From School Library Journal
PreS-K–This precious and uncomplicated picture book expresses pure joy through simple rhyming text and endearing watercolors. Ollie, a zebralike creature, lists all the things he loves about birthdays. “I love treasure hunts,/a yummy treat,/party hats, and dancing feet!” Ollie's animal friends, including his dog Fred, all join him in celebrating. For Ollie, the best part comes at the end of the day. “What I love best is to giggle with Fred, with a birthday balloon above my bed.” The text is short and sweet with only a handful of words on each page. Share this with your youngest audiences or hand it to new readers seeking something unintimidating. Walker's whimsical smiling creatures (reminiscent of a child's beanbag toys) appear against a pure white background, putting them center stage. Amusing layouts in which animals peek over the edge of the page or the birthday boy sails upward on a fistful of balloons emphasize the lighthearted tone.–Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"This precious and uncomplicated picture book expresses pure joy through simple rhyming text and endearing watercolors...Share this with your youngest audiences or hand it to new readers seeking something unintimidating."--School Library Journal