Synopsis

The big day is almost here. The invitations are sent, the presents made pretty... there's some fun to prepare!Peek inside the homes of these adorable animals as they celebrate charming birthday traditions - from party hats and pinatas to blowing out the candles... and making a wish. Hip hip hooray!This picture book, by an award-winning duo, features echidnas in Australia, goats in Canada, sloths in Costa Rica, narwhals in the nippy Barents sea, orangutans in the depths of Borneo, and an entire menagerie of creatures from around the world-sending invitations, wrapping presents, playing party games and of course, prepping the birthday cake for the ultimate annual wish.Starting on birthday eve and ending as the party hits full swing, this vibrant romp will delight little ones as their very special day comes around... and highlights the importance of family, friends and the heart-warming traditions of childhood.
Tania McCartney
About the author

Tania McCartney

Tania McCartney is an author, illustrator and editor with experience in magazines and book publishing. Her first author-illustrated book, Australia Illustrated, was released in November 2016 and she has gone on to illustrate two maps and five books, including a collaboration with Jackie French for the National Library of Australia.The founder of Kids' Book Review and the 52-Week Illustration Challenge, Tania is a past ambassador for the National Year of Reading (2012) and a current ambassador for the Chief Minister's Reading Challenge (ACT). She is also an experienced speaker and presenter, running workshops for schools and organisations such as the ACT Writers Centre, the ASA, CBCA and SCBWI.Tania's books have won awards and shortlistings, and have been released in Australia, NZ, the UK, the US, Canada and China. Recent awards include several CBCA Notable books, the Laurie Copping Award for Distinguished Service to Children's Literature 2017, and the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award 2017 for Smile Cry.Now a HarperCollins author, Tania's picture book, Mamie, was released in December 2018. Tania has lived in France, England and China, and currently lives in Canberra with her family.Photo credit: Christine Pobke

Books by Tania McCartney

Jess Racklyeft
About the author

Jess Racklyeft

Jess Racklyeft is a children's book lover, draw-er and reader based in Melbourne, who also creates work for card companies, picture books, original paintings, prints and all types of different client projects. Jess loves watercolours, but is getting more and more into combining digital work and tinker with oils, pencils and other bits and bobs she can get her mitts on. Two of the books Jess has illustrated, Merry Everything and Smile Cry, have gone on to become CBCA notables.

Books by Jess Racklyeft

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