Baby book review: Ten Rules of the Birthday Wish by Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld

Baby librarian Tilly reviews Ten Rules of the Birthday Wish by Beth Ferry, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld.

Tilly reviews Ten Rules of the Birthday Wish

I wish I had this book before my birthday! Then I could have been more prepared. This book tells you rules about birthdays and birthday wishes which sound important. It says there should be a party, and dessert, and singing, and lights to blow out. I had that at my birthday but no one told me about making a wish! And all the people singing and looking at me was scary and I cried. But now that I’ve had one birthday, plus a book that explains everything, I bet the next birthday won’t be scary at all. I think this is a very useful and important book. Also there are fun pictures. The pictures have pretty colours so I like them.


Jen reviews Ten Rules of the Birthday Wish

This is my favourite kind of children’s book: warm and funny and fun. I love the voice in this. I mean, just look at rule no. 2: ‘You must have a party! A celebration, hoopla, or jamboree. There should be games and laughter and definitely hats. Hats immediately elevate the party mood.’ How charmingly delightful is that? That kind of whimsy continues throughout the book, not only in the text but also in the illustrations. There are great little jokes in the drawings too that grown-ups can appreciate. I love this book for all the little things to look out for —  this is a great birthday book.

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