A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
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What's the story?
Plees come to my bithday party tomoro at 12 o cloc dont be lat. Kipper's having a birthday party and wants all of his friends to attend. Confusion reigns when everyone receives the invitations a day late and mistakenly assume that the party is the following day. Sweet illustrations capture all the fun of a party--with or without guests.
Is it any good?
Mick Inkpen once again delivers a chipper tale that's a preschooler's delight. While one toddler who was read this tale appeared baffled by the today-tomorrow conundrum, older children immediately caught the joke. The perplexing wordplay is a mini brainteaser for readers to puzzle out. Unlike most of the Kipper books, this one is geared toward preschoolers through second-graders, with a substantially longer story and more complex plot.
As always, Inkpen's winsome illustrations add a great deal to the tale. Clean lines, warmly drawn characters, and bright colors attract the reader's eye. Keeping the layout simple -- with just a few character and objects in each picture -- prevents younger children from becoming overwhelmed by detail.