Cover image for I feel five!
Title:
I feel five!
Author:
Murguia, Bethanie Deeney, author.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2014.

©2014
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 26 cm
Summary:
Fritz can't wait to turn five! His birthday starts off well when he eats all five of his birthday pancakes and gets brand-new sneakers that fit perfectly. But when he looks in the mirror, nothing has changed. And his teeth won't wiggle - not a single one. Even after he gets to wear the birthday crown and everyone sings to him at school, five still seems a lot like four. What will it take for Fritz to feel five?
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780763662912
Format :
Book

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What is turning five supposed to feel like, anyway? A charming look at growing older, from a child's point of view.

Fritz can't wait to turn five! His birthday starts off well when he eats all five of his birthday pancakes and gets brand-new sneakers that fit perfectly. But when he peeks in the mirror, everything looks the same. And his teeth won't wiggle -- not a single one. Even after he gets to wear the birthday crown and everyone sings to him at school, five still feels an awful lot like four did. Will Fritz ever feel five? In this sweet picture book that's perfect for children of any age, Bethanie Deeney Murguia explores how it feels to grow up.


Author Notes

Bethanie Deeney Murguia has worked as an art director for publishers, design firms, and marketing agencies. In that time she has had many birthdays, but still feels five when she wears her birthday crown. Her daughter, who had many expectations about her fifth birthday, was disappointed when she "didn't feel five" on her big day. This inspired Bethanie to write a story about the quieter, unexpected moments that help us to realize we've grown or changed. She lives in San Francisco.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Fritz is terribly excited to be turning five, and he can't wait for all the wonderful new things that are bound to happen. But as his big day wears on, he realizes that five is an awful lot like four. He still can't tie his shoes, snap his fingers, or whistle, despite his increased age. Just as he's beginning to get a little glum, a little girl asks if he can reach some low-hanging apples, and Fritz discovers than he can, thanks in part to his new birthday shoes. He also discovers that he can share, and he and his new friend sit together and happily munch their apples. The book ends on an up note, with Fritz looking forward to additional developments, including maybe a loose tooth. The lively, cartoonlike watercolor-and-ink illustrations help move the action along and enhance the overall happy, optimistic mood. This would be a good sidekick for Valorie Fisher's Everything I Need to Know before I'm Five (2011).--McBroom, Kathleen Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

On the eve of his birthday, Fritz "is quite sure that five will feel very different." But slowly he realizes that one day, no matter how special everyone says it is, doesn't make a difference in terms of being able to tie his shoelaces or "whistle, snap his fingers... or do the monkey bars two at a time." Fritz has a very grown-up epiphany: turning a year older isn't like flipping a switch-you have to grow into growing up, bit by bit. Murguia (Zoe's Jungle) has Fritz shake off his epistemological mood and show his five-year-old mettle by picking some apples for a girl in a finale that doesn't quite live up to the promise of the preceding pages. But this otherwise beautifully told story should prompt intriguing conversations on how events like birthdays infuse meaning into the flow of days that makes up our lives-even when any actual day-to-day change is barely evident. Fritz and his Marmaduke-size dog make excellent companions on this philosophical journey, leavening big questions with kid-scaled humor. Ages 4-8. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Looking forward to his fifth birthday, Fritz leaps out of bed in his supercape. However, much to his dismay as the day wears on, he doesn't feel as differently as he had hoped. He still can't tie his shoes or snap his fingers. The satisfying conclusion shows that it often takes just one friend to cheer up a child after a day that didn't seem to live up to expectations. Lively artwork rendered in pen and ink and watercolor enhances the simple lines used for facial features. Murguia employs excellent pacing by using a varied perspective, such as the anticipation created during the pause in the narrative with a view of two pairs of shoes meeting on the playground-one pair of reddish-orange sneakers and another pair of red flowery pumps. Although this simple story can get lost in a plethora of other supplemental friendship tales, the illustrations set it apart.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.