Perfect Picture Book Friday – Happy Birthday, Cupcake!

It’s Perfect Picture Book Friday and a perfect day for birthday cupcakes! ๐Ÿ™‚

Join me, won’t you?

HB Cupcake

Title: Happy Birthday, Cupcake!

Written & Illustrated By: Terry Border

Philomel Books, July 2015, fiction

Suitable For Ages: 5-8

Themes/Topics: birthdays, creativity, friendship, surprise

Opening: “‘Today’s my birthday,” said Cupcake, ‘and I want to share it with friends! ย But what kind of party should I have?’

Brief Synopsis: It’s Cupcake’s birthday and she wants to celebrate with a party, but her friend Blueberry Muffin finds problems with every single idea! ย What’s a cupcake to do?!

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text and illustration copyright Terry Border 2015

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text and illustration copyright Terry Border 2015

Links To Resources: have a cupcake party! bake your own cupcakes (easy cupcake recipes HERE or use a mix ๐Ÿ™‚ ), then provide lots of fun toppings so your friends/family can decorate their own; draw a picture of the perfect cake or cupcake and label all the toppings!; brainstorm a list of party ideas for yourself or your friends or siblings – what’s the craziest or most fun idea you can think of?

Why I Like This Book: ย Well, for starters, it’s about a cupcake ๐Ÿ™‚ and stars a host of other dessert item characters like Donut, Ice Cream Cone, and Eclair ๐Ÿ™‚ ย But seriously, half the fun of a birthday is planning what kind of party to have – every kid does it! ย But it can be hard to come up with an idea that pleases everyone. ย This story puts a fun twist on the whole concept, taking the anxiety out of the planning by the sheer silliness of the problems experienced by friends who are food. ย And the ending is just right ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do ๐Ÿ™‚

For the complete list of books with resources, please visitย Perfect Picture Books.

PPBF folks, please add your titles and post-specific links (and any other info you feel like filling out ๐Ÿ™‚ ) to the form below so we can all come see what fabulous picture books you’ve chosen to share this week!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ย And Happy Easter to all who celebrate!

16 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – Happy Birthday, Cupcake!

  1. Maria Marshall (@MariaMarshall_) says:

    Susanna, who doesn’t love cupcakes? This is a cute book. Hardest thing is to try to please all your friends, all the time. Anything that helps with the hard task of learning to compromise is a winner for me. Thanks for featuring this one. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. viviankirkfield says:

    Cupcakes and donuts and ice cream cones…oh my!
    The PERFECT subject for any conversation!
    Thanks, Susanna…this is really cute and would make a great mentor text for those who want to try writing from a unique POV.
    Has your snow finally melted? I am happy to say ours has! But even happier to say I am looking forward to seeing you next weekend at NESCBWI…YAY!

  3. Diane Tulloch says:

    What a fun unique pov for a story. This will certainly catch every kids eye. Just reading your review is making me hungry and as it’s Easter I’m hanking after a marshmallow chocolate Easter Egg. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Happy Easter!

  4. Jilanne Hoffmann says:

    Oh, hello cupcake! That’s how I great all my friends. I sooo love these illustrations. They just make me smile without any text at all. ๐Ÿ˜€

    I’m a little late, today. But better late…..

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