While the title isnt especially distinctive, this is as memorable and heartfelt as a birthday book gets. Scanlon (All the World) presents the special day through a series of questions. What are these and what are those? the young birthday bunny asks, pointing to clothing held up by her mother and a polo-shirted older sibling. Fancy shoes and party clothes! they reply, as the girl holds her skirt out while they applaud. Graegins (Dont Feed the Boy) pencil and ink wash spreads show the bunnys family and friendsfoxes, owls, raccoons, and morecrowded together in one room, the children chasing after each other, the grownups looking on. What do you mean that time just flies? the birthday girl asks the adults curled up on the sofa with photo albums. Youre growing up before our eyes, they tell her, while Graegins faux photos show her as a swaddled infant and a just-walking toddler. This isnt about irony; its pure celebration, and readers will share wholeheartedly in the pleasure. Ages 25. Agent: Erin Murphy, Erin Murphy Literary Agency. Illustrators agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Jan.) 2012 Reed Business Information
* "This is as memorable and heartfelt as a birthday book gets…. This isntabout irony; its pure celebration, and readers will share wholeheartedly inthe pleasure."
* "Scanlon delivers a sweet, rhyming text to tell the story of a little bunnys birthday in Graegins debut picture book…. Perhaps taking a cue from the closing lines reference to the girl as "sweet honey bun," Graegin casts the unnamed central characters as a family of anthropomorphic bunnies,introducing a veritable peaceable kingdom of relatives and friends who come to celebrate on the special day. Graegins illustrations…mark her as an up-and-coming artist to watch, as they evoke a style akin to that of Peter McCarty, Laura McGee Kvasnosky and Polly Dunbar. Happy birthday to a splendid book for new birthday boys and girls."