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.
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