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The. Cutest. Book! Love the illustrations by Christian Robinson! His work is gorgeous! The book makes a lovely birthday gift for babies and newborns. I bought two, one for my daughter and another for my niece. Easy breezy fun read!
Reviewed in the United States on September 24, 2017
*I received an advanced reader's edition from the @kidlitexchange for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
We've all been there. Either as a little kid or even an adult. Anxiously awaiting our birthday celebration. When's My Birthday, by Julie Fogliano and Christian Robinson, is told from a kid's perspective wondering, waiting, for the big day.
The pictures are simplistic, yet beautiful. I love the imagination in the book. The feeling all kids get about having a day all about them. I wish I had this book when my children were younger. They asked the same questions, wondering when their birthday would be. I would have read this book to them a week or so before their birthday. I imagine any home this book finds, it will be read over and over again. Maybe even becoming a family tradition. I imagine worn, tattered, loved pages. A must-have addition to a child's home library.
🎂 Thank you to @kidlitexchange for a review copy of When's My Birthday? by Julie Fogliano and Christian Robinson. All opinions are my own. 🎈 Birthday talk is a popular conversation in my house. As a parent, I have answered every question posed by the narrator in this book. And between my two children, they have asked every question asked by the narrator who is eager for a birthday celebration. When's My Birthday? asks the questions all over again, but provides avenues and avenues of discussion about birthdays and birthday parties. ❤️The best part of this picture book isn't necessarily the words in the book, but the conversation that happens around the book and the smiles that fill the faces of those reading as they talk about one of the best days in a child's year: her birthday. 😁 The illustrations are also to be celebrated, for the materials and textures used by Christian Robinson are so realistic that my three-year-old reached out to touch a birthday hat and was surprised by the smooth feel of the page rather than the rough texture pictured. 🎉 This book is ideal for the preschool set but can still evoke a smile from the kindergarten and first grade reader as well.
Reviewed in the United States on September 7, 2017
Thank you to the @kidlitexchange network for providing this free review copy! All opinions are my own. 5/5 stars! When's My Birthday? by Julie Fogliano is a super sweet story that will remind you of every young child you know and the excitement they have for their birthday! They ask all the same questions; When is it? Where will it be? How many more days? What will I get? What kind of cake? They will make never ending lists of everything they want; bikes, scooters, skates, books, necklace, balls, a pony. This is a great story with simple text and fabulous illustrations to read with your child when their birthday is approaching. But if they are anything like my soon-to-be seven year old, they start talking and asking about it about 364 before! Lol!
Reviewed in the United States on September 10, 2017
Thank you to the #kidlitexchange network for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own. This book will be released 9.5.17!!!
This is such a cute, short book that centers around the buzz and excitement a young child has anticipating their birthday. Parents can easily identify with the numerous one sentenced questions and ideas that are brought up throughout the story. I often turned to my daughter and commented that it reminded me of someone. Having just celebrated her seventh birthday, she giggled and looked back at me innocently. I could easily relate to the page where the narrator was inviting anyone and anything they came across to their party.
We really loved the chart at the end that asks "When's Your Birthday?" My daughter enjoyed pointing out the months and dates of all of her loved ones. We also loved the unique size of this book as well as the pastel and muted colors of the mixed media illustrations.
Reviewed in the United States on December 20, 2017
Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of WHEN’S MY BIRTHDAY? All opinions are my own.
I just loved this picture book and only wish I had it years ago when my kids were smaller. It begins:
“When’s my birthday? Where’s my birthday? How many days until my birthday?”
Each page turn features a different child, each asking the same question in a different way. No matter the month, the season, or how distant the date in question, these kids are making plans. They know what kind of cake they want, what the menu will contain, and exactly what gifts will be required.
The spare text is hilarious, absolutely nailing a child’s voice and thought process. The repetition of the word “birthday” throughout makes the book fast-paced and fun to read. I felt like a kid again, reliving the magic of the weeks leading up to my annual big day.
Christian Robinson’s illustrations perfectly complement the text—joyful, childlike, and full of diverse children. Most everyone can see themselves in this book.
WHEN’S MY BIRTHDAY will be a wonderful gift for kids turning 3–6 years old. You may just need to give it to them a few weeks in advance.
Reviewed in the United States on November 19, 2017
When I was little, I asked every day for an entire year whether it was my birthday and then realized how very long it was between them! So this book is exactly the book I needed as a small child. This picture book ask the question over and over again about when a birthday is coming, dreaming of cake and presents and a party. Fogliano uses rhythm and internal rhymes to give the book a fast paced structure that almost sings. It is quick and funny and infectious. Robinson’s illustrations are a treat with their use of collage and a diverse cast of children longing for their special day. The book ends with a birthday, just as it should. Share this one with children longing for their next birthday or who are just about to have one. Appropriate for ages 2-4.
I had been looking for a fun and colorful as well as diverse children’s book for my ESL students, and this book fits the bill. It’s catchy and easy without being too repetitive. It has fun phrases and silly words that kids would love, as well as learn from.