When’s My Birthday? by Julie Fogliano perfectly captures a child’s excitement for her birthday. It begins in an almost breathless way with, “when’s my birthday?/ where’s my birthday?/ how many days until my birthday?” The tone of urgency unique to a young child spills across the pages, too excited to even utilize proper capitalization!
This book explores the idea of being patient and having to wait for a fun event or celebration. In a way it reminds me of Kevin Henkes’ Waiting.
At first the narrator wonders when her birthday is, from specific date to season. Then she continues to wonder about the different activities, the menu and the guest list. The process of planning the party is not that different from my own train of thought when I am tasked with planning an event.
Illustrated by Christian Robinson, one of my all time favorite illustrators. His illustrations include beautiful collage work, combining photographs and painting with thick, expressive brush strokes.
The repetition of the text and the topic of birthdays, will make this a delightful addition to any home library as well as the perfect birthday or even pre-birthday gift.
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*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest and open review.