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Humphrey's birthday
Hunter, Sally.
Personal Author:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2003.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.1 0.5 73449.
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PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Happy Birthday, Humphrey!

" It was a very special day.
It was Humphrey's birthday!"

Getting ready for his very own party is lots of fun for Humphrey, especially when he is wearing his favorite birthday present-a real superhero suit! Humphrey can't wait for the guests to arrive, or for the games and presents and lovely things to eat. When everyone does come, Humphrey feels a little shy, and even though it is his special day and he is such a big boy now, sometimes he still gets upset. But Mommy and Daddy and Lottie all help Humphrey to feel better, and his birthday party ends just the way it should-with cake and singing!

Author Notes

Sally Hunter' s own childhood memories and the antics of her three children were the inspirations that led her to create Humphrey and his friends. Ms. Hunter lives with her family in England.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS. Once again, Hunter captures the subtle intricacies of family life through her delightful elephant family featuring young Humphrey and his older sister, Lottie. In this installment, Humphrey receives a very special present for his birthday: a superhero suit. He wears it to his party, which garners him more presents and happy guests. But when the wading pool comes out, Lottie splashes Humphrey, soaks his suit, and the tears flow. An apology from Lottie and wise words of counsel from his parents save the day. Less substantial than other titles in the series, this nevertheless does a nice job of capturing the ambience of a children's party with all its bouncy ups and its inevitable downs. As always, the homespun pictures are a special element, drawn and colored with gentleness and humor. This is realism with honeyed edges. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Precocious pachyderms abound in Sally Hunter's Humphrey's Birthday, which features the return of the little elephant from Humphrey's Corner; Humphrey's Bedtime; and Humphrey's Christmas. This tale takes readers through the events of the fellow's special day, including receiving his favorite present, "a real, proper superhero suit." Hunter's warm, sketchy illustrations are well in line with the soft, gentle tone of the book. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-A young elephant and his fun-loving family are back in another endearing story. It's Humphrey's birthday and he is excited about his upcoming party. He is thrilled with his presents from his family, especially a blue-and-yellow superhero suit with a red cape. He puts on the costume and greets his party guests. The day passes quickly and the only mishap occurs when Humphrey's sister jumps into the wading pool and accidentally splashes him. Their mother saves the day by explaining that even superheroes sometimes get wet, and everyone enjoys a tasty meal and cake. The whimsical watercolor-and-pencil illustrations are done in warm, pastel tones. With their rounded bodies and slightly awkward posture, the characters look like stuffed toys. Purchase where the other books are popular.-Kristin de Lacoste, South Regional Public Library, Pembroke Pines, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.