Celebrate You!
Celebrate You!

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Annotation: Presents a gift-appropriate celebration of a young person's milestones on the way to growing up.
Catalog Number: #173097
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Illustrator: Kang, A. N.,
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-06-256402-1 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-3558-3
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-06-256402-3 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-3558-2
Dewey: E
Dimensions: 23 cm.
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
An extended hip-hip-hooray in book form.The opening double-page spread shows a bewildered, anthropomorphic penguin walking into a room bedecked with streamers and balloons as confetti flies about. A bevy of animals on the facing page leaps up with a cheer. "Yippee" reads a banner held in an owl's beak, while a pair of penguins (the protagonist's family?), a polar bear, a fox, and a deer join in the celebration. The "you" in the title and in text throughout the book clearly addresses this protagonist penguin, but it encompasses the reader, too: "On this special occasion, / we're just so filled with pride, / and we're thrilled, and we're grateful, / to be on your side!" Bouncy, rhyming text and playful, expressive, digitally enhanced multimedia illustrations make plain the joy the group feels, but the celebrated event remains ambiguous. Furthermore, the order of the illustrations doesn't really matter, since neither words nor pictures provide a narrative for the reader to latch onto. Although a presumed flashback begins with the penguin's hatching and both text and illustrations periodically depict the penguin's growth, the vignettes depicted in between are cute but feel arbitrary. The result is a book that feels more like an expanded greeting card than it does a picture book.A good pick for kindergarten and preschool graduation gifts and other such early-childhood events. (Picture book. 2-5)
Publishers Weekly
A penguin wearing a red bow tie-and an expression of uncertainty-comes home to a surprise party with parents, animal friends, balloons, cake, and lots of enthusiasm. The penguins and party guests fondly reminisce about the penguin-s hatching and milestones, and speculate on the penguin-s future. Rinker-s rhymes have a nice, chugging rhythm: -Strong will and hard work/ have led you this way./ You-ve chased all your dreams.../ Look where you are today!- Scenes show the penguin catching a massive fish through a hole in the ice, -flying- with a checkered red cape (-Nothing can stop you/ when you aim for the sky!-), and heading out on a little sailboat-a gentle whale happily guiding the boat just beneath the waves. Working in spare mixed media, Kang captures the gushing exuberance of proud parents-and the delight in being the feted penguin. Ages 4-8. (Mar.)
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Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-2

From Sherri Duskey Rinker, the blockbuster New York Times bestselling author of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, and A. N. Kang, the acclaimed illustrator of Papillon: The Very Fluffy Kitty, comes the perfect graduation book for fans of The Wonderful Things You Will Be.

Loudly and proudly, let’s celebrate YOU!

This charming new picture book celebrates all the small but important milestones on the way to growing up, from the first wobbly baby steps to the time when they’re ready to leave the nest.

With irresistible illustrations and an inspiring message, Celebrate You! will cheer and encourage readers of any age.

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