Thursday, May 27, 2010

Birthday Bash and Armchair BEA Book Giveaway - Otto Grows Down by Michael Sussman

What do Margaret Wise Brown, Arnold Lobel, Ian Fleming, Diane deGroat, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mary Pope Osborne, Lillian Hoban, Margret Rey, Eoin Colfer, L. Frank Baum, Edward Lear, James M. Barrie, Leo Lionni, Charles Shaw, and Don Wood all have in common? They were all born in the month of May!

My birthday is in May, too, so I thought I'd have a special birthday bash book giveaway to celebrate. Plus, today also happens to be Armchair BEA Giveaway Day! One of our favorite picture books about birthdays is Otto Grows Down by Michael Sussman. I reviewed Otto Grows Down last year on Brimful Curiosities and here's a snippet of my summary (make sure to click on over to my whole review if you want to learn more about the book):
The birthday. The candles and cake. The WISH! Otto, on his sixth birthday, feels rather neglected. You see, one week earlier, he became a big brother. No longer the center of attention, Otto takes his birthday wish to heart and wishes his baby sister Anna was never born. In theory, you'd think a wish like that would set things like they were before. Not quite so, as Otto quickly learns. The wish makes time go backwards. Yes, Otto's parents take his sister back to the hospital. But backwards time doesn't stop there. Time continues to go in reverse. Otto, to his dismay, grows younger, smaller and more frantic as each former birthday passes and he desperately tries to set things right.
Believe me, Sussman's humorous and unusual book is definitely memorable. My daughter frequently requests to read "the birthday book" because the premise of growing down and time going backwards is so very interesting and unique. As I near my mid 30's, the thought of time going backwards does sound kind of appealing. But even though I sometimes dread growing another year older, I'm going to think on the positive side and take each day as it comes, enjoy my life and count my blessings. No, I won't be wishing to for time to go in reverse. But it's still fun to take a trip down memory lane. Today I'm posting pictures and taking you on a journey as "Janelle Grows Down," from age 6 to age 1. Enjoy and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end!











Michael Sussman
and Nancy Coffey Literary and Media Representation have kindly offered to giveaway one copy of Otto Grows Down to a Brimful Curiosities reader.

To enter, leave a comment about a birthday memory of yours. Or name another author or illustrator with a May birthday that I haven't mentioned.
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• Contest ends on Monday, June 14th, 2010 at 11:59 PM CST.
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65 comments:

Stephanie said...

Very cute pictures! Someone at your house was good at cake decorating!

Your clown cake reminded me of my favorite birthday party- I think I was turning 5, and it was a carnival party with games like a peanut hunt, a sponge toss (at my dad, which all my friends thought was hilarious) and a fishing game. I remember me and my guests just running around the yard and just having a blast.

Stephanie said...

Following on twitter as stlyhu and tweeted here: http://twitter.com/stlyhu/status/14825857042

Judy said...

I agree, your cakes were amazing! Did your mom make those?! My most vivid birthday memory was receiving a live Siamese kitten. One, because it was wrapped up in a hat box. and Two, because I don't know who was more shocked, the cat or me, but we both freaked out and ran!

Judy said...

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Judy said...

I announced your wonderful giveaway on my blog. http://grammyreads.blogspot.com/2010/05/cat-is-out-of-bag.html

Bridget said...

I have several birthday memories that stand out. The first is of my 9th birthday. Why do I remember? The gifts were great. I got Uno cards (to this day I'm only missing about 4 cards from the deck), the Guess Who game, a tote bag, and 2 or 3 Great Illustrated Classics. This was my first taste of Little Women.

The other memory is about my Granny saving the day. My mom baked me a cake (with our last box of cake mix) and forgot to put the eggs in. Eggs are essential to cakes. I called Granny in a panic. She baked me another cake and saved the day.

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Bridget said...

I follow on Twitter & tweeted the giveaway

http://twitter.com/bridgetrwilson/status/14836476918

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Michael Sussman said...

Happy Birthday! And thanks for your kind words about Otto.

Here's a link to a story about a boy who who was inspired by Otto to throw himself a backwards birthday party!
http://bit.ly/9hmREm

alissa4illustration said...

My favorite birthday memory is when my mom made me a doll cake. It was 3D. So memorable!

Mrs. Vincent said...

Sounds like a great book! It reminds me of the Brad Pitt movie...something about Benjamin Button...although I never saw the movie...

I do love birthdays, mine is in two weeks! Two years ago my husband planned out a whole "Amazing Race" for me. My family and I hopped from place to place following clues. We hit all my favorite places, Cheesecake Factory, Barnes and Noble, Old Navy...it was awesome!

Mary Elizabeth said...

B/day memory of mine...hmmm...I remember I was so excited to have a "doll" b/day party, where all of my little friends would bring their fave dolls and we would play house with them during my party. Well, nobody brought a doll...except me! Oh well!
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rhapsodyinbooks said...

What adorable pictures - I love the doll cake! One of my favorite birthday memories is getting a cake with The Beatles done up in frosting on the cake!

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Jenny said...

Cute b-day pics. A b-day memory I have is my dad telling me to go clean up the yard, and I was inwardly so mad at having to go clean the yard on my b-day - but I went outside, and there was a new bike sitting there.

shopannies said...

for my tenth birthday I had a pizza party but the best thing was that all the family was there it was so much fun

Staci said...

What a fun book (and very cute photos!)

One of my best birthday memories was from when I was 5 and my mom took me to the movies for the first time. I was so excited!
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Tif said...

This book looks so cute!! Thank you for the opportunity!! One birthday memory that I have was one where I was actually sick. Despite feeling icky, I had an awesome cake and still had a great day!!

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Tif said...

I'm already a follower by the way!

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MoziEsmé said...

Birthdays were never a big celebration as a kid. I was the youngest of 5 - that might be why. I do remember walking with a neighborhood friend to the store to buy chips - we invited two other friends, and my mom made a dip of ketchup and mayo that I thought was terrible! That was the only party of my childhood! :)

We posted about this giveaway at Winning Readings: http://winningreadings.blogspot.com/2010/05/otto-grows-down.html

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Linda Kish said...

At my 4th birthday party I was feeling brave until the boxer dog next door knocked me down. That led to a fear of dogs that lasted til I was 50. Not a fun memory but the one that always stands out.

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rubynreba said...

I remember my 10th birthday because I thought it was a big deal that I had two numbers in my age!
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Debbie F said...

I remember my 3rd birthday and right before I blew out the candles I looked up at my grandfather and he winked at me. He died a couple of months later. I don't know why I remember that but I'm glad I have that one memory of him.

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Anonymous said...

One very special birthday I had while I was in grade school was a sleepover birthday party with my closest girlfriends and a chance to go shopping the next day at the mall with my birthday money.

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cstironkat said...

My mom made me a cookie monster cake. I loved it and it made my 8th birthday very special.

icefairy said...

My best birthday memory was the party I had when I turned 19. That's the first and only birthday party I've ever had in my life. All my best friends were invited over to have great food and fun games together.

Anonymous said...

My best birthday memory is when I was 5 years old and my favorite uncle came back from Vietnam. We were all so excited to see him and he was happy and healthy! Of course, he got the biggest piece of my birthday cake!!!!
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Denise said...

I remember my father giving me a giraffe picture a friend of his took in Africa when I was 12 and I still have it on my wall.

Cakeblast said...

Wow - those are some really nice cakes in the pictures. I used to love lemon cake and my Mom would sometimes fix those for my birthday.

Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in the month of May.

Cakeblast said...

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Anonymous said...

I'm not a big fan of cake, so my mom would make me a cherry pie and we'd put candles in it!

Wendy
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ossmcalc said...

My birthday memory that really sticks out was when I turned 30 years old. I lived in a city near my parents, and my dad knew the owner of the radio stations in both cities. Dad had them announce that I was turning 30 years old that day and that if the listener wanted to call me up and wish me a Happy Birthday, they had to call and they gave out my home phone number. I got so many birthday wishes from people that I did not know. It was actually kind of fun.

Thank you,

Christine
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ossmcalc said...

I follow you on Twitter and tweeted about this giveaway http://twitter.com/ossmcalc/status/15768526006

thank you,

Christine
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AEKZ2 said...

My favorite birthday memory occurred during my last birthday when we went to Disneyland! My husband, kids, and I had so much fun!

The Five of Us said...

Hi!

B-day memory: My husband took me to the NYC to see a Broadway show. But first, We went to a nice restaurant close by and when I opened the menu: It said, Happy Birthday to you Jennifer, we hope it's wonderful or something close to that. So I knew my husband put much thought into calling this place ahead of time because this was typed up very nice. It was too sweet! :-) This was I believe before we had children too.

Would love to win the contest!!
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"Miss" Anita said...

A birthday memory of mine was when I planned a surprise party for my husband's 30th birthday with a few friends and family. Low and behold, the family got together and decided to surprise me, too! They had a cake for my hubby's b-day, and one for mine (even though I'm 3-1/2 weeks younger than he is). :)
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"Miss" Anita said...

I follow you, and I subscribe.
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justicecw said...

My favorite Birthday memory is going to Chuck E Cheese's and my little sister was afraid of the characters...lol!
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ossmcalc said...

I subscribe via email.

Thank you,

Christine
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Anonymous said...

My Mom would always get me a Mint Chocolate Angel Food Cake from Bennison's Bakery for my birthday!

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Louis said...

my favorite birthday memory was when my mom took me to a small but fancy and expensive bakery where I could pick my own cake

Amanda said...

One of my favorite birthday memories was my grandmother making me a fireworks cake one year - it was so unique!
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CarrieAnn13 said...

I have an April birthday and up here in the Northeast the weather can be very unprdictable in April - snowy, rainy, muddy, or beautiful. I remember my parents renting the pool at a local hotel so I could have a pool party in April - and it snowed that year so it was even better. The hotel had a glass wall where you could see outside from the pool area, so it was like swimming outside - we all thought that was the coolest!

Melissa B. said...

I had a birthday party at McDonalds when I was little. I remember that my cousin blew my candles out and I was ticked off.

MAC Mom said...

One of my favorite Birthday Memories was my mom threw a suprise birthday for me when I turned 7. It was so fun to walk into a party that was mine.

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etirv said...

Author Marian Engel was born May 24, 1933. She wrote Adventure at Moon Bay Towers (1974) and My name is not Odessa Yarker (1977) which are children's books.

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