After all, he lives on a beautiful sunny island with warm sun and sparkling water--he should be allowed to go naked! Alas, his family disagrees and tries to tell Johnny that it's time to put some clothes on. It's a sad day for many a nudist toddler. I remember my own wriggly baby was able to somehow get herself out of her one-piece pajamas the first week she was home from the hospital...and that was WHILE SWADDLED! We'd go in and find her swaddling blankets a little loose (but mostly intact) but she'd be completely naked inside the blankets and her pajamas or onesies would be pushed down inside the swaddle, down by her feet. I tell that to Magda now and she's not sure if she believes me, but she certainly appreciates the desire to be a naked toddler. I think a lot of parents and kids will be able to relate to this delightful tale of unencumbered toddlerhood!

Disclaimer: I received a digital galley of this book free from the publisher from NetGalley. I was not obliged to write a favourable review, or even any review at all. The opinions expressed are strictly my own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GedsMama on March 8, 2012
Format: Library Binding
No doubt about it, young Johnny's favorite outfit is his birthday suit. Especially when he is playing in the water. His mom finally decides that he has reached an age where he really should keep his clothes on. She devises many methods to make him do so with very little success.
"Johnny's jellyfish squirming
slippery worming
jump-about jostling
writhing and tossing"
always will set him free. Will he ever grow up and learn that there is a time and a place for his birthday suit and a time and a place for clothing?
The lively illustrations are a perfect match for the tale that will hit home for many parents. Children too will be entertained by Little Johnny's antics.

Digital galley received free of charge courtesy of Annick Press via NetGalley.
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Format: Paperback
Birthday Suit is a sweet picture book about a young boy named Johnny. Johnny has grown up in what appears to be an island home and is accustomed to running about bare-skinned through the day. As he turns four, however, Johnny's mom tells him that it's time to suit up and gives him his first bathing suit. Good luck with that, mom - there's no way Johnny's going to give in so easily.

Johnny manages to worm his way out of the bathing suit, through buttons, zippers, velcro and snaps. Even a pair of overalls guaranteed to be escape-proof prove no match for a determined Johnny. Finally dad sits Johnny down for a talk, and tells him that if he wishes to be big like his father, he must learn to act accordingly. In a real-life situation far too familiar to many moms, it is dad's words that do the trick and Johnny learns to accept his new clothes.

This is a great book for children who are in the shedding clothing phase and the naked Johnny will bring giggles to a wider audience as well. A wonderfully multicultural cast of characters is on display in the illustrations and the island feel is warm and inviting.

The book is in loose verse, which is its shortcoming. Some of the passages are terrifically onomatopoeiac, "jellyfish squirming, slippery worming, jump-about jostling, writhing and tossing," but others are stilted: there is no reason to break up the line, "Do you want to be/ big like Dad?" Despite the sometimes awkwardness of the text, this is a fun book for young children and may be particularly well-suited to reading time with dads. A fine addition to any collection, but not a must-have for us.
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