Perfect Picture Book Friday – Happy Birthday, Cupcake!

It’s Perfect Picture Book Friday and a perfect day for birthday cupcakes! 🙂

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!  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!  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 🙂 ), 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:  Well, for starters, it’s about a cupcake 🙂 and stars a host of other dessert item characters like Donut, Ice Cream Cone, and Eclair 🙂  But seriously, half the fun of a birthday is planning what kind of party to have – every kid does it!  But it can be hard to come up with an idea that pleases everyone.  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.  And the ending is just right 🙂

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🙂

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

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Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!! 🙂  And Happy Easter to all who celebrate!

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

  1. 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!

  2. 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. 😉 Happy Easter!

  3. 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. 😀

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

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