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Birthday Suit

by Olive Senior, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes

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list price: $19.95
edition:Hardcover
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published: Feb 2012
ISBN:9781554513697
publisher: Annick Press
Description

Johnny loves nothing better than splashing in the ocean waves—naked.

But Mom says now that he’s four he’s too old to run around without clothes on. She even buys him a pair of overalls with genuine 100 percent child-proof snap fasteners! But they’re no match for Johnny as he wriggles out of them.

Johnny’s father explains that big boys wear clothes. Doesn’t he want to be big like Dad? As Johnny gazes up, he decides that wearing clothes may be a small price to pay to reach such heights. Everyone is happy as Johnny practices putting on his clothes. And now when he runs into the ocean, he makes sure to take his red swimsuit—but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll always wear it!

Imbued with the lilt of the Caribbean and featuring illustrations that capture the warmth and humor of the text, this charming picture book is sure to amuse young children—naked or not! 

About the Authors

Olive Senior

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Eugenie Fernandes is one of the most prolific minds in children’s publishing. She grew up in Long Island, New York and traces her creativity to a childhood spent enjoying nature. Her works include A Cat Adrift and A Cat in a Kayak, both featuring the recurring character Teelo the Cat. She lives with her husband in Peterborough, Ontario.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
3 to 6
Grade:
p to 1
Editorial Reviews

“The story has a lovely rhythm and illustrator Fernandes captures the exuberance of childhood beautifully with her vibrant illustrations.”—Open Book Toronto, 06/05/12


“... fun and engaging, the poetic use of language rich and lyrical ...”—Resource Links, 04/12


“This delightful book will elicit giggles from three-to six-year-olds and knowing smiles from parents.”—Canadian Children’s Book News, 11/12


“… a great, fun way to start introducing that clothing is important and can be fun …”—creativemadnessmama.com, 04/23/12


“The voice of Jamaica is in poet Olive Senior’s lilting prose, and the lively illustrations are painted in Fernandes’s signature child-friendly style.”—CM Reviews, 05/12


“This cute book will certainly amuse the younger set and evoke fond (or not so fond) memories in anyone who has had to chase a naked toddler.”—Word Up, Nerd Up, 04/28/12


“A fun book to read to children …”—QFHSA (Quebec Federation of Home and School Associations) News, 03/12


“... a lot of parents and kids will be able to relate to this delightful tale of unencumbered toddlerhood!”—Cozy Little Book Journey, 11/20/12


“Olive Senior ... lends her poetic flair ... with snappy sounds and rhythms. ... Eugenie Fernandes adds to the lush scenery with warm, vibrant paintings that exude as much energy as Johnny himself.”—ForeWord Reviews, 04/12


“Comical events will appeal to young children who can identify with strong-willed, independent-thinking Johnny.”—School Library Journal, 09/12


“Fernandes’ bright, busy paintings are a good match for the buoyant and ample text, which is full of phonic riffs that make the tale a terrific read-aloud.”—Kirkus Reviews, *starred review, 02/12


“I was charmed by this little book and its gentle lesson, and I loved the colorful illustrations by artist Eugenie Fernandes, which help to underscore the story.”—Western Wheel, 05/16/12


“Enthusiastic junior nudists everywhere will unite behind this one.”—Booklist, 05/12


“Olive Senior adds this exuberant, joyously-infused tale for wee clothing anti-enthusiasts to her impressive writing repertoire.”—Paper Based Bookshop, 08/10/13

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Canadian Children's  Book Centre
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Birthday Suit

“Johnny likes to run around / naked.” So begins this charming tale about an “almost” four-year-old who refuses to be contained by clothes. “Ha-ha, sea. It’s me!” Johnny cries, thinking the sea cannot recognize him in the swimming trunks he shuffles off when his mother turns her back. Frustrated by Johnny’s ability to slip out of any manner of clothing, his mother finds overalls that fasten with “evil metal monsters.” It is a talk with his father, however, that makes Johnny consider the benefits of joining the attired world.

Written in free verse, Senior’s text reads like a sing-song conversation sprinkled with repetition, onomatopoeia, lists and different types of rhyme (e.g., internal and oblique). Use of the present tense and colloquial “you” adds to the story’s immediacy. From the control of language demonstrated in this text, it is no surprise that Senior is an acclaimed poet and writer (she won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize).

Fernandes’s paintings explode with movement and energy, not only animating the text but enriching it by playing Johnny’s drama against a backdrop of busy, bustling Caribbean life. Flora and fauna, which participate as much in the daily workings of island life as people, wander outside the frame of the picture and into the white space surrounding the text. Fernandes’s warm palette is dominated by yellows and blues. The anthropomorphism, subjective perspective and recurring motifs make her art distinctive.

This delightful book will elicit giggles from three- to six-yearolds and knowing smiles from parents.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Fall 2012. Volume 35 No. 4.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
Librarian review

Birthday Suit

Johnny loves nothing better than splashing in the ocean waves — naked. But Mom says he’s too old to run around without clothes on. She tries and tries to get him to keep his clothes on, but to no avail. Finally some wise words from Dad help Johnny see things differently.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Spring, 2012.

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