You’re invited to a birthday party!
It’s Benjamin’s birthday. The present Morris brings to give Benjamin is what Morris would like to get himself, and he refuses to hand it over. But Morris can’t have fun at a party while he’s holding on to a package. The longer he holds it, the bigger it seems to get. It grows into one enormous nuisance, and the only way to get rid of it is to open it up. Morris’s present turns out to be something marvelous for everyone to do.
With the colorful Morris and the beautiful and funny pictures, Lore Segal and Boris Kulikov have made a birthday party that young readers will want to come to again and again.
About the Author
Lore Segal is the translator of The Juniper Tree and has written numerous books for young readers, including Tell Me a Mitzi. She lives in New York City.
Boris Kulikov’s work regularly appears in The New York Times Book Review. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Morris doesn¿t want to give up his present to his friend, but he finds a party¿s no fun carrying around a big box. Children will enjoy the repetition in this book, both verbal and through actions. They will understand Morris¿s position¿he wants the gift, he doesn¿t want to give it up¿and will learn with him that it is better to give. The illustrations in this book do wonders in adding to the text. They show the box getting bigger and bigger as Morris hauls it around, showing the burden it is becoming when the text does not. When the painting begins, the pictures really shine¿the frenzy is shown through paint splashing up into the sky and the children¿s illustrations look like real paintings. However, the strongest asset of the book is also its weakest, as the children in these illustrations are rather creepy in appearance, with disproportionate bodies and faces that look like dolls. The ending is also abrupt, so much that the reader will flip the pages, wondering if there are some missing from the book. This book will appeal to some, creep some out, and leave some disappointed.