(starred review) Robert Munsch has done it again--with a simple story full of exaggeration and repetition sure to delight many youngsters. The action centres on Moira's sixth birthday party. he wants to invite all the children in her school to her party (typical six-year-old), but her parents have limited the number of guests to six (typical parents!). The ludicrous possibility becomes reality when hundreds of boys and girls show up at the party. The children's excitement and enjoyment increase, as does the parents' dismay. Finally, when even Moira appears daunted by the huge pile of presents, she has a great idea--every kid who helps tidy the mess they have created gets a present. In five minutes, the job is done and the exhausted parents watch hundreds of children file out of the house. But the peace is short lived. As the last child leaves, two trucks arrive with 190 pizzas and 190 birthday cakes, the rest of the order that was placed at the hectic height of the party. The reader can just about turn back to the beginning for the solution to that one! (Patricia Fry Canadian Materials
About the Author
Robert Munsch is the author of more than 25 books for children including The Paper Bag Princes and Stephanie's Ponytail. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and studied to be a Jesuit priest before deciding to work with children instead. He taught in a variety of nursery schools and daycare centers while he earned an MA in Early Childhood Education. In 1975, Munsch and his wife, Ann, moved to Guelph, Ontario. The Munschs have three children: Julie, Andrew, and Tyya (see them all in Something Good!).
Michael Martchenko has illustrated over 30 books for children and has exhibited his work throughout North America. He has won numerous awards for design and illustration. He lives with his wife, Patricia, in Toronto.