Friedman, Laurie Birthday Rules Carolrhoda Books, 2015. $16.99 PICTURE BOOK
A little boy takes through his rules about what should happen on
your birthday, including a party, presents, cake, looking good, and that Today
is all about you. It ends with a poem about growing older.
This book only works for kids who have the ability to have it
all on their birthday, a big party with presents and food and friends. Not
every child or every family can provide this. I didn’t enjoy how it promotes an
ego-centric mindset for kids: Today is all about you! There are a ton of words
that make it difficult for a young reader or even a child listening to the
story being read: Prophetic, wondrous, benefits, mantra, and many more. I don’t
think students will care for the growing older poem at the end, it felt like a
lecture from a grownup. The illustrations are fun and bright and cute, with
harmonious colors and a slight hint of collage.
EL(K-3) –NOT RECOMMENDED
Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.