From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2–This picture book opens with a removable invitation to Lucy Goosy's birthday party. As the bird contemplates which of the farm animals to invite, however, she finds fault with each potential guest. She seeks advice from Owl, who points out that no one is perfect, including Lucy herself. He encourages the critical goose to celebrate her friends' differences instead. Rhyming text with plenty of dialogue gets right to the heart of the story. “‘I can't invite Pig. She'll eat all the food.'/‘And Goat is always in such a bad mood!'” Alexandersen's artwork brings out Lucy's criticisms and will elicit giggles from children. Horse, for instance, sits eating a grass sandwich at a classroom desk. The final spread catches the party in full swing, wild with activity. An accompanying CD contains a pleasant mix of Gifford reading and singing, with appropriate sound effects added. It also includes Gifford singing an upbeat song about kids moving; unfortunately, the lyrics for that selection are not in the book. This story with a message would fit well into larger picture-book collections, but it's strictly an additional purchase.Lynn K. Vanca, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Richfield, OH
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About the Author
Kathie Lee Gifford
is noted for her 15-year run (1985-2000) on the talk show Live with Regis and Kathie Lee
. She has received 11 Emmy nominations. In 2008, Gifford started co-hosting the fourth hour of NBC's Today Show
. Her most recent book, Just When I Thought I Dropped My Last Egg
, debuted at #8 on the New York Times
best seller list. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children.
Peter Bay Alexandersen trained at Designskolen Kolding, Denmark's leading design institution. On completion of his studies he went on to work as a toy designer at Lego. He then worked as an illustrator for a number of Danish publishing houses and has continued to the present day. He now lives in Copenhagen with his designer wife, Janne Wendt and their four sons.