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Kipper's Birthday Library Binding – April, 1993

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-- "Plees come to my birthday party tomoro at 12 o cloc don't be lat" read Kipper the dog's invitations to his friends. But he gets so tired preparing for the celebration that he decides to deliver his invitations the next day. When nobody comes to his party, he eats his cake himself, falls asleep, and is awakened by a knock at the door--his guests have arrived--a day late. After some confusion, his friend Tiger explains, " 'Your birthday must have been tomorrow the day before yesterday . . . So yesterday it would have been today , but today it was yesterday." (This explanation may tend to confuse adults as well as children!) All is resolved happily when Kipper unwraps his presents, and the party begins. Kipper and his friends are depicted with humor and personality. The pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations are lively, and the layout is pleasing. The question is, who's the book's audience? It is debatable whether preschool children will understand the point, and first and second graders will find it too simple in story line. Don't give up on other "Kipper" stories, but skip this one.
- Judy Constantinides, East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library , LA
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

Last seen in an imaginative counting book (Kipper's Toybox, 1992), the appealingly flop-eared little dog is back with a satisfying variation on the old birthday-party-confusion theme. Kipper's busy with preparations for his own party, with uncertainties that mostly turn out fine--the cake that's flat going into the oven, for example, slowly becomes ``a sort of heap, but it smelled good.'' But the party invitations, delivered the day after they're written because Kipper is tired from his labors, refer to ``tomoro.'' Result: a mystified pup comforts himself with cake and then gets a sort of unintentional surprise party the day after his birthday. Just right for small people intrigued by the concepts of ``yesterday'' and ``tomorrow''; illustrated in Inkpen's clean, affectionately comical style. (Picture book. 3-7) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Library Binding
  • Publisher: Harcourt Childrens Books (J); 1st U.S.ed edition (April 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 015200503X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152005030
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,180,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on March 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
I got this book for my son in preparation for his second birthday and he loves it! I't teaches children (and parents) about the importance of being organized, but it also teaches the importance of friends. I love the illustrations and most of the language. My one criticism of the book is that one part is particularly confusing for kids (when Kipper himself is confused about his birthday, so I guess that's appropriate).
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Format: Paperback
In this book Kipper is getting excited for his birthday party he's having and wants to invite his friends. He hand makes his invitations about when he puts them aside to dry he gets too tired to deliver them so the next morning his birthday he delivers them forgetting in the invitations he says "tomorrow" so that day no one comes for his birthday! But the next day they all come to wish him a happy day
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By A Customer on February 7, 2002
Format: Paperback
Like the other Kipper books this one is easy to read and the illustrations are great. It's a bit "busier" than some of the authors earlier works and lacks the simplicity of the earliest stories. I've also found a companion sticker style activity book which is nice but the stickers are not movable from page to page.
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Cute! Not the same characters from the show, there's Jake and tiger in the new character Holly. But really cute birthday theme.
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