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Kipper's Birthday Paperback – 15 May 2008
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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 Big Book edition is also available --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Enchanting (The Southern Daily Echo)
A diverting tale ... has a thoroughly satisfying ending (The Listener)
A pleasure to read (Child Education)
A modern day classic with big, bold illustrations alongside clear print (Practical Pre-School)
Delightful (The Good Book Guide)
Kipper is as loveable as ever and Mick Inkpen continues to work his magic (Write Away)
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Luckily things turn out well, and Kipper's birthday party is a success. But it's a great lesson in 'today', 'tomorrow', and 'yesterday'.
My son enjoyed this, but at 4 didn't really understand the problem of days/times. He likes the cake making though, and the party. And Inkpen's drawings, excellent as always.
'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!
the playgroup love it as part of our story sack we have made.
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Pages were coming out the center of the box so I was not pleased with this purchase.Published on 26 Dec. 2014 by Gilly0361