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Kipper's Birthday



Chipper tale is a preschooler's delight.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Abbot and Costello-like blunders occur when the concept of tomorrow versus today is taken to hilarious heights.

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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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the misunderstanding. How does Kipper feel when no one comes to his party? Parents can review the meaning of today, tomorrow, and yesterday with their young kids.

Book details

Author:Mick Inkpen
Illustrator:Mick Inkpen
Genre:Picture Book
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Harcourt Brace
Publication date:January 1, 1993
Number of pages:24
Publisher's recommended age(s):2 - 4

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Kid, 8 years old April 9, 2008

Was it the right day?

Kipper's Birthday is even though for young children, still good for olders! Kipper is giving out invites to his birthday party. But, he gives them to Tiger who feels to tired to deliver them on the day Kipper gave him so will Kipper spend his birthday alone?!


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