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It's my birthday!
Hutchins, Pat, 1942-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Greenwillow Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 x 26 cm
Billy is reluctant to share his birthday presents with the other little monsters, but then something happens to make him change his mind.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.0 0.5 29547.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Everybody's favorite monster is having a birthday! The party guests have arrived and are ready for a day of birthday fun, but Billy is having a hard time sharing his new things. He can jump rope and throw his ball all by himself, right? And when sister Hazel gives him a box of games, well, he can play those by himself, too -- or can he? A hilarious visit with Pat Hutchin's irrepressible monster who learns that sometimes sharing can be hard -- but also lots of fun. Happy Birthday, Billy!

Author Notes

Pat Hutchins was born Patricia Goundry on June 18, 1942 in Yorkshire, England. In 1958 at the age sixteen, she won a scholarship to attend the Darlington School of Art, where she studied for three years. Then she attended the Leeds College of Art, where studied illustration.

After graduating in 1962, she moved to London. She worked as a junior art director at the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency. She met her husband there and after they were married, her husband was transferred by the advertising company to head up its New York office.

While in New York, she met the editor-in-chief of the children's department at Macmillan, who encouraged her to write and illustrate her own story. Her first book, Rosie's Walk, was published in 1968 and was a 1968 ALA Notable Book. She wrote more than 40 books for young readers including Titch, Don't Forget the Bacon!, 1 Hunter, Good-Night, Owl!, and The Doorbell Rang. In 1974, The Wind Blew won the Kate Greenaway Medal. She died on November 7, 2017 at the age of 75.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-7. Monster siblings Hazel and Billy are back from that old favorite The Very Worst Monster (1985). Billy is the birthday boy, but like many a human child, he has a hard time sharing his special day. As he opens each new gift (a ball, a jump rope, a car), his guests want to play, but Billy stubbornly declares, "No! It's MY birthday!" But when he gets a game that requires more players, Billy finds it hard to find anyone who will play with him. Hutchins combines a warm, knowledgeable sense of children with lots of funny touches in her gouache paintings of the monster children. A good story hour book, with the added bonus of a bold typeface and simple sentences that make it a good choice for new readers.--Susan Dove Lempke

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Hutchins's beloved Billy the monster is back, eager for his birthday treats. The clawed, green youngster hoards his new ball, jump rope, and toy car. Any suggestion of sharing with his guests is met with the child's insistent reply, "No! It's MY birthday." His final gift is one he can not play with on his own, so the tables turn, at least temporarily. Naturally, all ends well, with all of the party goers sharing and having fun. Full-color art, done in gouache, shows wonderfully weird characters in minimalist settings. With its arresting colors and gentle lesson, this tale will be a super storytime selection.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.