Happy Birthday (Sing Along With Me!) – illustrated by Yu-hsuan Huang

   Happy Birthday (Sing Along With Me!) – illustrated by Yu-hsuan Huang, Nosy Crow, (9780763695057), 2017

Format: Board Book

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:   Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  Babies will love this action-filled version of the classic song.  Each of the sturdy board pages includes a manipulative and a verse of the song.  On the cover, readers can make the birthday bunny appear and disappear from behind the birthday cake.  The moveable parts bring Mom and Dad into the baby’s bedroom doorway with breakfast on a tray; a present slides open to reveal a tricycle; the mailman delivers birthday cards while party goers appear from behind a hedge; the birthday bunny and friends sway to the song around the birthday cake. The bright digital illustrations add to the fun.  Unlike the usual pull tab, these extra sturdy pages often have little rings for small fingers to move.  The book includes a QR code for a free download of the song.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a fun book to give on a first birthday and will be enjoyed for many more.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries

Where would you shelve it?   Board Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 3/12/17             

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