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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Library Binding: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (November 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449813320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449813324
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.3 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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From School Library Journal

K-Gr 2-Ben doesn't like to play dolls with his sister. His favorite toy is a robot, so Alice requests a Roboy 2000 for her birthday, figuring that if she has a robot too, her brother will play with her. Ben is astounded. A robot like that should be his! Just before her birthday party, he is told to place the box with the Roboy 2000 on the present table, but instead he unwraps it and takes the toy out. The radio-controlled robot zips around the room and crashes into the wall. Ben panics and hides the broken gift in a chest before the guests arrive. After all items are opened, Dad notices that the family's present is missing, and Mom asks Ben to get it. The guilty boy reluctantly reveals the smashed toy. He feels bad about ruining his sister's birthday, so he presents his own robot to her. Alice is pleased and asks if he'll now play with her, and Ben promises that he will. The title ends with all the partygoers having fun. Illustrations, which vary in size from vignettes to full spread, are done using graphite, gouache, and colored pencils. The party is shown in all its appropriate messiness. This is a book with a moral that readers can't miss.-Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MIα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journal. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

MADELINE VALENTINE grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and now lives in Queens with her husband. She graduated from Pratt Institute and is the illustrator of Albertine's Got Talent! by Shena Power and Ava and the Real Lucille by Cari Best. This is her first project as both author and illustrator. 

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All Alice wants is to play with her big brother Ben, but all Alice has is dolls and Ben only plays with robots. When Alice asks for a robot for her birthday, and gets the robot Ben has been asking for, he's green with envy. When Ben decides to hijack Alice's present and things get a big out of control, he must admit to his bad behavior and make things right with his little sister. Fantastic illustrations and a great lesson make THE BAD BIRTHDAY IDEA perfect for little readers learning to share and interact with others, especially siblings!
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By O.C.Momof3 on December 2, 2013
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Can we just have a little accountability for our main character after he unwraps and then breaks his sisters birthday present before the party? Let's see some children's books that actually teach kids that there are consequences for making bad choices because the reality is, some things in life are not "fixable" and they need to learn to think before they act. We don't have to beat them over the head with it but come on...this kid doesn't even get a stern word from anyone.
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This is a wonderful story of siblings and forgiveness.
So cute and clever.
I love the expressive illustrations! They do so much to tell the story.

This book is GREAT for parents/teachers of siblings. My older and younger kids both loved it.
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