'This precious and uncomplicated picture book expresses pure joy
through simple rhyming text and endearing watercolors.
Ollie, a zebralike creature,
lists all the things he loves about birthdays.
“I love treasure hunts,/a yummy treat,/party hats, and dancing feet!”
Ollie’s animal friends, including his dog Fred,
all join him in celebrating.
For Ollie, the best part comes at the end of the day.
“What I love best is to giggle with Fred,
with a birthday balloon above my bed.”
The text is short and sweet with only a handful of words on each page.
Share this with your youngest audiences or
hand it to new readers seeking something unintimidating.
Walker’s whimsical smiling creatures
(reminiscent of a child’s beanbag toys)
appear against a pure white background,
putting them center stage.
Amusing layouts in which animals peek over the edge of
the page or the birthday boy sails upward on a fistful of
balloons emphasize the lighthearted tone.–Jayne Damron,
Farmington Community Library, MI'