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Kipper's Birthday [Paperback]

Mick Inkpen
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Book Description

15 May 2008 Kipper (Book 127)

The day before Kipper's birthday he prepares his party invitations and makes a cake. He invites everyone to his party tomorrow, but doesn't deliver the invitations until the next day. Hence all sorts of confusion. When exactly is my birthday, wonders Kipper. Is it today or was it yesterday? Maybe it's tomorrow. However, when his friends finally arrive, they bring the perfect present.

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (15 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340932066
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340932063
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 22.6 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mick Inkpen is one of the top-selling picture book artists and writers in the world. The Kipper and Wibbly Pig stories have millions of readers worldwide. He has won the British Book Award twice for Lullabyhullaballoo and Penguin Small and the Children's Book Award for Threadbear. He has also been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Smarties Award three times, winning Bronze for Wibbly Pig's Silly Big Bear. In addition to this, Kipper won a BAFTA for best animated children's film in 1998. for more information see

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Kipper organises his own birthday party but doesn't manage to get it quite right. It's his invitations that really cause problems, and confusion abounds with mix-ups over "today", "tomorrow" and "yesterday" that make the poor little dog's head hurt (warning: may have same effect on reader). But everything turns out just fine in the end. And, as Kipper's valiant cake- baking attempts are liable to inspire youthful cooks into action, make sure you've plenty of just- add-water cake-mix and glacé cherries on hand.

Like all Mick Inkpen's books, great fun for adult readers, as well as for youngsters on the receiving end. (Ages 2 to 5) --Lisa Gee

A regular size edition is also available --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


The charmingly comical Inkpen, as always, hits the spot. (The Guardian)

Kipper has touched a chord with children and parents alike (Practical Parenting)

... a definite hit with the under fives... (Cork Evening Echo)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another super story from Mick Inkpen 1 Feb 2008
about the lovable character, 'Kipper' on his birthday.

'When exactly is Kipper's birthday party?
Is it today? Or tomorrow perhaps?
Or was it yesterday?'

It all comes down to the wording on the patiently hand made invitations and when they get delivered.
I think it would be fair to say that this book has a slightly more mature theme to it with the introduction of past, present and future time implication, but it is a super story nevertheless.

In this story we find Kipper rather busy with his birthday party preparations. It is all very tiring.....and things don't go quite according to plan, mainly due to the mix up over which day the party is! Kipper is sad when no-one arrives for his party.....'He waited. And he waited. But nobody came. Not even Tiger......'

Colourful covres open to 32 high quality shiny pages, packed full of exciting, descriptive text and endearing illustrations, in the popular 2-page spread format.

Example of text:-

'Kipper slept through the evening and into the night.
He dreamt that he was climbing a mountain made of cake and dodging great cake boulders as they crashed towards him.
Even when the sun streamed through his window the next morning he did not wake, but snored peacefully until noon when he was woken by a knock at the door.
His friends had come.
'Happy Birthday, Kipper!' said Jake.
'Happy Birthday, Kipper!' said Holly.
'And many happy returns!' said Tiger.
Kipper blinked and rubbed his eyes.
'But my birthday was yesterday,' he said sleepily............'

But....all is well that ends well.....and Kipper does get his party....and some rather useful presents, after all!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
There are many Kipper books, mostly pretty good, and I think this is one of the best. Kipper paints party invites for each of his friends telling them to come at noon tomorrow, and then he leaves it until the following morning to deliver them. And at midday nobody comes, of course, so he eats the cake all himself and has a good long sleep, until noon the following day when his visitors arrive, a day late. Amusingly, Kipper then re-reads the invite and thinks his birthday is yet another tomorrow, but fortunately his friend Tiger can clear up the confusion and they can get on with the celebrations.
I bought this Kipper because we'd read it at a friend's house and I thought it helped explain the relative nature of the yesterday/today/tomorrow concepts which my daughter was beginning to grasp at nearly three. Now at four and a half she completely understands the mix up but my two year old son can't quite follow it. So this particular Kipper is probably better for a three or four year old though the younger child would still enjoy it, and although they wouldn't fully understand it yet they'd grasp the idea with a little rereading.
Finally, as with all Mick Inkpen's books, the illustrations are beautifully done, with clean lines and gently appealing.
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Kipper sends out his birthday invitations a day late, but doesn't change the wording ("tomorrow" should have become "today"), so his friends arrive a day late. A toddler might have trouble understanding this concept- my 3 year old does, although he still enjoys reading it, so don't let it put you off too much. It's still a very good book, well illustrated, and worth adding to your Kipper collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars super 21 Mar 2014
By Pam
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a super book, the children loved this story. they enjoyed the colourful pictures and also joining in with some of the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kipper's Birthday 6 Feb 2013
By Jayne
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
arrived quickly and well packaged. The children at
the playgroup love it as part of our story sack we have made.
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