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The Meanest Birthday Girlby Josh Schneider
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* andquot;A gift of a book for new readers.andrdquo;and#160; andmdash;Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Itandrsquo;s Danaandrsquo;s birthday, so she can do what she likes. And what Dana likes to do is pinch. And call people names. And steal her classmatesandrsquo; desserts. You probably know a kid like Dana. What can stop her from being so mean? In this story, itandrsquo;s not what you might expect. Because sometimes, it takes a little creativity (and possibly a very large pet) to change a mean kidandrsquo;s ways. Five short chapters with comical full-color illustrations offer a fresh, fun take on bullying and birthdays (and pet elephants).
"Dana's supercilious, selfish demeanor makes it clear that her behavior on her birthday is no different from her modus operandi on the other 364 days of the year. Imagine her surprise, then, when her most put-upon peer gives her a very large white elephant as a gift. 'Dana would not have given a birthday present to someone who called her an ickaborse and pinched her and ate the dessert out of her lunch.' But trying to be a conscientious pet owner results in sleepless nights and hungry days for Dana. Schneider (Tales for Very Picky Eaters) seems to draw inspiration from both O. Henry and Edward Gorey, with deadpan, dead-on writing and meticulously inked, elegantly styled watercolors (the lumbering pachyderm is quite a looker, its whiteness evoked through washes of icy pink and blue). What's more, he pulls off quite the hat trick: he serves justice, subtly (and quite cleverly) lets readers see another side to Dana, and brings the story to a close in a way that both makes amends and pays it forward, Gothic-style. Ages 6 — 9. Agent: Paul Rodeen, Rodeen Literary Management." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Full of subtle wordplay and outrageous humor, this full color earlyand#160;reader from Theodor Seuess Geiseland#160;Award-winner Josh Schneider offers a fresh, fun take on bullying and birthdays (and pet elephants).
About the Author
Josh Schneider is the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award-winning creator ofandnbsp; Tales for Very Picky Eaters, as well as The Meanest Birthday Girl.andnbsp;His first book for Clarion, You'll Be Sorry, was named "Book That Provides Best Ammunition to Parents Weary of Warning Their Kids About Socking Their Siblings" by Publishers Weekly magazine. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.andnbsp;
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